Slow Burn is explosive in every sense of the word from start to finish.
Slow Burn by Conrad Jones: When a car bomb explodes outside a mosque the police start looking into racially motivated extremist groups but as Detective Superintendent Alec Ramsey delves deeper into the investigation it soon becomes apparent that it is anything but.
Richard Bernstein is bullied by a group at school and is beaten and stabbed and barely escapes with his life. The same group drug and rape his 14 year old sister which sees her unable to cope with the situation after the case is thrown out of court because of her reputation. After his brother and his brother’s friend are sent to prison for the murder of one of the men involved this sees the family completely torn apart.
While the life of the Bernstein family is totally destroyed the perpetrators of the attacks get involved in selling drugs, people trafficking and guns and do very well for themselves, earning millions and becoming one of the most feared gangs in the North of England who the police and security services seem unable to do anything about.
After more than a decade of simmering hatred the Bernstein brothers reunite with their friend after his release from prison and plot their revenge.
Overall, Slow Burn is a tale of revenge involving torture, extreme violence and murder and is nothing short of brilliant. I could not put this book down and read it in one sitting.
The book switches between the 1980’s to present day with ease, building the backstory of the events leading to why the revenge attacks are taking place.
The characters are really well thought out and are portrayed very well on the page, drawing you in to finding out what happens next to them. The characters are very vivid and the violence is very graphic and believable. A great action-packed and compelling story with twists, turns and surprises.
While I did notice a couple of errors that were missed during the proof-reading stage this did not detract from a well written, absorbing story.
If you love thrillers then this is definitely one to read, I could not put it down!
RRP: £8.99 (paperback) / £2.91 (Kindle)
Available to buy from Amazon here.