I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Driven To Murder: by Simon Farrant
on 15th April 2019
Published by Self Published Genres: Fiction, Crime, Hard-Boiled Mystery, Fiction, Mystery, Thrillers
Format: ARC, eBook
Reading Challenges: Reading Challenge 2019
Newdon. A town with a dark history where sinners were tried, found guilty and murdered for their sins.
But that was in the past. Or was it?
Joel Simpson loved his job as a driving instructor. He cared about his students. A good man devoted to his wife with a burning desire to start a family. His dreams are finally coming true.
When the bodies of two men, guilty of domestic violence, are found murdered, the fingers of suspicion point to Joel. Did he risk it all to save two of his students, or has the dark history of the town once again reared its ugly head?
Read your copy of Driven to Murder and discover who is really responsible for the latest dark deeds in Newdon.
This is Book Four in the Newdon Killers Series. Which was published yesterday, April 25th 2019.
This book focuses heavily on domestic violence which is amazing awareness and extremely well displayed.
Joel Simpson is a driving instructor with a wife, He absolutely adores and trying for a family.
One of his Students, Cairan Thornicroft who has been one of his students for a long while is/was displaying signs of Domestic Abuse at the hands of her Husband, Sam Thornicroft. Joel tried to convince her to leave him but she wouldn’t.
As Sam gets more possessive etc he starts frequenting, the same pub that Joel goes too every week to meet his friend, Tony. He becomes very friendly towards Joel. Joel warns Cairan to stay at a relatives house so she doesn’t become a victim of Sams drunkenness and abuse.
That night Sam becomes extremely drunk and can not get himself home. So Joel and Tony takes him home.
The next morning, Sam Thornicroft house was found to be on fire and his body was found.
He suspects another one of his students is being abused by her partner aswell. Soon, after he is found dead.
The police think Joel is connected to both murders? Is he or isn’t he?
Detective Laura Love is working this case, as her first case after passing her exams and has been transferred over from the response team. She is partnered and being shadowed by Detective Craig White.
This becomes a very dark book, with many deep dark secrets, within a town full of dark secrets.
We are introduced to the other characters in the previous books too but I feel it can also be read as a stand-alone.
Simon is wonderful at creating characters, we can really feel for even if we are not suppose too.
He had me completely fooled as to who the killer was for a long long time. It was a satisfying ending to the book. It’s hard to say too much as I don’t want to give even a little away..
But overall it’s a fantastic grabbing and satisfying book.
I would also recommend reading the previous books in this series too, They are brilliant. I was very lucky to be given the other 3 books to read as-well. They are an interesting and brilliant build up to this book. My reviews for books 1,2 and 3 will follow. You can find links on his website etc to his other books below.
About Simon Farrant
I am originally from Doncaster, South Yorkshire and now live in Corby. I’m in my forties, married with three children. We share our home with a Bengal cat and a Pink Tongued Skink.
I’ve been lucky enough to have had an interesting (well to me!) life. I have been a truck driver, university graduate and motorbike salesman amongst other things.
My Newdon Killers books, The Crucifix and Famously Ordinary and Death Dolls are out now!
Later this year a new series in a different genre Mystery / contemporary fantasy will be published.
I have a Facebook page, Simon Farrant Official, I’d be pleased to see you there.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Reading Challenge 2019