Christmas With the Conduit by Wes Markin – Blog Tour

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If you fail to stop a killer, then they will only grow stronger.

DCI Michael Yorke and Emma Gardner are still plagued by guilt over their failure to catch the murderous psychiatrist known as the Conduit, and the loss of their former colleague to insanity.

On Christmas Day, following a brutal massacre in Leeds, Yorke and Gardner find themselves once again chasing the ruthless puppeteer, believing that they have the initiative.

But as the two investigators draw closer to the Conduit, they quickly discover that they were never truly in control, and completely vulnerable to what comes next.

A rising tide of psychological warfare.

And the horrendous truth behind the fate of their former colleague.

The DCI Yorke series

Prequel: A Lesson in Crime               
#1 One Last Prayer for the Rays
#2 The Repenting Serpent         
#3 The Silence of Severance     
#4 Rise of the Rays                    
#5 Dance with the Reaper         
#6 Christmas with the Conduit   

My Thoughts

So, if you’re a fan of only festive fun and warm gooey Christmassy goodness then back away slowly! However, if like me you love to visit the dark side and torment your mind, step this way.  I’ve read enough of this series to know that you don’t dive in headfirst.  First you fasten your seatbelt cos it’s going to be a bumpy ride.  Then you make sure you are in your innermost dark place and prepare to stay there a while.  Once you’ve done this, get ready to lose yourself in an intense and exciting experience.

I’ve read most of this series and find for the best character development and story flow it helps if you read in order.  However, I have missed a few (please forgive me – I plan to catch up) and I didn’t find my reading pleasure was ruined.  Wes does a great job of making sure the reader knows the score.  For this novel, book 3 would be a good introduction as this is where we meet The Conduit.

The Conduit is a murderous and sadistic genius doctor who ‘programmes’ his patients to kill on his behalf.  After leaving behind total carnage and shattered lives, it seems he is back and as brutal as ever.  The whole psychology behind The Conduit’s methods is terrifyingly fascinating and I couldn’t help being horrified but intrigued and a little impressed buy it all. 

Wes Markin’s writing style is immersive and as I read, I experienced.  The main characters, including Yorke are all experiencing some real pain.  Team members have moved on and everything has taken its toll.  It’s heart-breaking to experience this alongside them all as they are characters we have grown to love.  But then in the tangle of emotions, there’s this terrifying murder case with an old nemesis to contend with.  My heart was in my mouth the whole time and I kept page turning hoping for some fluffy Christmas loveliness.

As always, Wes has written yet another wonderfully gruesome, edge of your seat thriller which will grip you from beginning to end.              

Author Bio – Wes Markin

Wes Markin is a hyperactive English teacher, who loves writing crime fiction with a twist of the macabre.

Having finished the sixth instalment in the DCI Yorke series, Christmas with the Conduit, Wes is now working on the seventh instalment of DCI Yorke’s wild ride. He is also the author of Defined, a prequel to his DCI Yorke novels, which takes the reader back to his blood-soaked university days.

Born in 1978, Wes grew up in Manchester, UK. After graduating from Leeds University, he spent fifteen years as a teacher of English, and has taught in Thailand, Malaysia and China. Now as a teacher, writer, husband and father, he is currently living in Harrogate, UK.

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