Book Review – Firewatching by Russ Thomas

First published, 2020

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The story follows likeable and complicated DS Adam Tyler during a murder investigation. When a body is found behind a cellar wall in the Old Vicarage in a sleepy area of Sheffield, an intricate web of secrets, lies and cruelty is slowly uncovered.

With a pyromaniac on the loose – taunting the authorities with cryptic and wildly popular blog posts, Lily – a little old lady with a secret she can’t remember, and a police constable with a lot to prove in her first plain-clothes job, will DS Tyler find the murderer or the arsonist? And is there something that links the two?

An absolute cracker, with multiple twists and turns, I was on the edge of my seat throughout. The characters are beautifully well-written. I loved Lily, especially the moments when she slipped from the present into her memories. The pacing was excellent; I gasped several times. Really recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good crime-thriller.

With thanks to Anstey Harris for the recommendation.