rebus 30th anniversary twitter
Search our site
Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber Read the opening extract of the brand new Kathleen Barber book before its publication on 27/12/2017

If I Should Die by Matthew Frank
  

Sarah Broadhurst's view...

An exciting start to a South London-based crime series starring damaged Afghan army veteran training to be a detective. There is a lot about returning soldiers and their problems woven into the plot which is very thought-provoking. The plot itself is pretty horrendous. It concerns vicious attacks on homeless people, hardened teenage gangs driven by a sense of hopeless despair and a troubled girl filming the attacks apparently for kicks. It’s tough, frightening stuff and our trainee detective Joseph Stark is all too familiar with such terror. With a complex storyline and some excellent writing this is a great start to a new series.

If you like Matthew Frank you might also like to read books by Simon Kernick, Peter James and Mark Billingham.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

Win a Family Break to Salisbury!

Don’t miss out! Enter to win a family break to Salisbury!

Here at Lovereading.co.uk and Lovereading4kids.co.uk we have joined with VisitWiltshire. You could see yourself indulging in the finest food and slumbering comfortably into one of the grand rooms at The Red Lion Salisbury for two nights. The Red Lion Hotel is located in medieval city of Salisbury, which is home to all your favourite stores as well as independent shops, restaurants, cafes and parks and green spaces. Nearby is Stonehenge, Salisbury Plain and numerous sites of historic and archaeological interest.

There are many seasonal events in Salisbury, and you can find out what’s on here. You will also receive a family ticket to Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, the gardens are especially beautiful in the winter, with bold coloured stems, scents, and fabulous foliage, you can be sure to be impressed. For the children there is also a play park, and you can stop off in the Victorian tea room to warm up and treat yourself to a traditional cream tea.

To have a chance of winning this fantastic prize, click the button below. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once. Entries close 31st January 2018.

Good luck!

Terms and Conditions

Red Lion: Two night stay includes breakfast for two adults and up to two children sharing a family room. Subject to availability and cannot be exchanged or redeemed for cash value. Not to be used in combination with any other offer. Valid until 1st Dec 2018 and excludes bank holidays.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens: Valid for day entry, Not to be used for special events or group entry. Voucher is not transferable or refundable, no Cash Value. Ticket must be redeemed on entry. Valid until 31 Dec 2018. Gardens open daily from 10am – closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Prize admits 2 adults and accompanying children Under 17 FREE to Sir Harold Hillier Gardens.

Enter prize draw Draw closes: 31/01/2018

Synopsis

If I Should Die by Matthew Frank

If I Should Die is the astounding debut from British author Matthew Frank. It begins with vicious, apparently motiveless attacks on down and outs in South London. But when one of the homeless victims dies from his wounds, it's murder...For the Met investigation team's newest member, Joseph Stark, death is already all too familiar. Injured in an attack that killed his fellow soldiers and tortured by nightmares since he returned, Afghan veteran Stark has enough on his hands just trying to recover without enduring the scrutiny and sideways glances of his new colleagues. The drink and painkillers he's leaning on to keep going aren't helping. And there's only so long he can ignore the efforts of the Ministry of Defence to speak to him. When one of the victims of the attacks fights back it's soon clear that there's much more at stake than gangs preying randomly on society's weakest members. But as Stark hunts down the truth - and the rotten heart of the crimes - his own strength is fading. It seems that the ex-soldier's determination to see justice done may not, this time, be enough to carry him through. If I Should Die is the first title in a new crime series, and outstanding characterization, pitch perfect dialogue and precision plotting mark out Matthew Frank as a debut writer to watch. With the introduction of series character and ex-soldier police detective Joseph Stark, fans of Ian Rankin's Rebus novels will be hooked from the word go. Praise for If I Should Die: A gripping murder story...Frank brilliantly maintains a balance between the demands of a complex plot and his character's difficulty in returning to civilian life ...an accomplished first novel. (Sunday Times). Well researched and totally convincing, this is the first of several Stark books. Great news if they're as good as this. (Sunday Mirror). A very powerful novel. The writing is so good that it is difficult to believe that this is a debut. (New Books Magazine). A highly assured debut ...we'll look forward to the next. (Crime Fiction Lover). A great debut introducing an unusual lead character - I'm looking forward to reading more in the series. (5*s - Novel Heights). Brilliantly written. (Oodals Blog). Matthew Frank lives in Kent with his wife and three young sons. Between family life and work as an architect he tries to squeeze in a bit of mountain biking, scuba diving and midnight writing. If I Should Die is his first novel.

Reviews

'A gripping murder story ... Frank brilliantly maintains a balance between the demands of a complex plot and his character's difficulty in returning to civilian life ... an accomplished first novel' Sunday Times

'Well researched and totally convincing, this is the first of several Stark books. Great news if they're as good as this' Sunday Mirror

'A very powerful novel. The writing is so good that it is difficult to believe that this is a debut' New Books Magazine

'A highly assured debut ... we'll look forward to the next' Crime Fiction Lover

'A great debut introducing an unusual lead character - I'm looking forward to reading more in the series' - 5*s Novel Heights

'Brilliantly written' Oodals Blog

About the Author

Matthew Frank

Matthew Frank lives in Kent with his wife and three young sons. Between family life and work as an architect he tries to squeeze in a bit of mountain biking, scuba diving and midnight writing. Between the Crosses is his second novel following on from If I Should Die.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

1st January 2015

Author

Matthew Frank

More books by Matthew Frank
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Author's Website

www.matthewfrank.co.uk/
Loading twitter updates...

Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
480 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
eBook Favourites
eBook Favourites

Crime & mystery
Thriller / suspense

ISBN

9781405917513

You can trust Lovereading to show unbiased reviews by actual, ordinary readers that help likeminded booklovers choose their next great read.

Linda Hill

Lovereading is pitched at just the right level for all the various types of people who enjoy reading in its many forms.

Pam Woodburn

Because of Lovereading I have broadened my reading horizons with some really great books that I probably would never have chosen myself.

Susan Walsh

Love books. Love reading. Love reading books. And, here's the trick. Here's a website which caters for people like me.

Ian Harvey-brown

Lovereading is like booking a holiday, you don't know what it will be like and it is a whole new experience.

Sue Burton

If you love reading, then you'll love Lovereading! Full of tips & info for every discerning reader.

Lynne Rapson

It has enriched my leisure time by introducing me to a world of books which I would not have previously considered.

Val Rowe

Lovereading - a community of people passionate about reading and sharing their views. An incomparable website for book lovers.

Helen Clark

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools