Publication: 3rd February 2022 – Hodder & Stoughton
Sadie Nicholls has been found dead, brutally and strangely murdered, in her South East London flat. Her little boy is missing.
DI Alex Finn and DC Mattie Paulsen know that, in the case of a missing child, it’s the first 24 hours that count. They don’t have many left to find out where Sadie’s son might be and the identity of her killer. Why would anyone want a struggling single mother, loved by many, dead?
But when they realise a similar crime was committed at the same house nearly 20 years ago, a question is on everyone’s lips: is this more than just a coincidence?
I am delighted to welcome you on my stop for the blog tour of The Hunting Ground, the thrilling new novel by Will Shindler.
The Hunting Ground is the third book in the DI Alex Finn series. I have been reading this series since the first book came out and it just keeps getting better and better. I love the character of DI Alex Finn. He is relatable, honest, and well-developed. Two years after the death of his wife Karin, he’s still going through the grieving process and, in this book, it reaches an important and breaking point.
DI Alex Finn and his team are called on the scene of a murder. A young woman, Sadie Nicholls, has been found murdered in her flat and her three-year-old son Liam has disappeared. Sadie was a single mother with money problems, but everyone loved her. With not many suspects and in a race against time to find Liam, Alex starts to wonder if Sadie’s murder is somehow connected to a double murder that happened twenty years earlier in that same apartment…
While the story focuses mainly on the murder case and it is suspenseful and full of surprises, the detectives’ personal lives also take center stage adding a more emotional side to the story. DI Alex Finn’s grief is well-written and it feels authentic. It makes this character more realistic and human and I really felt for him as he grieves not only for his wife, but for the future they won’t have together. DC Mattie Paulsen is one of my favorite characters in the series. I love how determined and strong she is, but in this book we see her struggle with her own demons as she faces the reality of her father’s Alzheimer.
The Hunting Ground is a book that kept me on the edge of my seat. It is a gripping and engrossing story, at times even emotional. Highly recommended!
A huge thank you to Jenny and Hodder & Stoughton for inviting me to join the blog tour and providing me with a proof of the novel.
Will Shindler has been a Broadcast Journalist for the BBC for over twenty-five years, spending a decade working in television drama as a scriptwriter on Born and Bred, The Bill and Doctors. His time on these leading prime time dramas has given him a rich grounding in authentic police procedure,powerful character development and gripping narratives. He currently combines reading the news on BBC Radio London with writing crime novels and has previously worked as a television presenter for HTV, a sports reporter for BBC Radio Five Live, and one of the stadium presenters at the London Olympics. He is the writer of The Burning Men, The Killing Choice and The Hunting Ground.