Book Review – Sycamore Gap by L.J. Ross

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You may remember that a few months ago I gave a glowing review for LJ Ross’ debut novel Holy Island, the result was that I couldn’t wait for Ross’ second novel in the DCI Ryan series.  Thankfully, I know Ross so I could badger her (repeatedly) and get added to her beta list, yay!

Unknown-2I thoroughly enjoyed Sycamore Gap.  I really liked Holy Island but I definitely think this sequel is better. From the word go I was completely in the midst of this captivating story, still set in the North-England, with the location adding to the story significantly.

We get so much more insight into the characters, learning about Ryan’s past as it comes back to impact on the present, including all the relationships between the characters.

What I like most about this novel is the way it intertwines.  That is the story, the characters, the crimes, the past, they all intertwined and connected with Ross pulling at the various threads to draw the conclusion out.  I did also really love the imagery drawn from the location, I am desperate to visit Hadrian’s Wall now.

You don’t need to have read Holy Island to understand Sycamore Gap, there are enough tip its of information to keep things clear – without going on about the first book.  Having said that, I would read both, just because they are both awesome.

I could not put this novel down as the crimes, suspense and questions build but Ross has balanced the dark excellently, offsetting it with humour, some good old banter and Frank’s enviable ties.

It’s no surprise to me that Sycamore Gap has flown into the number 1 spot on the Amazon bestseller lists, just like Holy Island before it.  I would definitely recommend this book.

Sycamore Gap is available now on Amazon Kindle, currently only £1.99

Holy Island is available now on Amazon Kindle, currently £2.55 and in Paperback, currently £8.99

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Holy Island by LJ Ross – Book Review

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I am just going to put it out there right now that LJ Ross is a friend of mine but when it comes to book reviews this could be a double-edged sword!  When purchasing her debut novel Holy Island I was suddenly faced with an awkward realisation – what if I hate it?  Or (possibly even worse) what if it’s just all terribly average and I have absolutely nothing to say about it?

Oh my gosh. I loved it!

It was the perfect blend of mystery, characters and emotions.  I loved the language, Ross had a Unknownbrilliant way of using a select few words to convey something immeasurably powerful.  Generally I am not a fan of descriptive scenery but just as Lucy Clarke does in her novels, Ross brings the Holy Island landscape to life, making the Island itself integral to the story and one of the lead characters in the book.  I am now desperate to visit Holy Island!  The characters were all so strong with different facets of their personalities coming through as the story unfolds.

In hindsight I don’t know what I was worried.  I know that someone as awesome as LJ Ross was only going to write something awesome.  I happen to know that she is working on her 2nd book at the moment, I am definitely going to be trying to steal a peek to see what’s coming next!!

5 out of 5 – a must read of 2015.

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