'Gritty and close to the bone, Hold Your Tongue is a compelling, addictive read that I devoured in one sitting.' Lisa Hall, bestselling author of Between You and Me
In the run up to Christmas, a serial killer stalks the streets of Aberdeen . . .
On Detective Eve Hunter’s first Monday back at work following enforced leave, she is called to the scene of a gruesome crime. A young woman’s body has been discovered in a hotel room, her face mutilated and her tongue cut out. A newspaper headline about the victim’s burgeoning modeling career is pinned to the body.
Hunter and her team spend the week chasing leads, until the following Tuesday, another body is discovered in similar circumstances. Again, a newspaper headline about the victim is found on the scene.
When a breakthrough with the newspaper clippings leads them to a clue about the killer’s pattern, they realize the countdown is on until the next victim is found. Battling against a team who has lost respect for her and her own personal demons, Hunter must put herself inside the mind of a depraved killer if she is to prevent another terrible death . . .
Introducing DI Eve Hunter, HOLD YOUR TONGUE is your new obsession.
Readers can't stop talking about HOLD YOUR TONGUE:
'Without a doubt the best police procedural I have read in a long time'
'[Deborah Masson] has a long and bright future ahead if this book is anything to go by'
'Hold Your Tongue is incredible . . . You're in for a treat!'
'[Stuart] MacBride has some competition'
'Wow, what a page-turner!'
'I can't wait to read more of this series'
'Addictive from the first page to the last [...] If you read only one book this year make it this one'
'Tense, edge-of-your-seat stuff' Emma Curtis, bestselling author of The Night You Left
'Expertly paced, intriguing and with a strong emotional kick - this is a great start to a fab new detective series' SJI Holliday, author of Violet
'A tense debut in which the past and present collide with devastating consequences. I hope to read more of DI Eve Hunter' Mari Hannah, author of The Lost
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
From the moment the first body is revealed, it’s clear Hold Your Tongue isn’t a read for the faint-hearted. Gruesome and exactingly described, the case of a young woman’s death draws us into the world of DI Eve Hunter as she fights to understand the killer’s motives and reason for removing the victim’s tongue. In her debut, Deborah Masson has a bold narrative style and a feisty heroine. Troubled but determined, we’re quickly rooting for the Aberdeen-based detective. The Scottish city has the epitaph ‘The Granite City’ and readers might understand why from the dark, gritty and cold portrayal of the murder’s setting.
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DI Eve Hunter, has arrived, what a debut novel
This is an excellent debut novel, a police procedural with a great team of characters. DI Eve Hunter is Chief Investigating Officer with the Aberdeen Major Incident Team. She has been off work for six months, after her and her work colleague and friend D.C. Nicola Sanders are injured after being called out to an incident.
Eve is going back to work under the proviso that she continues to be seen by the police psychiatrist, she is also still taking pain meds for her recent injury which still niggles. Taking Sanders’ place is new D.C.Jo Mearns who makes it clear she isn’t keen on Eve, as she has been listening to stories told by D.C. Scott Ferguson who also blames Eve for the injuries sustained by Sanders. But is some of that a little bit of guilt himself?
The story starts 20 years earlier with an incident, then jumps to present day, the perpetrator’s story is told in past and present. Most of the rest of the story is told in present, except for when learning more about Eve ,her past and the accident.
Just back in her job, a serial killer is on the loose, he removes tongues from his victims all women, and places a newspaper article on each body. His crimes seem to take place once a week, but what do these women have in common? The team are unable to find any links. The first half of the book was at times a little slow, but it was setting up the relationships and back stories. The second half was full on. With lots of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing.
I liked the team, the characters are good, I look forward to seeing more of them. I also liked the fact that the author didn’t rush the ending to wrap everything up. It was done well.
Thank you to #netgalleyand #RandomHouseUK for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.