A huge thanks to Tracy Fenton from https://www.compulsivereaders.com/ for organising this tour and to James Carol, Zaffre and Netgalley for a copy of this novel in return for a fair and unbiased review.
For fans of J. P. Delaney’s The Girl Before comes a thriller that makes us question our relationship with technology and the lengths we would go to, to keep our family safe.
Three years ago, Ethan and Nikki Rhodes suffered a devastating loss. Their four-year-old daughter Grace was tragically killed when she ran from their garden into the path of a car. Ethan, a radio personality, escapes into work, while Nikki quits her job to care for their remaining child, Grace’s twin sister, Bella, who hasn’t spoken since that night.
Trying to give the family a fresh start, Ethan moves them to a revolutionary house designed by the world-famous architect, Catriona Fisher. For the Rhodes’, this is a life-changing move because a key feature of the house is the state of the art security system that allows them to be completely safe from the outside world within their own home.
But what if what they fear most is actually inside the house? What if 17 Church Row isn’t the safe haven that they think it is?
I’m a big fan of the Jefferson Winter novels so I couldn’t believe it when I got the opportunity to review the latest thriller form James Carol.
In a world where technology is becoming more and more extreme, 17 Church Row begs two main questions; How far will we go in the name of protection? How much doe we put our faith in technology?
From the first chapter Carol creates a chilling and sinister narrative that is hard to shake off throughout the rest of the novel. It’s like that malevolent but invisible character that you cannot see but you know it’s there, just waiting to reveal itself. Narrated mainly by Nikki although some chapters are told from Catriona’s view point. Sprinkled throughout are also anonymous snippets from a colder and darker voice. The occasional insertion of this voice creates an atmospheric feel and starkly reminds the reader that all is not well.
The character of Catriona is a mysterious one that forces the reader to constantly evaluate their opinion of what is happening and how she may be involved. James Carol cleverly manipulates readers into a false sense of security before turning everything on it’s head.
There is not a moment in the novel that is wasted or unnecessary and there is no way you will want to leave it unfinished. Compelling, terrifying and thought provoking this is a book you cannot fail to devour.
Author Bio – James Carol
The character of Jefferson Winter came about because he wanted to write a series of books that gave him as much freedom as possible. He figured that the more interesting he kept things for himself, the more interesting it would be for the reader.
Although the novels are written as a series, James approaches each book as a stand-alone. Each story is set in a different location, and has a different cast of characters. The beauty of this approach is that the novels can be read out of order.
Broken Dolls, the first Jefferson Winter thriller, will be published in January 2014. This will be followed in the Spring by Presumed Guilty, the first in a series of eBooks set during Winter’s FBI days. Watch Me, the second Jefferson Winter thriller, is scheduled for publication in September 2014.
When he’s not writing, James spends his time training horses and riders. An accomplished guitarist, he relaxes by writing and recording music. He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and two children.