BOOK REVIEWS: The Ben Whittle Investigations by Mark Tilbury

Ben Whittle Investigations

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The Revelation Room (The Ben Whittle Investigations, #1)The Revelation Room by Mark Tilbury

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About the Book

Ben Whittle’s father, a private investigator, has been taken captive by
a cult whilst investigating the case of a missing girl. When Ben
receives a desperate call from his father asking for help he is drawn
into a dark underground world.

As Ben retraces the last known steps of the missing girl he discovers
his only option left is to join the cult and rescue his father from the
inside.

The leader of the cult, Edward Ebb, is a psychopathic egocentric who
uses his position to control his small group of followers in The Sons
and Daughters of Salvation. When he initiates Ben into the group it soon
becomes apparent how sick and twisted Ebb is.

Ben must find his father and the missing girl, but the odds are stacked
against him and time is running out.

Can Ben rescue his father and the girl and escape with his life?
And what is the gruesome secret concealed in the Revelation Room?

The Revelation Room is the first in a new series of psychological
mystery thrillers.


My Review

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The book is very well written with a realistic story and very unique, realistic characters.  The story begins with a PI looking for a girl who has run away to join a religious cult.  He is discovered and this sets in motion a sequence of events with tragic consequences.

Ben is the main character and Mark has expertly written this book so that the development and growth of Ben’s character is what makes the book.  It is written in a very unique way and it works brilliantly.

Ben is thrown in at the deep end when his father asks for help.  He is a sensitive man with little self-confidence and is placed well outside his comfort zone. The reader is rooting for him as he struggles to make the right decisions and take action.  He is supported by Maddie who he secretly loves and the relationship between Ben and Maddie plays an important part in the book.

On the other side we have Ebb who is the leader of the Cult.  He is another brilliantly put together character a man who is evil but believes he is working for God and is able to convince others to follow him.  I would like to think he is a little far-fetched but I am realistic enough the know that isnt true people like him do exist among us.

The book starts with suspense at the beginning and keeps delivering as the reader keeps turning page after page until it ends with an action packed finale.  I can’t wait to read book 2.

Thank you to Bloodhound Books for a free copy of this book

 




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Fresh from the horrors of their last case, private investigators Ben and Maddie are plunged into a disturbing world of terror as they search for missing pregnant girl, Hannah Heath.

Drawn to Frank Crowley, a suspect in Hannah’s disappearance, Maddie is about to come face to face with true evil. As she gets close to Crowley, Maddie will learn all is not what it seems.

Crowley is just a small part of something much larger. Something so terrible and deranged, it defies reason.
When Maddie disappears, Ben is left in a desperate race against time to find her and uncover the truth.

But can Ben and Maddie both survive this time?


My Review

My rating 4.9 out of 5 stars

This is the 2nd book in the Ben Whittle series and picks up shortly after the end of The Revelation Room with Maddie, Ben and Geoff  picking up the pieces of their lives that were wrecked by Ebb.

Mark has an unbelievable talent for creating characters that are totally unlikeable and this book is no different.

Ben is a very insecure young man but very likeable he is the sort of character you want to take home and mother.  Maddie is also loveable she lost her mother at a very young age and is idolised by her father who is a priest.  However, her father is happy for her to find her own place in the world and that is by Ben’s side in the PI business run by Geoff (Ben’s father)  They obviously love each other but both think so little of themselves they don’t realise how deep their feelings for each other go.

Geoff is a very domineering character.  He was paralysed in book 1 and isn’t coping very well with being dependant on others so is sitting around dishing out orders and abuse on those who love him.

The story begins when a mother tasks them with investigating the disappearance of her pregnant daughter, Hannah.  Geoff, Ben and Maddie have all got their own thoughts on what happened to Hannah but are forced to go down the path chosen by Geoff which is towards Frankie.

Frankie is a very disgusting individual but is he guilty of kidnapping?  If it isnt him then who is guilty and how does a pregnant woman just disappear?  It is a very complex story with twists and turns along the way.  It isn’t until the last couple of chapters that it is possible to work out who the kidnapper is and even further before we discover the reasons.

This is a psychological thriller at its very best with the kidnapper being a very complex character.  It is well written and well thought out making it a fast paced, gripping read and I can’t wait for Book 3.

It lost a point because I couldn’t work out the personality transplant that appeared to happen to one of the characters in the epilogue.

Thank you to Bloodhound Books who gave me an advance copy of this book.


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