A highly engaging and entertaining crime mystery set during a country house party for the luxury launch of a new tech company.
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.
'I tore through it' Erin Kelly 'Perfect storytelling' Victoria Selman 'A wicked plot' The Times Eleven guests. Three nights. One murderer. In a stately mansion in the Hertfordshire countryside, sisters Lois and Ebba throw a launch party for their new venture: Archipelago, a virtual reality game. In attendance are their celebrity investors including a glamorous British couple, a brooding Swedish financier, a Dutch banker and his film star wife, and a controversial politician. But beneath the glamorous surface, there are sordid secrets that include steamy affairs, deals in dirty money and anonymous death threats. So when eight of the guests are involved in a helicopter crash, it quickly becomes clear that it was no accident. It was murder. 'Sizzles with suspense' Jane Isaac 'Gripping and beautifully told' Clare Empson 'Held me in a tight grip' Caroline Green 'Intelligent, modern and richly textured' Dominic Nolan
|Publication date:||1st April 2021|
|Publisher:||Head of Zeus|
|Primary Genre||Thriller and Suspense|
Closing date: 30/09/2021
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 rachaelblok.comMore About Rachael Blok