Book Review: The Two O’Clock Boy by Mark Hill

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Read between: 2nd- 9th June
Format: ebook
Genre: Crime
Published: 6th April, 2017

One night changed their lives
Thirty years ago, the Longacre Children’s Home stood on a London street where once-grand Victorian homes lay derelict. There its children lived in terror of Gordon Tallis, the home’s manager.

Cries in the fire and smoke
Then Connor Laird arrived: a frighteningly intense boy who quickly became Tallis’ favourite criminal helper. Soon after, destruction befell the Longacre, and the facts of that night have lain buried …until today.

A truth both must hide
Now, a mysterious figure, the Two O’Clock Boy, is killing all who grew up there, one by one. DI Ray Drake will do whatever it take to stop the murders – but he will go even further to cover up the truth.

Discover the gripping, twist-filled start to a fantastic new London-set crime thriller series starring morally corrupt DI Ray Drake – the perfect new addiction for fans of Luther.

Rating: 5521e-4stars


Firstly, thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this book for free in exchange for a review (two months late but here it is!)

From page one you are thrown into a murder (it’s not the main murder but it becomes relevant later) and I was hooked from the instant.

The story flicks between 1984 and the present day, after Kenny Overton and his family are brutally murdered. I liked this, it added context behind the killings, and also gave us an insight into the background of the detective- DI Ray Drake, which really helped to bring the story together once we got to the conclusion.

It’s all relevant in the end.

Newly promoted DI Drake and DS Flick Crowley are chosen to work together on the case- well, Drake puts himself onto the case. Could there be a reason behind it? Or is he just there for DS Crowley to lean on if it gets too much? It turns out to be the former, and it’s all fine to start with until Flick discovers the link between the victims.

Longacre Children’s Home.

It’s a link that could uncover dark secrets that DI Drake has kept hidden away, regarding his past, and regarding Longacre. Secrets he doesn’t really want to come to light. It could put him in danger.

What I liked about this novel is the range of characters involved in the story- each one was so different and I wanted a back story for each of them- which the author provided in some cases- and they were so well developed I felt like I knew them.

Then Hill drops some bombshells into the mix which caused me to doubt if I even knew them at all. I was shocked, I started to doubt myself because usually I try and work out where the story is going to go.

I always find it difficult with crime novels.

Just goes to show that’s good writing!

I really enjoyed this book- the only reason I gave it four stars is because sometimes it was slow in places or predictable, however its a gripping novel because there was something always happening.

I’d love to read more – it ended very suddenly. Not that it was a bad thing, it could have ended on a cliffhanger! It’s a fantastic, well thought out, well written read and I’d highly recommend it.

4/5 stars.


Thanks for reading




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