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High Force (A DCI Ryan Mystery #5) by L.J.Ross. Murder/Mystery/Thriller. ARC Review

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Hell has unleashed a demon – and he’s coming for you… 

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan’s worst nightmare has just become a reality. Notorious serial killer The Hacker has escaped prison and kidnapped one of his best detectives from her own home. His brutality is the stuff of legend – Ryan lost his sister and nearly his own life bringing the man to justice first time around. Can Ryan do it again to save his friend? 

There’s a nationwide manhunt underway but the trail has gone cold and fear spreads like a virus. Ryan and his team must find The Hacker before he takes another life – but are they too late? 

The clock is ticking… 

Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape. 


A particularly vicious serial killer has escaped from prison, and taken a female police detective.  DCI Ryan and his team know that the killer has deliberately targeted one of their own because they are the ones that caught him the first time.  Everyone is working all hours to try and find him before the body count gets any higher.  While the killer is taunting them and proving just how brilliant he is. Is  detective MacKenzie being held or is she already dead?  We know but the team don't.  Our devious killer seems to be able to do anything he wants right under their noses.   
A marvellous thriller, that follows both sides of crimes.  We are given details of the crime scenes that play on the minds and emotions of the police because they are staged to do exactly that. 
This is part of a series but you could read any of them on it's own.  It's only the personal relationships of members of the team that follow a timeline. 
A book that will certainly keep you enthralled from first to last. 


Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, LJ Ross moved to London where she graduated from King's College London with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Law. After working in the City as a regulatory lawyer for a number of years, she realised it was high time for a change. 

Her first book, 'Holy Island', has consistently been listed as an Amazon bestseller since its release in January 2015 and hit the Amazon UK Kindle #1 position in May 2015. Its sequels, 'Sycamore Gap', 'Heavenfield' and 'Angel' have all been #1 bestsellers. 

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