Those That Remain
‘This is a very gripping psychological thriller that has the reader turning page after page. It has a lot going on with all the elements that make a good thriller included and interwoven into one incredibly brilliant story.’
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Lucas is coasting to retirement in a mundane Florida police precinct when a brutal serial killer, codenamed Mechanic, lands on his patch.
Three years ago they thought Mechanic was dead. But Mechanic is very much alive and no family is safe from the savage, ritualistic murders that this sadistic killer is compelled to commit.
Mechanic is always one step ahead and Lucas is forced to operate outside the law.
But who can he trust and who is Mechanic?
Soon Lucas will learn that truth is more terrifying than he could ever imagine and in order to find the answers he needs, he might just have to put his life on the line…
My Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars
This is book 1 in the Mechanic Trilogy and I highly recommend that they are read in order.
The book begins on Wednesday 23rd March 1983 (present day) with Lucas returning to work after a lengthy absence. We are then taken back 8 months to tell the story.
This is a very gripping psychological thriller that has the reader turning page after page. It has a lot going on with all the elements that make a good thriller included and interwoven into one incredibly brilliant story.
Lucas is a unique character we meet him first on his return to work and immediately get the impression that this is a grumpy bad tempered man. As we move through the story the character develops into a likable Lieutenant who is determined to bring the bad guys to justice. He has a strange marriage that brings a little humour to the book.
Among the other characters we have Bassano who is a womaniser used to getting his catch but gets thwarted when he sets his sights on Jo and Harper, who was lead on the initial Mechanic case but is now retired and often drunk.
Harper is a strange one he has buried his woes in a bottle for so long but a past memory causes him to rethink his life. He plays a significant part in the story although he has a minor role.
The story moves along at a fast pace as Lucas and his team travel down dead end after dead end trying to stop a sadistic sociopath before any more families are destroyed. There are twists, turns and several curve balls as we join Lucas in his 8 month journey to the present day.
I can’t wait to read books 2 and 3 in this trilogy. I had my reasons for deducting 2 stars but I am unable to say what they are without spoilers.
I am pleased to have discovered Rob Ashman who is obviously a very talented author and I am very grateful to Bloodhound Books who provided me with an advance copy of this book.
Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.
Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.
It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy is the result.
When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.
Rob is delighted that all three books in the Mechanic Trilogy will be published with Bloodhound Books in 2017.
Those That Remain – 22 June
In Your Name – 13 July
Pay The Penance – 8 August
Rob now writes full time and has recently completed his fourth novel titled Faceless.
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