Thank you to Sarah Hardy from @BOTBSPublicity for organising this tour and to Morgen Bailey for a copy of this novel in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
Panicked at killing a man on a Northamptonshire country road, drunk driver Liam Ross buries the body in the woods. The man was an undercover cop. When Liam returns to the woods… the body has disappeared.
Set in present-day Northamptonshire, England, ‘One for the Road’ focuses on three interweaving threads: the repercussions for drunk driver Liam Ross after he hits a man on a country road when yet another argument with live-in nurse girlfriend, Jo, has driven him to the pub on that fateful night; gang underling Barry ‘Not Gary’ Newman; and newly married Todd Litten aka Neil Ryder, the policeman who was just doing his job.
Today I am hosting a review of one of my favourite authors – Morgen Bailey but this is yet again something completely different that any of her other books (that I have read so far).
This is a story of 3 people whose lives connect. Todd (AKA Neil) is an undercover police officer, Barry is a gang member and Liam is the driver involved in a drunken hit and run. Additionally there is Charlie, a journalist out for a story.
This is an intriguing story that feels like a lighter version of a David Lynch novel. It switches view points very quickly and for the first few chapters it feels a little confusing, stick with it for about 10% as once the links begin to form and the story develops it turns into a riveting and compelling read. I couldn’t put this one down. The short chapters keep this a fast paced novel and the clever timing of revealing certain aspects of the story keep your reading – it’s definitely one of those books where you hear yourself saying ‘Just one more Chapter’ and then an hour later you are still reading.
The range of characters are interesting and written in a very smart way. They aren’t all [particularly likable but they are real and Morgen manages to bring them to life through description and actions by giving them all endearing point and flaws.
The plot itself is well thought out and intricate. The way in which everything links together beautifully and the timing of the reveals and links make this a fantastic novel with difference.
Author Bio – Morgen Bailey