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‘A fast-paced, terrifying journey.’ RACHEL ABBOTT‘A born storyteller.’ PETER JAMESA stranger is just a killer you haven’t met yet… The SUNDAY TIMES bestseller returns with the next big thing to hit the shelves. If you haven’t discovered Paul Finch yet, this book will have you hooked.Unknown, alone, and fearing for your life: as PC Lucy Clayburn is about to find out, going undercover is the most dangerous work there is.But, on the trail of a prolific female serial killer, there's no other option – and these murders are as brutal as they come. Lucy must step into the line of fire – a stranger in a criminal underworld that butchers anyone who crosses the line.And, unknown to Lucy, she's already treading it…Dark, gritty and ALWAYS edge-of-your-seat. Paul Finch will leave fans of Rachel Abbott and MJ Arlidge gasping for more.What readers are saying about Strangers:‘A book that every crime fan needs to read.’ Book Addict Shaun‘OMFG what a cracker of a story! Would I recommend this book? WTAF, are you serious? HELL YEAH I would!’ Crime Book Junkie‘Crime fiction of the highest calibre.’ Grab This Book‘Completely brilliant…the market is saturated with crime thrillers but I really believe that Strangers is one of the best books in the genre and Paul Finch one of the most talented writers.’ Linda’s Book Bag‘Strangers is one hell of a read, full of adrenaline…there isn’t a single page that doesn’t make the hair on the back of your neck stand up.’ Chick Library Cat‘A fast-paced and thrilling read…there is so much to keep the reader guessing.’ The Quiet Knitter‘Life will not resume until you’ve solved the mystery…captivating, strong and bloody good.’ Gin, Books and Blankets‘I seriously hope that this is the first book in a series because Lucy Clayburn is one hell of a woman.’ Bookaholic Swede
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About the Author
Paul Finch is a former cop and journalist, now turned full-time writer. He cut his literary teeth penning episodes of the British crime drama, The Bill, and has written extensively in the field of film, audio drama and children's animation. He is also well known for his work in the thriller and horror fields.Paul lives in Lancashire, with his wife Catherine and his children, Eleanor and Harry. His website can be found at: www.paulfinch-writer.blogspot.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Same good read with a female cop instead of a male as the main character. I have pre-ordered the next book that comes out in a few months.
Paul Finch has done it again! I have read “Dead Man Walking” and “Hunted” by Mr Finch which feature the excellent character of DS Mark Heckenburg a.k.a. Heck as the main protagonist. In “Strangers” we are introduced to PC Lucy Clayborn - an equally strong and interesting character who is keen to prove herself as an adept police officer following a ‘mishap’ whilst in CID. Lucy is tasked with going undercover to find a serial killer, nicknamed “Jill the Ripper”, who is murdering and mutilating men however, she uncovers more than she bargains for and we are taken along for the ride. This book has everything you want - suspense, intrigue, twists, turns, shocks, etc., etc., plus a smattering of wit to provide lighter moments - all told at a fast, flowing pace with a fantastic cast of characters. I love the fact that it’s set in the Manchester area; many British crime books are set in and around London so it’s refreshing for an author to move north of Watford! Paul Finch has become one of my favourite authors and I have no shame in saying that I am a fan so I want to thank the publisher, HarperCollins UK Avon, via NetGalley for providing me with a copy in return for an honest review.
Yesterday I was moaning in a review of another British crime story that I was perhaps reading too many of these and getting a bit bored with the same old characters. Along came this edgy, nail-biting thriller and restored my enthusiasm! This is how you create memorable characters. This was addictively brilliant! The protagonist, PC Lucy Clayburn, desperately wants to be a detective. She is such a likable character, you just want her to succeed, although sometimes her decision-making process and her almost reckless actions made me want to shake some sense into her. Lucy is asked to join an investigation looking for a female serial killer. Working undercover, she learns a lot about organized crime and the sex trade in the Manchester area. I was totally hooked from page one. This started with a bang, then ebbed a bit to provide sufficient background into characters and settings before turning into a rollercoaster of actions and emotions. Although pretty dark and gritty at times, the author nevertheless managed to insert some nice, dry humor and witty dialogue. This was my first book by Paul Finch who apparently has quite a following due to his DS Heckenburg series, which I moved right up my TBR after I had finished this one. I'm not sure whether Strangers is intended to be a standalone or the start of another series. Personally, I would love to read more about Lucy, her family, and her colleagues. To me, this was British crime fiction at its best. Many thanks to HarperCollins UK, Avon for providing me with an ARC via NetGalley.