Saturday 20 June 2020

#BlogTour Cut to the Bone by Roz Watkins

It's my turn on the BlogTour Cut to the Bone by Roz Watkins - it's the third book in the DI Meg Dalton series.

About the Author
Roz Watkins is the author of three novels in the DI Meg Dalton series: The Devil’s Dice, which was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger Award and was The Times Crime Book of the Month, Dead Man’s Daughter, and Cut to the Bone. In her spare time, Roz likes to walk in the Peak District, scouting out murder locations.

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About the book
A disturbing disappearance - When beautiful young social-media star Violet Armstrong goes missing in the middle of a scorching Peak District summer, the case sparks a media frenzy.

A Chilling Murder - The clock is ticking for DI Meg Dalton and her team to find Violet before online threats explode into real-life violence. And then the blood and hair of a young woman are found in an empty pig trough at the local abattoir…

An impossible crime - The more Meg finds out about this unnerving case, the more she becomes convinced that something very, very bad has happened to Violet. With temperatures rising and the press demanding answers, the case is about to take a terrifying turn…

This is the third book in the DI Meg Dalton series and can be read as a standalone novel.

Violet has to put up with a lot of vicious trolling. Not everyone is a fan of her social media posts. They put a target right in the middle of her back, which is why DI Dalton takes a long hard look at those who send online threats without thinking twice about it when she goes missing.

The social media starlet had her own private agenda in real life though. Why was she working at the abattoir at all? Dalton is convinced the girl has become the victim of some crazed fan or someone who disapproves of her online videos. Then something gruesome is found in the abattoir, which proves she has a right to be concerned about Violet.

It's a police procedural with a ghostly vibe.

Sometimes the story seemed to be a little bogged down by all the pigs, muck and farming. It takes a while to get to the grit beneath the whole first layer of the plot, although it does form the basis for a lesson on ethical animal farming.

I would really like to delve into the ending and core of the story, alas it would give the whole thing away. What I will say is that Watkins gives this quite a dark tone and unfortunately also one that has roots in reality. What is done really well is a subtle feeling of menace that flows through the story, but is almost imperceptible. Watkins draws eyes away from what is really going on - a bit like making a lot of noise so you look in the other direction.

Buy Cut to the Bone (DI Meg Dalton Thriller #3) at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ pub date 25 June 2020. Buy at Amazon com. Buy at Waterstones.

Read my review The Devil's Dice by Roz Watkins

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