Book Title: The Dead of Winter
Author: Billy McLaughlin
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: February 26th 2017
Genre(s): Crime, Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction (Adult)
Format Received: ARC (eBook)
Goodreads: A small community is rocked by the disappearance of a teenage girl and the baby next door. Coincidence? Detective Kevin Wallace doesn’t think so. All fingers point in one direction. This brand new novella delves into a small community that, at first, seems close. Relationships will be tested as Detective Wallace probes the locals with devastating consequences.
My Review: I would like to thank Billy McLaughlin and Emma Mitchell of EDM Editorial & Publicity Services for allowing me the opportunity to read The Dead of Winter and for also allowing me the opportunity to take part in the blog tour. I can confirm that all opinions in this review are my own and are completely unbiased.
This was a great 40,000 word novella. It sucked me in, gobbled me up then spat me out. What a whirlwind read!!! With just a little over 2hrs registering on the kindle as the total reading time, this is a great read to haunch down with a nice cup of tea and grab it by the horns in a single sitting. It truly is.
The Dead of Winter is a story about a missing baby and a missing teenager. Are they connected? Who knows, I’m certainly not telling … you will need to buy and read the book to find out. What I can tell you however is the story of the missing two leads to a harrowing string of events for the families involved that will make you not want to put the book down for a single second.
The Dead of Winter is like watching a season of Broadchurch. It will make you gasp, it will make you think and it will have you sitting on the edge of your sit making you believe the unbelievable.
About the Author: Billy McLaughlin is a Glasgow born author who released his first novelette ‘Invisible’ in March 2016. Receiving glowing customer reviews, he followed up with the gritty novel ‘Lost Girl’ which introduces readers to the mainstay characters Phil & Kate. In September 2016, his third book ‘In the Wake of Death’ was released, re-uniting audiences with Phil & Kate as well as throwing a brand new mystery that has been praised for its unique twist. McLaughlin welcomed 2017 in celebrating that ‘Lost Girl’ peaked at number 2 in the crime thriller charts the previous August and gained the coveted number 1 slot in the Scottish crime charts with ‘In the Wake of Death’. His fourth book is released on 13 March 2017. ‘The Dead of Winter’ will appear to be a stand-alone mystery, but introduces a brand new character that is already set to make a splash in the 3rd DI Phil Morris mystery ‘The Daughter’ which is due in summer 2017.