Today I’m on the tour for Twenty Sixteen by Lee Bullman, thank you to Zoé at Zooloos Book Tours for organising it and inviting me to take part and thank you to the author and the publisher for my copy.
Synopsis: Two murders, committed over three decades apart, set in motion a modern noir detective story that plays out against the chaos of a Britain at odds with itself.
As Brexit bites and Britain begins to tear itself apart, DI Reider returns from a manhunt in Europe with a bullet hole in his shoulder and decides it’s time to retire from the force. But Reider hasn’t counted on his first case coming back to haunt him. He hasn’t counted on his career going full circle and he definitely hasn’t counted on Sasha Haye.
Angry and heartbroken, Sasha is seeking answers about the death of her boyfriend and Reider might just be the only person who can help her find them.
Against the backdrop of the referendum and its aftermath, the pair embark on a journey that brings them into contact with extremism, celebrity, politicsand the world of vintage porn, as they attempt to unravel a murderous knot with threads that lead into the dark heart of the establishment, and a past which has a cold and unrelenting grip on the present.
My Rating: 🐧🐧🐧.5
My Thoughts: This book was definitely a slow burn crime story, it kind of felt in places like the murder/suicide at the beginning of the book was mentioned and then forgotten, but you do start to realise after a while that it’s actually a big very important part of the story..
Alec Reider is just starting his policing career when the body of a young woman is found dead in her flat, unfortunately that night there is a lot of crime in the area so he is given the job of checking out the scene, making notes, reporting back.. but he ends up staying the night because they all forget he’s there and no one picks him up. In the time he had he really feels like he’s got to know her & notices the little things that point towards this being a murder, unfortunately all his “higher ups” have already decided it’s a suicide and that’s it. Little does he know at the time that he will always carry this woman around in his heart.
Then we meet Sasha, 35, single, jobless and homeless but she has a great group of friends who rally round and help her out. One night she meets Jonny and they begin a whirlwind romance, they plan on spending the rest of their lives together, but Sasha comes back to their flat after a night out and finds Jonny dead in the chair seemingly from an overdose, but she knows that’s not him. unfortunately no one believes her.
Alec Reider is the one to interview Sasha on that night about her boyfriends death.. that one meeting would change both of their lives forever.
What follows is a story with so many twists and turns that half the time you don’t know which way is up. It reveals sordid secrets that some very famous people would kill it keep secret & corruption in places you would least expect.
I have a soft spot for Solly, he reminded me very much of men I have in my life who would just do whatever they can to help, he always had Sasha’s best interests at heart, he was looking after her even when she didn’t know it.
Crime books don’t often make me feel the emotions that this one did, I laughed, I was shocked but I also shed a tear once or twice.
I do have to say though that I can’t make out much on the cover, I have MS & eye problems as a result so although I know there must be writing on the cover, the colours used are too similar and my eyes can’t make the words out, it just looks like one big pink strip 😂
That in no way takes away from the book at all. If you like your crime books slightly slower paced with a big emphasis on characters and their development as well as the story itself then I can highly recommend this one!