I’m absolutely delighted to be part of the launch celebrations for Strangers by Paul Finch. Strangers was published on 22nd September by Avon Books, an imprint of Harper Collins, and is available for purchase in e-book and paperback on Amazon and by using the links on the publisher page.
I’m thrilled to be sharing an audio clip from Strangers too. You can listen by clicking here.
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…
Always gripping. Always gruesome. Paul Finch will leave fans of Rachel Abbott and MJ Arlidge gasping for more
My Review of Strangers
When PC Lucy Clayburn makes a mistake early in her police career, little does she realise what else there might be in store for her.
Strangers is my first Paul Finch read and it most certainly won’t be my last. I thought it was completely brilliant.
Firstly, Paul Finch creates a plot that simply left me breathless – literally. I found my heart rate increasing and my breath ragged as I read this truly exciting narrative. At times I found events violent, but never gratuitously so, and always in a way that built a clearer picture of the villains and the world in which they operate or as a means to advance the plot.
I loved the focus on Lucy, as instead of the curmudgeonly hard boiled middle aged men of many crime novels, we have a strong young woman who is utterly realistic in presentation. Yes, she’s physically attractive and flawed as one might expect, but she is also human and engaging so that I cared about her, liked her and wouldn’t mind being her!
But alongside great characterisation, tight and believable plotting and fast paced, thrilling, action, what impressed me most about Strangers was the overall quality of the writing. Strangers felt literary in a way that some crime novels do not. Highly visual, I could picture the settings with ease and felt I was transported to the Manchester of the book. Dialogue felt natural so that it was as if I could eavesdrop real people and believe in them completely. Paul Finch has a literary style that flows so well, reading his prose is an absolute pleasure.
I know 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.
About Paul Finch
Paul Finch is a former cop and journalist, now turned full-time writer. He cut his literary teeth penning episodes of the British TV crime drama, The Bill, and has written extensively in the field of children’s animation and for Dr Who.
However, he is probably best known for his work in thrillers, crime and horror. His best known work to date is the five-novel DS Heckenburg crime series, the first three titles of which all attained official ‘best seller’ status and can be found here.
Paul lives in Lancashire, UK, with his wife Cathy and his children, Eleanor and Harry.