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  • Kindle Edition
  • 332 pages
  • The Crossing
  • Matt Brolly
  • English
  • 15 August 2019

10 thoughts on “The Crossing

  1. says:

    THE CROSSING by Matt Brolly is a police procedural and the first book in the Detective Inspector DI Louise Blackwell series It is set most in and near Weston super Mare in England When the body of an older woman is found on a beach, DI Blackwell becomes the senior investigating officer As Louise and her team work to identify and capture the murderer there are also personal issues that are weaved into the story line.While this book is a police procedural, the reader knows who the killer is i THE CROSSING by Matt Brolly is a police procedural and the first book in the Detective Inspector DI Louise Blackwell series It is set most in and near Weston super Mare in England When the body of an older woman is found on a beach, DI Blackwell becomes the senior investigating officer As Louise and her team work to identify and capture the murderer there are also personal issues that are weaved into the story line.While this book is a police procedural, the reader knows who the killer is in the first chapter as some of the chapters are from his viewpoint The plot is driven by the police working through the clues and the killer s activities and motivations There is a lotgoing on under the surface Other themes running through the story line include work relationships, the drive to succeed, corruption, infidelity, loneliness, aging, friendship, family, dealing with grief, and muchThese other themes enhanced the plot.The characters are compelling, fascinating, and felt three dimensional There was enough at stake to keep me engaged throughout the story The world building was absolutely fantastic and gave a clear sense of place.Overall, the plot was creative, absorbing and well paced I would recommend it to those that enjoy police procedurals and British crime dramas I look forward to reading the next book in this series as well as checking out his DCI Michael Lambert series Thanks toPublishing UK and Matt Brolly for a digital ARC of this novel via NetGalley and the opportunity to provide an honest review Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way.


  2. says:

    EXCERPT The smell of the place would never leave Louise The farm was divided into a series of metallic barns and as they entered the outer shed she was hit by an unimaginable stench, the decay and waste of decades of animals The ground appeared to move as she shone her torch over the various swarming mounds lining the barn floor, and she had to turn away and retch Louise, said Finch, his voice low and unnerved Louise battled her nausea and returned to the matter in hand Finch was in one EXCERPT The smell of the place would never leave Louise The farm was divided into a series of metallic barns and as they entered the outer shed she was hit by an unimaginable stench, the decay and waste of decades of animals The ground appeared to move as she shone her torch over the various swarming mounds lining the barn floor, and she had to turn away and retch Louise, said Finch, his voice low and unnerved Louise battled her nausea and returned to the matter in hand Finch was in one corner of the barn, his torch shining on the corpses of the missing mother and daughter ABOUT THIS BOOK When a body is discovered, bled dry on a beach, the sleepy seaside town of Weston super Mare wakes up to a nightmare For Detective Inspector Louise Blackwell, recently transferred to the town she last saw as a child, it s her first case on the job.The victim Veronica Lloyd, an elderly volunteer at a local church has puncture wounds to her hands When a priest is found killed in a nearby church in a similarly grisly condition, it becomes clear that Blackwell is dealing with a righteous and bloody murderer But the victims aren t random The killer has a vendetta and is hell bent on exacting twisted revenge for a dark secret dating back years and there aremurders planned.As the body count rises, Blackwell faces a race against time to solve the mystery of the murderer s identity and put an end to the carnage She thought she knew Weston, but the town holdssecrets than she d ever have imagined Who can she trust and who knowsthan they are letting on She must discover the crimes that unite the victims before it s too late.MY THOUGHTS I am a great fan of Matt Brolly s Michael Lambert series and was excited about this new series Having just closed the covers on The Crossing, I must admit to feeling a little disappointed It doesn t flow easily, as Brolly s writing usually does Instead it staggers along, disjointed and floundering in parts The story is told mainly from Louise s point of view, the killer whose identity is revealed from the start and another case that is running concurrently in St Ives, the relevance of which is immediately apparent There is a definite lack of suspense, which is a pity The story is, I think, trying to cross into too many genres, perhaps to appeal to a wider audience But, for me, it doesn t work It just muddies the waters Unusually for Brolly, I didn t find the characters well depicted I felt no connection to any of them and Louise s whining inner monologue on Finch and his past treatment of her quickly became wearing In fact, she is pretty stereotypical of the current trend in female detectivesI know Matt Brolly can write brilliantly I am hoping to see evidence of that in the next book in this series TheCrossing NetGalley THE AUTHOR Following his law degree where he developed an interest in criminal law, Matt Brolly completed his Masters in Creative Writing at Glasgow University.He is the bestselling author of the DCI Lambert crime novels, Dead Eyed, Dead Lucky and Dead Embers The fourth in the series, Dead Time, was released by Canelo in May 2018 In addition he is the author of the acclaimed near future crime novel, Zero.2019 will see a new thriller, The Controller, released by Oblong Books and in 2020 the first of a new crime series set in the West Country of the UK will be released by Thomas MercerPublishing Matt also writes children s books as M.J Brolly His first children s book, The Sleeping Bug, is released by Oblong Books in December 2018.Matt lives in London with his wife and their two young children DISCLOSURE Thank you toPublishing UK via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Crossing by Matt Brolly for review All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com This review and others are also published on Twitter,and my webpage


  3. says:

    DI Louise Blackwell has recently transferred to the English seaside town of Weston super Mare, disgraced after shooting an unarmed man in a police raid, eve though the swears that her partner told her he was armed Her first murder case with her new team is that of an elderly women found on the beach who bled to death from wounds to her wrist When an elderly priest is found a few days later dead from similar wounds, Louise must find the connection between the cases before anydeaths occur DI Louise Blackwell has recently transferred to the English seaside town of Weston super Mare, disgraced after shooting an unarmed man in a police raid, eve though the swears that her partner told her he was armed Her first murder case with her new team is that of an elderly women found on the beach who bled to death from wounds to her wrist When an elderly priest is found a few days later dead from similar wounds, Louise must find the connection between the cases before anydeaths occur.Told from Louise s viewpoint as well that of the killer, this was a fairly enjoyable read Although the reader knows who the killer is from the start, it s up to Louise and her team to work out his bizarre motive and what he might to do next The plot is driven by their investigations as a story of revenge starts to emerge and a suspenseful climax as they work out the killer s ultimate goal Although the characters are quite well depicted, I didn t feel any connection with them, especially with Louise who is still carrying a grudge against her ex partner for not telling the truth view spoiler I also felt it was unnecessary for the head of major crimes to be putting pressure on Louise to find the killer within a few days of the murder or be taken off the case That felt totally unrealistic when there were no obvious suspects The killer s motive also didn t feel realistic, based on an even he saw 30y before hide spoiler However, this is a promising start to a new British crime series and I would be interested in reading the second book where Louise might have settledinto her new role


  4. says:

    I really loved Matt Brolly s previous crime thriller series featuring DCI Mike Lambert and was hoping for a similar vibe with this new series I have the ARC of the second book so thought I d read this one first to get some background on the characters.DI Louise Blackwell was transferred to Weston super Mare from the Bristol Major Incident Team after an incident which left a black mark on her record and a bad taste in her mouth when she was figuratively thrown under a bus by a colleague This I really loved Matt Brolly s previous crime thriller series featuring DCI Mike Lambert and was hoping for a similar vibe with this new series I have the ARC of the second book so thought I d read this one first to get some background on the characters.DI Louise Blackwell was transferred to Weston super Mare from the Bristol Major Incident Team after an incident which left a black mark on her record and a bad taste in her mouth when she was figuratively thrown under a bus by a colleague This was 18 months ago and she doesn t seem to have settled in properly yet Her former colleague is still bullying her from afar but at least her boss, DCI Robertson seems to have her back.Everything changes though when a string of murders with religious overtones rocks the peaceful community of Weston First an elderly woman s body is found brutalised on the beach The next day, an elderly priest is found horribly killed in the confessional But it s not over yet We get part of the story from Louise s POV and the rest from the killer And that was part of the problem for me Obviously something happened when he was a child that royally screwed him up but, despite numerous references to the incident , we don t find out what it is until much later And the reveal was quite underwhelming I struggled to believe the rationale for the killings, it seemed very weak The book, a solid police procedural, follows a fairly predictable path with little suspense It was not bad but not great either I m hoping that book 2 will lift the bar a bit and we getof the thrills that we know the author is capable of and has given us in the past


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    The Crossing is the first instalment in a new police procedural series featuring Detective Inspector Louise Blackwell and set in Weston super Mare, a seaside town in Somerset, England When the brutally disfigured body of elderly Veronica Lloyd is discovered on the beach, DI Blackwell lands this as her first case since being transferred from Bristol s Major Investigation Team MIT eighteenth months prior Then, a few days later, another body turns up This time the victim is Catholic priest Fat The Crossing is the first instalment in a new police procedural series featuring Detective Inspector Louise Blackwell and set in Weston super Mare, a seaside town in Somerset, England When the brutally disfigured body of elderly Veronica Lloyd is discovered on the beach, DI Blackwell lands this as her first case since being transferred from Bristol s Major Investigation Team MIT eighteenth months prior Then, a few days later, another body turns up This time the victim is Catholic priest Father Mulligan who was found in the confessional box having just taken Mass From analysing the bodies and the crime scenes Louise believes the two chilling murders could be linked and both the handiwork of a single perpetrator who appears to have a vendetta She is under intense pressure to solve the case quickly before her nemesis DI Finch is handed it he is the one who betrayed her leading to her eventual transferal to Weston and seems determined to sabotage her career Can she manage to locate the killer before another body drops This book was structured in an original and unusual way as you know the killer s identity from relatively early on and this allows us to read chapters from his perspective as well as Louise s What drives the plot forward is instead the uncovering of the killer s motivations for committing the crimes, his actions and the polices efforts to locate and apprehend him Despite this, I found it just as compulsive and gripping as conventional police procedurals and raced through it It s cleverly plotted with plenty of action and suspense and is well written with a cast of intriguing characters Finch and Louise were both nicely developed The seaside setting added a different atmosphere to most procedurals and I enjoyed the descriptions which were vivid and stark The cat and mouse game between the perpetrator and the police was completely captivating as you know they are in a race against time before he strikes again and another life is lost A superb read Highly recommended Many thanks tofor an ARC


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    Before reviewing this title, I first have to confess I m quite fond of British crime dramas The cover and description of The Crossing immediately evoked shows such as Broadchurch and Happy Valley, leading me to happily delve into its pages In the fallout of the last case she worked at Bristol s Major Investigation Team, DI Louise Blackwell was summarily transferred to the small seaside town of Weston while her manipulative narcissistic ex partner, Timothy Finch, enjoyed a promotion to DCI Eig Before reviewing this title, I first have to confess I m quite fond of British crime dramas The cover and description of The Crossing immediately evoked shows such as Broadchurch and Happy Valley, leading me to happily delve into its pages In the fallout of the last case she worked at Bristol s Major Investigation Team, DI Louise Blackwell was summarily transferred to the small seaside town of Weston while her manipulative narcissistic ex partner, Timothy Finch, enjoyed a promotion to DCI Eighteen months after her arrival, DI Blackwell encounters her first major case when the bled out body of a woman, with uncharacteristic injuries, is found laying on a beach The first in a series of grisly murders that will shake the town and its inhabitants All that I love in a good British drama is present in this book The author s attention to detail allows us to get intimate knowledge of not only the main character and her family, but also of the supporting cast Along the pages, even the town itself comes alive as a character of its own The murderer isn t your classic two dimensional psychopath, either His slowly revealed motives, rooted in his childhood, his relationship with his father and the church, bring us to a point where we can t help but to feel some empathy, in spite of his despicable acts The expertly written investigation, keeping us constantly guessing alongside the detectives, leads to a riveting ending in which the full meaning of the book s title is finally revealed This appears to be the first book in a new series by bestselling author Matt Brolly, and I, for myself, can t wait to visit the town of Weston again Thanks toPublishing s Thomas Mercer and Netgalley for the ARC provided in exchange for this unbiased review


  7. says:

    Just finished reading The Crossing and thought it was excellent I loved how the characters of DI Blackwell and the perpetrator are developed throughout the book against the backdrop of Weston super mare and cannot wait to readin this series.Keeps you gripped throughout, interweaving the case and DI Blackwell s own personal turmoils as she tries to solve the murders.Definitely a must read


  8. says:

    2 starsNot as good as his Michael Lambert books There is too much angst about Louise s past and her demons She was written as weak and emotional certainly not a strong woman Not someone I d see as a SIO on an important murder case Not a bad book, just not my style I want to thank NetGalley andPublishing UK for forwarding to me a copy of this book for me to read and review.


  9. says:

    I would like to thank Netgalley andPublishing UK for an advance copy of The Crossing, the first novel to feature DI Louise Blackwell, set in the English resort town of Weston super Mare.When the mutilated body of pensioner Veronica Lloyd is found on the beach Louise is keen to get stuck into her first real murder investigation in Weston When the body of a priest, known to Veronica, is found with similar injuries there is no doubt that they are hunting a killer with an agenda.I thoroughl I would like to thank Netgalley andPublishing UK for an advance copy of The Crossing, the first novel to feature DI Louise Blackwell, set in the English resort town of Weston super Mare.When the mutilated body of pensioner Veronica Lloyd is found on the beach Louise is keen to get stuck into her first real murder investigation in Weston When the body of a priest, known to Veronica, is found with similar injuries there is no doubt that they are hunting a killer with an agenda.I thoroughly enjoyed Mr Brolly s Michael Lambert series and was looking for to The Crossing Unfortunately it isa psychological thriller than a police procedural and not really to my taste I should underline, however, that my rating reflects my personal reading taste rather than the quality of the novel which has a clear plot and crisp writing The novel switches point of view between DI Louise Blackwell and the killer who is identified immediately and unambiguously as Geoff Simmons with the odd chapter on a missing person case in St Ives whose relevance is obvious The only thing missing is the detail behind the motive I like the hunt in a police procedural and don t enjoy either reading about a killer s motivation and actions in the course of the novel or the police s efforts at catch up I don t have the kind of mind that appreciates the nuance of this approach As a result I ve finished the novel but it didn t hold my attention or make me forego other activities to pick it up my standard for a good book On the other hand I do think that if this is your kind of reading matter you will be impressed by it and its mixture of procedure, character study, strong plot and action.Geoff Simmons is, to use a technical term, a nutter with certain delusions I couldn t care less about an examination of his motivations or actions as there is nothing fresh that can be written about this type of character If he interests you I can report that he is well drawn with a certain naivety in his makeup Louise Blackwell is a character I could come to like if she would drop the paranoia and join the team 18 months ago her fellow officer lied about his actions, resulting in a promotion for him and exile from the MIT in Bristol to Weston for her She suspects he is still trying to sabotage her career As this situation is not resolved in this novel it looks like it will be an ongoing thread.The Crossing is not to my taste but will surely please many other readers with different tastes


  10. says:

    This is the first in a new series for Matt Brolly and I haven t read any of his work before, so I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book I liked the character of Louise broken from a past history with her last boss Finch, but was still a strong and determined character You can see the re emergence of her personality as the story progresses, finally get the strength to confront her history and have the self confidence in her abilitiesThe protagonist Geoff I couldn t help but feel a This is the first in a new series for Matt Brolly and I haven t read any of his work before, so I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book I liked the character of Louise broken from a past history with her last boss Finch, but was still a strong and determined character You can see the re emergence of her personality as the story progresses, finally get the strength to confront her history and have the self confidence in her abilitiesThe protagonist Geoff I couldn t help but feel a bit sorry for him He felt let down all his life in regard to an event in his childhood, something which should have been acknowledged and dealt with at the time He is someone who has been bullied his whole life and comes across as being sad and lonely He is just messed up but with the desire to commit murder a horrifying combination.Although the plot of stigmata has been done numerous times before I still enjoyed the narrative and the dramatic ending was chillingThis book was chilling, thought provoking and fast paced I would certainly be interested in reading the second book when it is released


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The Crossing An Charts bestsellerIn a small town full of secrets, everyone s a suspect When a body is discovered, bled dry on a beach, the sleepy seaside town of Weston super Mare wakes up to a nightmare For Detective Inspector Louise Blackwell, recently transferred to the town she last saw as a child, it s her first case on the jobThe victim Veronica Lloyd, an elderly volunteer at a local church has puncture wounds to her hands When a priest is found killed in a nearby church in a similarly grisly condition, it becomes clear that Blackwell is dealing with a righteous and bloody murderer But the victims aren t random The killer has a vendetta and is hell bent on exacting twisted revenge for a dark secret dating back years and there are murders plannedAs the body count rises, Blackwell faces a race against time to solve the mystery of the murderer s identity and put an end to the carnage She thought she knew Weston, but the town holds secrets than she d ever have imagined Who can she trust and who knows than they are letting on She must discover the crimes that unite the victims before it s too late


About the Author: Matt Brolly

Following his law degree where he developed an interest in criminal law, Matt Brolly completed his Masters in Creative Writing at Glasgow UniversityHe is the bestselling author of the DCI Lambert crime novels, Dead Eyed, Dead Lucky and Dead Embers The fourth in the series, Dead Time, was released by Canelo in May 2018 In addition he is the author of the acclaimed near future crime novel, Zero2019 will see a new thriller, The Controller, released by Oblong Books and in 2020 the first of a new crime series set in the West Country of the UK will be released by Thomas MercerPublishingMatt also writes children s books as M.J Brolly His first children s book, The Sleeping Bug, is released by Oblong Books in December 2018Matt lives in London with his wife and their two young children You can find outabout Matt at his website MattBrolly.co.uk or by following him on twitter MattBrollyUK