Unforgivable – Mike Thomas (DC Will MacReady #2)


Unforgivable was published on 27 July 2017 by Zaffre and is available to buy here

A dark slice of Cardiff crime for fans of TONY PARSONS, JAMES OSWALD and LUCA VESTE. There isn’t always a welcome in the valleys . . .

Bombs detonate in a busy souk, causing massive devastation. 
An explosion rips apart a mosque, killing and injuring those inside. 
But this isn’t the Middle East – this is Cardiff . . . 

In a city where tensions are already running high, DC Will MacReady and his colleagues begin the desperate hunt for the attacker. If they knew the ‘why’, then surely they can find the ‘who’? But that isn’t so easy, and time is fast running out . . .

MacReady is still trying to prove himself after the horrific events of the previous year, which left his sergeant injured and his job in jeopardy, so he feels sidelined when he’s asked to investigate a vicious knife attack on a young woman.

But all is not as it seems with his new case, and soon MacReady must put everything on the line in order to do what is right.

Also by Mike Thomas : Ash and Bones

My thoughts

It doesn’t seem that long ago since we were introduced to the lovely DC Will MacReady in Ash and Bones. Unforgivable is the second in this must read police procedural series. Mike Thomas ups the ante and gives us an explosive and highly contemporary story.

The book starts with a bang. An explosion causing the loss of human life. Cardiff is turned into chaos. Home made bombs. Death and destruction. We are placed at the centre of this. We see the perpetrator. We see Will and his police colleagues deal with the ugly aftermath. Will is pulled into the action, called to the scene of Bessemer Road market. The beauty in the writing is that we can easily imagine the emergency services, the chilling quiet in the aftermath and the paramedics at work tending to the wounded. This is incredibly well written and highly emotional. It is something that will strike a chord. We have all witnessed, in a very second hand way, this kind of attack via the news media.

As well as the police investigation trying to make sense of the bombings in Cardiff, we get plenty of the banter and inappropriate chatter between colleagues. It oozes authenticity. This takes some of the tension off, after the intense bombing scenes. We see that Will has stepped up from being the tea boy in the office. He is still at the bottom of the pecking order. Not quite the newbie any more.

As we know from the previous story, Will has a complicated life. He is not your average middle class copper, with a stable home life. His brother has been charged with assault. His criminal Dad is behind bars. His wife has had a baby with his brother, as a way to become a mother. He is attempting to bond with his ‘son’, yet at the same time he cannot really forgive his wife. He is sleeping with a journalist, Klaudia. This is like a day in the life of a character from Eastenders. For Will, this means that his life is awkward and messed up. Least Will has the Job and is determined to get the truth about the Cardiff bombings. Will is at his best solving crime and out shining his colleagues.

Unforgivable proves that Mike Thomas is one gifted writer of crime. He does not fall into terrorist stereotypes, which was one of my concerns initially. He turns a nightmare scenario, into something rather dark, intense and loaded with humanity. Pure brilliance. I loved every single moment of the drama. Highly recommended.




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5 Responses to Unforgivable – Mike Thomas (DC Will MacReady #2)

  1. Love your review Christine! x

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