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Into the Fire

by Rachael Blok

Books of the Month Crime / Mystery Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on Into the Fire

A dramatic, intense, and entertaining mystery which is so vivid it feels as though you are watching the story play out rather than reading the words. DCI Jansen joins a house party for the luxury launch of a new tech company after one of the high profile guests receives threats. This is the third in the DCI Maarten Jansen series though only my first outing and I found that it reads wonderfully as a standalone. There is fascinating insight into the guests and it feels as though this is their story rather than Maarten’s. There are a fair few characters to get your head around, but each is distinctly different which helps. The country house chic, the wealthy guests, the backbiting and buzz all adds to the theatre of the piece. Rachael Blok allows information to ebb and flow, slowly filling in blanks, and all the while the interplay between the characters encourages suspicion and intrigue to grow. The ending enters with a roar, with events dramatically concluding. Into the Fire is as much about the setting and characters as it is the crime, which ensures a hugely captivating read. 

Liz Robinson

Into the Fire Synopsis

Eleven guests. Three nights. One murderer... This is the haunting and atmospheric new thriller from rising star of crime fiction, Rachael Blok.

In a gorgeous mansion in the Hertfordshire countryside, sisters Lois and Ebba prepare to launch their new venture. Archipelago is an exploitation-free tech company whose virtual reality game promises to unite the worlds of technology, politics and the environment.

Invited to the launch party are their investors: current and ex-politicians, international business moguls and activists, one of whom - Marieke - has been receiving online abuse and death threats for her views on eco-politics.

DCI Maarten Jansen has been summoned to join the house party. He is sure the threats are from online trolls with nothing better to do - he's only offering police protection because his boss wants to put the VIP guests at ease. But when eight of the guests are involved in a suspicious helicopter crash, Maarten starts to uncover long-buried secrets - and a murderer in their midst...

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Into the Fire Press Reviews


'Blok has an elliptical, poetic style that treats the narrative as a broken mirror that dazzles as much as it reveals. The Scorched Earth is a powerful, eventful novel ... The dizzying heat comes off the page' The Times.

'Richly textured ... An engrossing and twisty procedural' Sunday Times Crime Club.

'This atmospheric novel is a slow burn - but well worth it' Heat.

'Gripping, twisty and immensely satisfying, The Scorched Earth confirms Blok's talent' Daily Mail.

'A scorchingly good thriller' - Sunday Mirror

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ISBN: 9781838931704
Publication date: 01/04/2021
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781838931704
Publication date: 1st April 2021
Author: Rachael Blok
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Crime / Mystery, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Thriller / suspense, Crime & mystery,

About Rachael Blok

Rachael Blok grew up in Durham and studied Literature at Warwick University. She taught English at a London Comprehensive and is now a full-time writer living in Hertfordshire with her husband and children. Visit

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