Hold Your Tongue (DI Eve Hunter, #1)
A brutal murder.A young woman’s body is discovered with horrifying injuries, a recent newspaper cutting pinned to her clothing.A detective with everything to prove.This is her only chance to redeem herself.A serial killer with nothing to lose.He’s waited years, and his reign of terror has only just begun . . .Introducing DI Eve Hunter, HOLD YOUR TONGUE is your new obsession.

Hold Your Tongue (DI Eve Hunter, #1) Details

TitleHold Your Tongue (DI Eve Hunter, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 9th, 2020
PublisherCorgi
ISBN-139780552176521
Rating
GenreMystery, Crime, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Fiction

Hold Your Tongue (DI Eve Hunter, #1) Review

  • Paromjit
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first in a gritty crime series featuring the Chief Investigating Officer of the Aberdeen Police's Major Incident Team, DI Eve Hunter, by Deborah Masson. We have a post-oil boom, grey and grimy Aberdeen, the Granite City, in the throes of a depression with the accompanying poverty, discount stores and charity shops. After 6 months off on sick leave, Eve has been cleared to return to work, although left with a limp after a serious attack on her that additionally left her colleague, DS This is the first in a gritty crime series featuring the Chief Investigating Officer of the Aberdeen Police's Major Incident Team, DI Eve Hunter, by Deborah Masson. We have a post-oil boom, grey and grimy Aberdeen, the Granite City, in the throes of a depression with the accompanying poverty, discount stores and charity shops. After 6 months off on sick leave, Eve has been cleared to return to work, although left with a limp after a serious attack on her that additionally left her colleague, DS Nicola Sanders paralysed. This has left Eve with an unresolved guilt, and an inability to forgive herself for what happened to Nicola. A damaged Eve is in no condition to return, she must lead a team where not everyone welcomes her back, blaming her for what happened to Sanders, in an incident we learn more of later in the story. It really is not the time for her to be dropped straight into the most challenging of gruesome murder cases on her first day back with a serial killer running rampant in the city.In a hotel room, an 18 year old Melanie Ross's body has been discovered, posed with her tongue removed, tied up with Venetian blind cords, with a puncture wound on her arm that suggests she was drugged before being murdered. The killer seems clear cut to the police but, of course, nothing is as it seems as further murders of women occur, all with the same MO. Facing intense pressure, particularly once the media become aware, Eve and the team chase every lead they have, no matter how scarce they are. Matters are exacerbated with the tensions, resentments and conflict bubbling in the team, particularly from new team recruit, DC Jo Mearns from Bolton and DC Scott Ferguson. Eve knows she is going to have to address these issues, but when the killer claims the lives of those close to her, Eve goes off the rails, all of it played out on the front pages of the media. As women continue to be brutally murdered, will Eve and her team be able to find and stop the serial killer?Masson gives us a dark, compelling and intense crime drama, interspersed with the perspective of a killer with mental health issues, in parallel with an Eve weighed down by her own damaged psyche and troubling team problems. Eve's return has been a baptism of fire, having to face challenges she is poorly equipped to deal with, transparent in her struggles to effectively lead her team and make progress in finding a cunning, intelligent and manipulative killer. After the end of a harrowing investigation, the signs for the future of the team finally begin to look good. It will be fascinating to see how they work together in their next investigation after so much turmoil and grief. Many thanks to Random House Transworld for an ARC.
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  • Shruti
    January 1, 1970
    Hold Your Tongue is the sort of book that would make for an intense, fast-paced TV show—the kind that you would want to binge watch at the cost of sacrificing your sleep. DI Eve Hunter returns to the force after a six month absence due to a harrowing event that ruined her life and the lives of those around her; an event she blames herself for. While burdened with the guilt, Eve is tasked with investigating a series of brutal murders that have taken place in Aberdeen. The murderer's MO is unlike Hold Your Tongue is the sort of book that would make for an intense, fast-paced TV show—the kind that you would want to binge watch at the cost of sacrificing your sleep. DI Eve Hunter returns to the force after a six month absence due to a harrowing event that ruined her life and the lives of those around her; an event she blames herself for. While burdened with the guilt, Eve is tasked with investigating a series of brutal murders that have taken place in Aberdeen. The murderer's MO is unlike any other the department has come across—newspaper clippings pinned on to the bodies of the victims and each one of them is missing their tongue. In a race against time, Eve struggles to catch this psychopath before he claims his next victim. Deborah Masson's debut novel is impressive to say the least. She has succeeded in writing a gripping thriller that is hard to put down. There was something about the gruesome, intricate murders that reminded me of the thriller series Hannibal (the one with Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy). I liked the way Masson has portrayed the characters in this book. They each have their flaws, yet they are likeable. Even when it comes to an irrational character, Masson's incredible writing helps you put yourself in the character's shoes and understand why they are the way they are. At times I did question the efficiency of the police team and some of their decisions but I eventually let it slide. The murderer's identity was a little predictable from the subtle hints that were dropped throughout the book but the reveal was a good one and the end was extremely satisfying. This book is the first in the DI Eve Hunter series and I will definitely be keeping an eye out for the next one. [I'd like to thank NetGalley, Random House UK and Deborah Masson for this ARC.]
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  • Ceecee
    January 1, 1970
    This is a creditable debut novel from Deborah Masson which despite a few reservations I did enjoy. The central character is DI Eve Hunter who returns to work after a six month absence to investigate a series of very gruesome murders. What unfolds is a twisty and gruesome tale which costs the lives of several victims. The story is told principally from Eve’s perspective interspersed with the killer Then and Now. This works well and dangles tantalising hints which adds intrigue. I think the team This is a creditable debut novel from Deborah Masson which despite a few reservations I did enjoy. The central character is DI Eve Hunter who returns to work after a six month absence to investigate a series of very gruesome murders. What unfolds is a twisty and gruesome tale which costs the lives of several victims. The story is told principally from Eve’s perspective interspersed with the killer Then and Now. This works well and dangles tantalising hints which adds intrigue. I think the team that Eve leads is an interesting one and I’m hoping there is another book as I think there’s a lot of potential here. They are all different, DS Scott is reliable, very honest and a good friend to Eve and she needs it. DC Jo Mearns is spikey but I warmed to her character as the book progresses. DC Scott Ferguson is a good officer but arrogant and he likes to undermine Eve if he can. Their boss is DCI Hastings and he’s a no nonsense kind of guy that is respected but not always liked. There is a lot of tension between the team and this comes across well. This is due to an investigation that left Eve injured and her friend and colleague DS Sanders paralysed and there are many that blame Eve for this. We are really kept in the dark about what exactly happens in this prior case and it took a long time to find out and I began to find the hinting a bit irritating! This happens in the first half of the book which I feel is a bit slow and repetitious but thankfully the pace picks up in the second half which is tense and exciting with several jaw dropping moments. The murders being investigated are certainly gruesome and dark. I could not understand why the team did not investigate an historic case that had similarities earlier as you would hope that in real policing that would be done as a matter of course. The plotting is perhaps a tad far fetched but it is certainly intriguing and memorable. There are a lot of twists that I did not see coming and the end where the killer is caught is a cracker. That section is written so well you are left almost breathless. The final section of the book is good too as the team ‘put to bed’ their problems with each other. Overall. a good read that definitely leaves me wanting more from the author and this team of characters.
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    When I read the synopsis for Hold Your Tongue by Deborah Masson I was instantly intrigued and wanted to know more. It is a dark and gruesome police procedural set in Aberdeen and I must warn you that it will not be for everybody as it quite violent and descriptive.The story opens with the body of a young girl being discovered in a hotel room. She has been brutally murdered - and her tongue has been removed. Reading this I did feel quite ill but I have read worse. DI Eve Hunter and her team are When I read the synopsis for Hold Your Tongue by Deborah Masson I was instantly intrigued and wanted to know more. It is a dark and gruesome police procedural set in Aberdeen and I must warn you that it will not be for everybody as it quite violent and descriptive.The story opens with the body of a young girl being discovered in a hotel room. She has been brutally murdered - and her tongue has been removed. Reading this I did feel quite ill but I have read worse. DI Eve Hunter and her team are on the case to find out who would do such an evil thing and why? Before long more bodies are discovered - all with their tongues removed. Is there a connection and why take the tongue?Whilst I did enjoy this book I did struggle with it at times. The main character Eve felt like so many other female detectives that I have read before. She is very damaged, battling demons and feeling guilty. There just did not seem to be anything about her that was original. The story felt like it dragged and repeated at time, making it a bit too long for me. Thanks to Random House UK, Transworld Publishers and Netgalley for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased.
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  • Elaine Tomasso
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Random House UK, Transworld Publishers for an advance copy of Hold Your Tongue, the first novel to feature Aberdeen based DI Eve Hunter.On her first day back at work after six months recuperation for an injury sustained on the job Eve is plunged straight in to a murder inquiry. The body of a young woman has been found in a hotel room and the ritualistic aspects of her death are enough to worry Eve and her team. Correctly as it turns out because she’s not the I would like to thank Netgalley and Random House UK, Transworld Publishers for an advance copy of Hold Your Tongue, the first novel to feature Aberdeen based DI Eve Hunter.On her first day back at work after six months recuperation for an injury sustained on the job Eve is plunged straight in to a murder inquiry. The body of a young woman has been found in a hotel room and the ritualistic aspects of her death are enough to worry Eve and her team. Correctly as it turns out because she’s not the last victim.I thoroughly enjoyed Hold Your Tongue which is an exciting police procedural with plenty of twists and turns. It is told in the third person from various points of view, mostly Eve with contributions from her team. I think this works well as it gives the reader a wider perspective on events without being distracting. The police point of view is intercut with chapters from the unnamed killer, which further alternate between his history and his current day thoughts and actions. I found the history fascinating and well designed as it gradually teases out the story but the present day musings aren’t particularly illuminating, being more of the same I’m too smart to get caught variety. I liked the plot with its twists and steady stream of reveals although it’s not for the faint hearted with a fair amount of violence, both current and historical.Eve returns to work after an attack which injured her and her partner DC Sanders. Much is made of her guilt over the attack and the friction in the team from those who also blame her for it. I didn’t find any of this particularly convincing and found the lack of detail of what actually happened early on in the novel very frustrating. It is gradually explained over the course of the novel but it’s difficult to navigate all the bad feeling without understanding why. Having said all that, the team starts to meld by the end so I’m really looking forward to the next novel as I think this is a very promising start.Hold Your Tongue is a good read which I have no hesitation in recommending.
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  • Priya Shrinath
    January 1, 1970
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  • Tracy Wood
    January 1, 1970
    Coming back from six months of enforced sick leave most people would hope for a little time to get back into the swing of things. Unfortunately for DI Eve Hunter that isn't even a remote possibility after a young girl's body is found at a local Aberdeen hotel with all the signs pointing to a possible serial killer. As the body count begins to rise the hostility Eve receives from colleagues and the local press bring previous mistakes back into the limelight and her insecurities to the fore. When Coming back from six months of enforced sick leave most people would hope for a little time to get back into the swing of things. Unfortunately for DI Eve Hunter that isn't even a remote possibility after a young girl's body is found at a local Aberdeen hotel with all the signs pointing to a possible serial killer. As the body count begins to rise the hostility Eve receives from colleagues and the local press bring previous mistakes back into the limelight and her insecurities to the fore. When a victim is discovered which hits far too close to home Eve and her team realise they have far less time and way more to lose than anyone could imagine. This is the first book by Deborah Masson but I  have absolutely no doubt more will follow. To begin with this was an entertaining story, one which set the scene well, had a main protagonist with an interesting history and a seriously flawed killer but somehow it didn't quite reach unputdownable status. Then, wham, a victim was found which changed everything and turned 3 stars into 4 in one powerful chapter. From then on it was an indication of what Ms Masson is capable of and I can't wait to see what comes next. I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers in exchange for an unbiased review and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a new author to follow or enjoys good, well written police procedurals which has the ability to surprise.
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  • Keith Chawgo
    January 1, 1970
    Morgan’s incredibly gritty thriller excels where others have difficulty matching with its troubled characters, backstory and gruesome crimes providing a whirlwind of crime and tension. This is a novel that hits all the right marks that most crime stories often lack.The characters are richly written and stand on their own against the backdrop that Morgan uses. They are well developed and provide enough angst, pain, suffering and pathos to keep you interested but at the same time staying very true Morgan’s incredibly gritty thriller excels where others have difficulty matching with its troubled characters, backstory and gruesome crimes providing a whirlwind of crime and tension. This is a novel that hits all the right marks that most crime stories often lack.The characters are richly written and stand on their own against the backdrop that Morgan uses. They are well developed and provide enough angst, pain, suffering and pathos to keep you interested but at the same time staying very true to their humanistic approach. The crimes and plotting are ingeniously done and Morgan shows a great fortitude for the subject matter. You can tell a lot of work went into the psychological understanding of the crimes and police procedure. This kept the novel intriguing and combined this with the personal dramas and situations within the characters personal lives we end up with a winning formula.Hold Your Tongue is an excellent crime novel that works on all aspects providing an insightful and thought provoking and a damn good read. This page turner gets it right on so many levels and it is really hard to find anything negative to find. Great characters, fantastic backstory and crimes that are gruesome and a conclusion that makes perfect sense; a crime winner on all fronts.
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  • Ann Girdharry
    January 1, 1970
    DI Eve Hunter returns to work after an incident in which one of her colleagues was injured. Her team don’t trust her and she’s not sure she trusts herself. When the bodies start piling up she needs to get her team on board and push through them blaming her for past mistakes. Be prepared for some gritty and gruesome murders in which the victims lose a body part. Plus we get to meet the killer and hear their thoughts. This added a lot of tension because the killer really is merciless and clever.I DI Eve Hunter returns to work after an incident in which one of her colleagues was injured. Her team don’t trust her and she’s not sure she trusts herself. When the bodies start piling up she needs to get her team on board and push through them blaming her for past mistakes. Be prepared for some gritty and gruesome murders in which the victims lose a body part. Plus we get to meet the killer and hear their thoughts. This added a lot of tension because the killer really is merciless and clever.I enjoyed the second half of the story more than the first. There’s more action, the team dynamics aren’t so prominent and there are some great twists. I had no idea who the killer was and the reveal was a good one. In the first half Eve’s difficulties felt a bit laboured but I have to say I ended up liking her. I’ll definitely look out for the next in the series. Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for a copy of this book. This is my honest review.
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  • Thebooktrail
    January 1, 1970
    Given the title of this police procedural, you should realise the nature of the novel and therefore the nature of the crimes within. Gruesome is not the word. Aberdeen does not come out well in this storyline! It's well evoked by street names, history of the Granite City and its people etc. But this won't be on any tourist board websites anytime soon.Boy this is dark. Gruesome and dark. They say Aberdeen is the granite city? Well now it’s the gory and gruesome city too if this novel is anything Given the title of this police procedural, you should realise the nature of the novel and therefore the nature of the crimes within. Gruesome is not the word. Aberdeen does not come out well in this storyline! It's well evoked by street names, history of the Granite City and its people etc. But this won't be on any tourist board websites anytime soon.Boy this is dark. Gruesome and dark. They say Aberdeen is the granite city? Well now it’s the gory and gruesome city too if this novel is anything to go by.Interesting premise - DI Eve Hunter is back at work after an accident on the job. She’s recovering but things will take time and part of her worry is about returning back to work and being with the team. Its interesting to get so close to the police’s worries and fears in this way. She’s not expecting her first case back to be easy but it’s stranger and more gruesome than she thinks.Reading the novel is like diving headfirst into a swimming pool. You don’t know how deep it’s going to be, what the water temperature is like and you don’t even get time to jump as someone shoves you in… I gulped, felt a bit sick and then spend the rest of the novel furiously paddling to stay afloat. Plenty of waves and people shoving your head underway as you read too to keep things interesting.As I said before, Aberdeen comes across ‘well’ but it’;s not the best of impressions! A gritty Scottish city with its gritty new police detective. With POVS from the killer and the police, this is a cat and mouse read.
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  • Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    DI Eve Hunter has been recovering from a vicious attack and returning to work where her team don’t trust her and she has something to prove. When bodies start to turn up missing a vital part of their anatomy can her team get past their issues to work with her? This was a great start to what I hope will be a new series. The characters were believable and tartan noir crime is getting better and better with books like these. Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for this arc in exchange for my DI Eve Hunter has been recovering from a vicious attack and returning to work where her team don’t trust her and she has something to prove. When bodies start to turn up missing a vital part of their anatomy can her team get past their issues to work with her? This was a great start to what I hope will be a new series. The characters were believable and tartan noir crime is getting better and better with books like these. Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for this arc in exchange for my honest review:
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Where do I begin? Utterly unputdownable. Masson had me hooked from the very beginning of the book. This debut novel was so up my street. The characters back stories were just as interesting as the main plot. Twists and turns throughout. I thought I'd guessed the ending twice. Both times I was wrong. I did not see that ending coming. I do hope Masson brings these characters back for another book. A wonderful debut. Bravo. Thank you to #netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read a brilliant Where do I begin? Utterly unputdownable. Masson had me hooked from the very beginning of the book. This debut novel was so up my street. The characters back stories were just as interesting as the main plot. Twists and turns throughout. I thought I'd guessed the ending twice. Both times I was wrong. I did not see that ending coming. I do hope Masson brings these characters back for another book. A wonderful debut. Bravo. Thank you to #netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read a brilliant book.
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  • Steph Sheppard
    January 1, 1970
    Hold Your Tongue - Deborah MassonThis is a pretty decent debut novel from Ms Masson, I've got high hopes for the next instalment of this Scottish police procedural set in Aberdeen. My own personal preference is for characters to be written as they'd speak using slang spellings for local dialect etc (where its appropriate obviously). I enjoyed this book taking us straight in to the action shocking me with the actual physical violence, only a special kind of twisted could inflict those kind of Hold Your Tongue - Deborah MassonThis is a pretty decent debut novel from Ms Masson, I've got high hopes for the next instalment of this Scottish police procedural set in Aberdeen. My own personal preference is for characters to be written as they'd speak using slang spellings for local dialect etc (where its appropriate obviously). I enjoyed this book taking us straight in to the action shocking me with the actual physical violence, only a special kind of twisted could inflict those kind of injuries on another human being. I always enjoy books where we have more than one point of view combined with short easy to read chapters, they hold my attention much more, plus they always allow me to sneak one or two more. There was one or two events The details we learn from the perpetrator were eye-opening but I felt needed a little tweaking, one in particular could have been shortened as it seemed a little convoluted. We are introduced to DI Eve Hunter has just returned to work after a violent attack that caused horrendous injuries to herself and her partner Sanders. Following said accident her new team are distrustful of her I have to say Eve is a better woman than me, I was only reading this and my right hand itched to slap DC Jo Mearns, she was so blatantly disrespectful towards Eve. Her first assignment back on duty is a brutal and vicious murder case, a woman is found mutilated and murdered with a news article pinned on her chest. The next week there's another body found, it too was mutilated and left for dead. Eve is feeling that she has something to prove to both the team and her bosses but as there's little or no clues she's feeling the pressure from the head honchos. When it came to the conclusion of the story I have to admit that I didn't guess who it was, that pleases me greatly. With all the red herrings and twists contained between these pages its certainly makes for a novel definitely worth a read. I have no problems recommending it to all of my bookworm friends.Read for an honest review. Thank you, Netgalley and Random House UK, Transworld Publishers Corner
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    If you are looking for a new police procedural series to get your teeth into, this could be the one. It's gritty, gruesome and very good. This is a case that needs a speedy resolution, but there are plenty of bumps in the road that mean that might not be possible. One of those bumps is the tension that Eve feels, returning to work after 6 months following an injury, and her guilt about what happened the night of her injury. There is also tension amongst her team, some of whom have reservations If you are looking for a new police procedural series to get your teeth into, this could be the one. It's gritty, gruesome and very good. This is a case that needs a speedy resolution, but there are plenty of bumps in the road that mean that might not be possible. One of those bumps is the tension that Eve feels, returning to work after 6 months following an injury, and her guilt about what happened the night of her injury. There is also tension amongst her team, some of whom have reservations about her being allowed to return to work, making Eve's job just that little bit harder. Told from multiple points of view, including the killers, gave wonderful insight into all of the characters, and I really felt immersed in the story. Like any good book in the genre, there are plenty of red herrings, and the reveal of the killer is a good one. I'm already looking forward to the next book in the series, and my thanks go to the publishers and Net Galley for the advanced copy in return for an honest review.
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  • Jayne Anderson
    January 1, 1970
    My ReviewThis is without a doubt the best police procedural I have read in a long time.From page one the author hooked me in and I was gripped, there was no let up until the very last sentence. For a debut novel this was outstanding.I find with some police procedural's that chapter one is always gripping and then the action dies off a bit and it goes a bit flat for a while but not with this book. We are launched into the story at the scene of a crime taking place twenty years ago and are swiftly My ReviewThis is without a doubt the best police procedural I have read in a long time.From page one the author hooked me in and I was gripped, there was no let up until the very last sentence. For a debut novel this was outstanding.I find with some police procedural's that chapter one is always gripping and then the action dies off a bit and it goes a bit flat for a while but not with this book. We are launched into the story at the scene of a crime taking place twenty years ago and are swiftly led to the present day to meet DI Eve Hunter. She is in therapy and awaiting confirmation that she can go to back at the job she loves. A traumatic event has led to her being placed on long term sick leave. Eve just wants to get back to it but there are still a lot of scars that needs to be healed.Eve’s story is hinted at from the word go but it’s not until the story progresses that we find out what led to her being off work. It is cleverly threaded together with hints and secret little nudges before the full picture is revealed. I loved the character of Eve, of course she is a strong DI but she shows lots of weaknesses which made her very enjoyable to learn about.Eve, is thrust back to work and straight into a murder scene. A gruesome discovery of a young woman brutally slashed with her tongue removed. With a new colleague to contend with, DC Mearns, the road will be far from easy. Her colleagues blame her for the incident that led to her being off work and the new DC is wary of her and puts up her guard.Eve’s colleague Sanders was injured terribly in the line of duty and the chapters where Eve visits her to try and lay the ghosts to rest are very emotional and touching. At times these sections brought tears to my eyes.As the number of murders ramp up we are soon looking at a serial killer and with very few leads to go on this is pulling the team apart but when things start to spiral out of control, Eve is the first one to piece together the puzzle and sets out on a dangerous night to save the last victim.The chapters that flick to our killer are dark and disturbing as we glimpse into his murky past and start to learn the tragic story behind why he does what he does. The very best thing about the book was not once did I guess who the killer was. I went through the book mentally convicting each and every one that I came across so It was very satisfying to keep reading and find out the ending that the author had clearly and very sinisterly planned. I haven’t put too much detail in this post about the plot and story line as I really don’t want to spoil anyone's reading pleasure and discovery of this.I really hope there is a follow up to this book as I would love to know just how the characters would deal with life going forward and deal with the next grizzly murder. Thank you for my ARCI will posting on my blog this review closer to the release date.
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  • Elaine
    January 1, 1970
    This... is one of the most gruesome books I have ever read in my life. I was quite taken aback, but really, with that title, what else should I have expected? Either way, this dragged on more than I would have liked. There is potential for sure, but I could barely wait for it to end.After an accident that caused significant injuries to DI Eve Hunter, she is forced to take a six-months break. Circumstances have required her to undergo treatment. During this period, she drowns herself in guilt and This... is one of the most gruesome books I have ever read in my life. I was quite taken aback, but really, with that title, what else should I have expected? Either way, this dragged on more than I would have liked. There is potential for sure, but I could barely wait for it to end.After an accident that caused significant injuries to DI Eve Hunter, she is forced to take a six-months break. Circumstances have required her to undergo treatment. During this period, she drowns herself in guilt and the determination to redeem herself. Eve gets her chance when she is finally allowed back to work, and is thrust into a bizarre murder case. A woman has been killed and mutilated. Pinned to her clothes is a newspaper cutting with a blazing headline that is connected to the victim herself. With little to no clues, we find the detectives at a loss. A woman is found dead every week. Surely they'll be able to capture him before the next one dies?The author dove straight into the case. Straight-forward. I'm not saying it's a bad thing, but my first impression of it wasn't good. It felt too technical, going very much in detail about police work; a tad boring, even if the crime scene is very interesting. I thought at first this was going to be a mystery book with not much development to its characters, but then it proved me wrong. I began to appreciate Masson's style, enjoying as I learnt more about Eve and her other subordinates. I could understand Eve's remorse and the frustration towards those who remained nasty towards her because of the accident. There was a significant number of pages used to describe it all, but to say that it dampened the story would be untrue. What did dampen the story was the series of events that led up to how the murderer was found out. It's a seriously loooong chain of events, I tell you. They couldn't find a clue about who it is even after the fifth victim. Like Cooper constantly mentioned in the book, they always return to where they started. They are frustrated — so am I as a reader. And this isn't a short book. How is it that every single scene didn't leave a clue that is easy to track? It dragged too long. But as a mystery novel, it definitely did its job with all the twists (even though some parts are pretty predictable, with foreshadowing and stuff) and creepy vibes. It's written in multiple POVs in the second-person, the murderer's included. Recommended to all mystery fans who don't mind much of a slow read!This review is written based on the ARC provided by the publisher through Netgalley. by A Floret's Breath
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    I was intrigued by the title, description and cover of Deborah Masson's debut novel and excited to be given the opportunity by NetGalley to read this ahead of its publication. I immediately thought I'd made a big mistake as this is quite violent and unnervingly descriptive from the very first page, making it quite uncomfortable reading in places. I'm not sure why it shocked me as the clue is very much in the title " Hold Your Tongue" referring to the serial killer removing his victims' tongues I was intrigued by the title, description and cover of Deborah Masson's debut novel and excited to be given the opportunity by NetGalley to read this ahead of its publication. I immediately thought I'd made a big mistake as this is quite violent and unnervingly descriptive from the very first page, making it quite uncomfortable reading in places. I'm not sure why it shocked me as the clue is very much in the title " Hold Your Tongue" referring to the serial killer removing his victims' tongues whilst they were still alive. Anyway I took a deep breath and carried on and am so glad I did as it turned out to be really rather good.I really enjoyed the style of writing which is short, snappy and to the point. It's really easy reading with the fairly short chapters continually tempting you to just read one more, particularly as the story starts quickening to its explosive ending. The narrative is principally the voice of the lead investigative detective, DI Eve Hunter, but interspersed with the odd chapter or section by the killer and other members of Eve's team which kept things varied and grabbed attention.Following the police investigation is definitely my favourite style of crime writing as it provides a fascinating insight into police work. I always feel like I am a member of the team examining the evidence, looking for clues and trying to solve the crime alongside the characters. The best thing by far about this novel, however, was my total inability to guess the identity of the killer, due almost entirely to the author's clever misdirection throughout.What's more Deborah Masson has a unique gift for characterisation. The four main characters, the police officers, are all flawed but still relatable and on the whole likeable. And, it's these flaws which make for such a captivating dynamic between the characters as they resent, distrust, dislike, compete and grieve with each other whilst trying to work together as a united front. Again it's the author's talent and incredible writing that enables you to put yourself in every character's shoes, understanding why they are and act the way they do - even the mentally disturbed killer.A nice touch was that the book didn't end with the big reveal, instead it continued briefly exploring the aftermath of the case. We saw how the four main characters were coping and working towards putting their past and strained relationships behind them in order to move on as a supportive close-knit team.Not for the squeamish but I really recommend this - a great debut from an exciting new author. I would've given it five stars except for the gruesomeness of the tongue scenes.
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  • Hazel
    January 1, 1970
    My thanks to NetGalley and publisher Random House UK - Transworld Publishers, for the ARC.Well, DI Eve Hunter and her team in Aberdeen have entered our literary world spectacularly in Deborah Masson's debut novel. What a start to (I hope) a new detective series.Eve has returned to work after 6 months recovering from a brutal attack inflicted on her and her partner Sanders. Eve's damaged leg has given her a limp and she needs painkillers. Sanders was most badly hurt in the attack and is now back My thanks to NetGalley and publisher Random House UK - Transworld Publishers, for the ARC.Well, DI Eve Hunter and her team in Aberdeen have entered our literary world spectacularly in Deborah Masson's debut novel. What a start to (I hope) a new detective series.Eve has returned to work after 6 months recovering from a brutal attack inflicted on her and her partner Sanders. Eve's damaged leg has given her a limp and she needs painkillers. Sanders was most badly hurt in the attack and is now back home but wheelchair-bound due to paralysis from her broken back. Eve visits Sanders regularly, but they have little to say to each other.With Eve attending weekly appointments with the Police Psychiatrist her boss DCI Jim Hastings has backed her return to duty, but she needs to prove she is up to the job. DCI Hastings assures her the attack was not her fault, but Eve is consumed with guilt about the circumstances that led up to it, and concerned how her team, including Sanders' replacement - Jo Mearns - will receive her return.Her Sergeant, DS Mark Cooper, will always stand by her; DC Scott Ferguson can't bear to look her in the eye (but then, perhaps he's got something to feel guilty for about that attack?).A couple of days back into work Eve attends a murder in a hotel room in the city. Melanie, a beautiful would-be model, has been gruesomely killed and a newspaper headline attached to her. The investigation begins, but a week later another woman's body is found with another headline attached, the two murders displaying alarming similarities. Do they have a serial killer on the loose?This book gives us intermittent rather chilling narratives from the point of view of the killer who is no nearer being caught despite several suspects being questioned and eliminated. What's the meaning behind the newspaper headlines and means of death?Yes, I did find the first half of this book to be rather on the 'slow side' - lots of narrative describing Eve's guilt, her battling to get the cooperation of all members of the team and her need to prove she is still a good and competent detective. The story really picks up in the second-half as truths are revealed and respect for Eve is restored.Now, I usually reduce my 'stars' if I feel a lot of 'slow-ness' is unnecessarily written-in to lengthen the content; however, on this occasion, I really felt, on finishing the book, that the first 'slow' half thoroughly represented how Eve herself felt - tentative, unsure and guilt-ridden; the second half picked up as her confidence grew and her demons were addressed. There's lots of red-herrings and a very major twist which I absolutely never saw coming!I loved all the characters, their flaws and misconceptions as well as their loyalty and honesty.Really looking forward to the next instalment. Thoroughly recommended.
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  • Marc Bougharios
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars DI Eve Hunter is back on the job after a personalmatter. When the body of a woman is found with her tongue missing and a newspaper cutting pinned to her clothing, it’s clear that the killer is trying to send a message. Eve has everything to prove, and this is her one chance to redeem herself and show that she is ready to be back on the team. The clock is ticking for Eve as bodies begin to show up everyday and she comes closer and closer to finding out who the killer is. Hold Your 3.5 stars DI Eve Hunter is back on the job after a personalmatter. When the body of a woman is found with her tongue missing and a newspaper cutting pinned to her clothing, it’s clear that the killer is trying to send a message. Eve has everything to prove, and this is her one chance to redeem herself and show that she is ready to be back on the team. The clock is ticking for Eve as bodies begin to show up everyday and she comes closer and closer to finding out who the killer is. Hold Your Tongue is a fast-paced crime thriller with a twist you won’t see coming. I’m not a huge fan of detective novels because the genre is very different from thrillers, but reading the synopsis, I knew I wanted to read this one. If all crime thrillers are like this one, then I’m an instant fan! Since this is the first book in the series, I enjoyed how we got a backstory of Eve, and why she has left the team in the first place. We get a lot of insight into her life and I found that to be very interesting to read. It’s a little different than thrillers because they tend to focus more on the victim’s family or other people rather than the detectives so it was nice to see that. In terms of plot, I would say that it was very well done. It’s a fresh concept and I’ve never really read anything like it. I thought the part about the tongues was really creepy, but in an entertaining way. I also loved the newspaper clippings because it added more depth to the story and the killer and as you read along you see how significant they actually are to the plot. Masson’s writing is so addictive and it wasn’t really boring in anyway, I was always intriguing to figure out what would happen next I would have liked to see a lot more italicized areas when the killer is speaking. It works well where they are, but little parts where we learn about his childhood would’ve been nice to have a little more of. But still well done! Overall, I really enjoyed this and will for sure be checking out more books by Masson! The plot twist at the end was one I wouldn’t have guessed myself. It was incorporated in a very subtle way, that it’s easy to guess, but also not, at the same time. Thank you to Penguin Random House UK for sending me a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion and for the opportunity to be a part of this blog tour!
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  • Anne M
    January 1, 1970
    The official description: A brutal murder. A young woman’s body is discovered with horrifying injuries, a recent newspaper cutting pinned to her clothing. A detective with everything to prove. This is her only chance to redeem herself. A serial killer with nothing to lose. He’s waited years, and his reign of terror has only just begun . . . Introducing DI Eve Hunter, HOLD YOUR TONGUE is your new obsession.My review:After an accident that caused major injuries to DI Eve Hunter and left a The official description: A brutal murder. A young woman’s body is discovered with horrifying injuries, a recent newspaper cutting pinned to her clothing. A detective with everything to prove. This is her only chance to redeem herself. A serial killer with nothing to lose. He’s waited years, and his reign of terror has only just begun . . . Introducing DI Eve Hunter, HOLD YOUR TONGUE is your new obsession.My review:After an accident that caused major injuries to DI Eve Hunter and left a colleague paralysed, she is back at work after a six-month break to head up the investigation into, what turns out to be, a series of particularly gruesome murders. Hunter struggles not only with her personal fitness, physical and mental, but also with a hostile team who are not ready to forget or forgive what happened to Hunter’s partner. ‘Hold Your Tongue’ is a Scottish police procedural set in Aberdeen. Scottish Noir is a favourite genre of mine, and so immediately Stuart MacBride’s well-stablished Logan McRae police procedural series, also set in the "Granite City" of Aberdeen, springs to mind and I can’t help but compare the two as they are both police procedurals, especially as the 12th McRae instalment features McRae also returning to work and facing a series of murders. The Scottish Noir scene is crowded and to truly stand out, newcomers have to be highly original and innovative. My personal opinion is that Hunter, as the lonely and bruised police protagonist, the other police characters and the team dynamics at times lacked in originality as did some well-used tropes, such as the nursery rhyme. This is a book for readers who likes a gory slow-burning traditional detective story with plenty of technical details. It is an ambitious and solid, if at times, plodding debut.Masson is a very good writer and having focussed on introducing her characters, the team and the setting for her series in this instalment in considerable detail, hopefully the next instalment will pick up the pace and the action.My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐Thanks to #NetGalley for eARC. Reviewed 17/11/2019#HoldYourTongue #NetGalley
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  • Danni (_forbookssake)
    January 1, 1970
    From the very first chapter, Hold Your Tongue is horrifying, and brutal, and exactly what I was hoping for from this book! We are thrown straight in to the story with a flashback of an awful attack, and an opening that will have you hooked for the rest of the story. From that moment onwards this book just gets better and better.DI Eve Hunter is an excellent protagonist. Her background story, and personal struggles are just as intense as the main story, and they make the entire book so much more From the very first chapter, Hold Your Tongue is horrifying, and brutal, and exactly what I was hoping for from this book! We are thrown straight in to the story with a flashback of an awful attack, and an opening that will have you hooked for the rest of the story. From that moment onwards this book just gets better and better.DI Eve Hunter is an excellent protagonist. Her background story, and personal struggles are just as intense as the main story, and they make the entire book so much more interesting to read. I really enjoyed the gradual reveal of Eve’s past, and finding out what had happened to make her lose the respect of her team. I particularly liked how Masson didn’t make the team work in perfect harmony with one another, because in reality, that is never how things work, and it made the team seem more real. Every member of Eve’s team is explored a little, but still leaving for more in depth looks in to each character later in the series.The crimes themselves were horrific, and very detailed. There were moments where the descriptions had me covered in goosebumps, and others where I felt completely sick, but for anyone who reads my blog regularly or knows me, you will know that this is exactly the type of book I love to read. There is a lot of blood, and some pretty disturbing descriptions, so if you’re a little squeamish, this may not be a good choice for you.I was completely clueless as to who the murderer was until the very end, and I had so many suspicions along the way that turned out to be completely wrong. I certainly didn’t see the ending coming. This was one of those books that I just couldn’t put down until I had all of the answers. I finally got all of the answers in the form of a completely perfect and explosive ending, which certainly didn’t disappoint.If I hadn’t been told, I would never have guessed that this was Deborah Masson’s debut! The story is even more chilling than that amazing cover, and a brilliant read. I can not wait to see what else is to come in the DI Eve Hunter series.I give Hold Your Tongue a 5/5 rating!
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  • Kath
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsThis is a series opener and, as such, there is quite a bit of character introduction. This is mostly in balance with the crime solving that is going on but MC DI Eve Hunter has a bit of a complex past that is not wholly divulged until quite late on in the book so that does overshadow things a bit for a while. Due to the nature of her past, her injuries and the attitudes towards her by members of her team, it's a bit frustrating initially as the reasons behind them are scant. That said, 4.5 StarsThis is a series opener and, as such, there is quite a bit of character introduction. This is mostly in balance with the crime solving that is going on but MC DI Eve Hunter has a bit of a complex past that is not wholly divulged until quite late on in the book so that does overshadow things a bit for a while. Due to the nature of her past, her injuries and the attitudes towards her by members of her team, it's a bit frustrating initially as the reasons behind them are scant. That said, it didn't distract me too much from what was really going on in the book, the chase to capture a serial killer whose crimes are pretty graphically heinous. Be warned, this book is not for the faint hearted!This book held my attention nicely throughout despite my aforementioned frustrations. The crimes were interesting and intriguing and, back biting aside, the way the police went about their investigations flowed nicely. Eve is obviously quite a damaged character and it's a bit of a big case she finds herself thrown into on her first day back at work after her recuperation. But she manages quite well, even though the aftermath of what happened is still very much evident. As a debut book it is pretty impressive although a little bit crime fiction by numbers. But that formula is tried and tested and it is ably executed herein. Coupled with an intriguing plot and interesting serial killer and motive, it all comes together as a whole very well. I did guess a few things early and the police being a tad behind me at times did frustrate me and I spent a bit of time shouting at them to stop ignoring the obvious but, they got there eventually and properly so I forgive them. By the end of the book, the team is a bit more cohesive and certain things have been laid to rest. That said, all of my niggles should now be over and I am very much looking forward to the next in series. My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
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  • Nicola
    January 1, 1970
    A dark and shocking thriller. Hold Your Tongue is a police procedural and the first in the DI Eve Hunter series set in Aberdeen. This is a great debut. The plot follows the investigation into a series of gruesome murders. The violence and description of way the victims died is gory and Masson doesn’t hold back. I particularly liked the chapters told from the point of view of the killer and their identity isn’t revealed until the end, as the police reach a number of dead ends in their A dark and shocking thriller. Hold Your Tongue is a police procedural and the first in the DI Eve Hunter series set in Aberdeen. This is a great debut. The plot follows the investigation into a series of gruesome murders. The violence and description of way the victims died is gory and Masson doesn’t hold back. I particularly liked the chapters told from the point of view of the killer and their identity isn’t revealed until the end, as the police reach a number of dead ends in their investigation. But can they get to the killer before it’s too late to save the latest victim...Like many protagonists in good detective novels, Eve Hunter is haunted by her demons and is a flawed character with strong moral and personal motivations. The relationships between the police team are full of mistrust, anger, fear, respect, friendship. Deborah Masson has created a police team with plenty of mileage for a series of books. I didn't personally connect with them which was the only downside of the book for me and it's why I've rated it 4 not 5 stars. But that doesn't take away the fact this is a really well-written crime thriller and a highly entertaining read. My favourite aspect of the book was the serial killer. Their chapters are creepy and scary, particularly as I couldn’t work out who it was. I won’t give away any spoilers here but the tongue references make for uncomfortable reading. I thought the theme connecting the murders was really interesting and would liked to have been brought into this earlier, maybe from the killer’s chapters rather than the police working it out. The plot is pacy, packed with action and has plenty of twists. The last few chapters are really well done and had me racing through the pages.Well worth a read, and highly recommended for fans of police procedurals looking to discover new writers. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy in exchange for my personal review.
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  • Jacqueline sharp
    January 1, 1970
    This is an excellent debut novel, a police procedural with a great team of characters. DI Eve Hunter is Chief Investigating Officer with the Aberdeen Major Incident Team. She has been off work for six months, after her and her work colleague and friend D.C. Nicola Sanders are injured after being called out to an incident.Eve is going back to work under the proviso that she continues to be seen by the police psychiatrist, she is also still taking pain meds for her recent injury which still This is an excellent debut novel, a police procedural with a great team of characters. DI Eve Hunter is Chief Investigating Officer with the Aberdeen Major Incident Team. She has been off work for six months, after her and her work colleague and friend D.C. Nicola Sanders are injured after being called out to an incident.Eve is going back to work under the proviso that she continues to be seen by the police psychiatrist, she is also still taking pain meds for her recent injury which still niggles. Taking Sanders’ place is new D.C.Jo Mearns who makes it clear she isn’t keen on Eve, as she has been listening to stories told by D.C. Scott Ferguson who also blames Eve for the injuries sustained by Sanders. But is some of that a little bit of guilt himself? The story starts 20 years earlier with an incident, then jumps to present day, the perpetrator’s story is told in past and present. Most of the rest of the story is told in present, except for when learning more about Eve ,her past and the accident.Just back in her job, a serial killer is on the loose, he removes tongues from his victims all women, and places a newspaper article on each body. His crimes seem to take place once a week, but what do these women have in common? The team are unable to find any links. The first half of the book was at times a little slow, but it was setting up the relationships and back stories. The second half was full on. With lots of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. I liked the team, the characters are good, I look forward to seeing more of them. I also liked the fact that the author didn’t rush the ending to wrap everything up. It was done well. Thank you to #netgalleyand #RandomHouseUK for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.
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  • janine
    January 1, 1970
    I so so hope this is the first of a series!Absolutely fantastic read, definitely in my top 3 of the year. A real thrilling read with real premise and the most explosive ending, I honestly had NO idea how this would end and was literally turning pages so fast until the early hours just to find out "who done it".The crimes are brutal, gruesome and intricate but are written amazingly well, I loved the POV from the killer aswell which really had me guessing the whole way through. I must admit when I I so so hope this is the first of a series!Absolutely fantastic read, definitely in my top 3 of the year. A real thrilling read with real premise and the most explosive ending, I honestly had NO idea how this would end and was literally turning pages so fast until the early hours just to find out "who done it".The crimes are brutal, gruesome and intricate but are written amazingly well, I loved the POV from the killer aswell which really had me guessing the whole way through. I must admit when I first started reading I thought I had missed the first in a series as it starts going into brief detail of a previous investigation and the outcome but this is all explained further along in the book. I also had so many unanswered questions as I got further and deeper into the story but once again Deborah Masson brings it all together to a beautifully explosive ending.The characters are written with real depth and creativity, they all have their own story to tell and flaws that show but this makes them all the more likeable. The POV of the serial killer gives a super creepy and somewhat scary feel to the storyline which worked brilliantly.The story moves from the present and moments from the past but is weaved together expertly. I can't believe this is the authors debut novel, the writing style has you intensely gripped from the get go. This could easily be turned into a TV series it even a film. I am such a fan already!If your after a book full of twists and turns which has you wanting more with each chapter, look no further. The biggest thanks to netgalley and Random House UK for the ARC.
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  • Trish
    January 1, 1970
    This is a debut book by this author and I think she has a long and bright future ahead if this book is anything to go by and I cannot wait to read the next one. Hold your tongue is a brilliant debut and one that most authors dream of. It gripped me right from the start. I wanted to keep reading and wish I had saved it till holiday as I'm sure it would have been a read in one sitting book.It had just the right amount of gore, detective investigation and then the POV from the killer. The crimes This is a debut book by this author and I think she has a long and bright future ahead if this book is anything to go by and I cannot wait to read the next one. Hold your tongue is a brilliant debut and one that most authors dream of. It gripped me right from the start. I wanted to keep reading and wish I had saved it till holiday as I'm sure it would have been a read in one sitting book.It had just the right amount of gore, detective investigation and then the POV from the killer. The crimes were in a way classy, well as classy as crime can be. The author didn't make you feel sick or expose too much blood and guts. Theh seemed on par with the novel, I think anymore and it would of been too much.The writing style reminded me of Chris Carter who as we all know is my favourite author. The writting was short, snappy and to the point. Short chapters made it a just one more read, and this is exactly what I did. There are hints to a back story which at first makes you think you have missed a book but just stick with it an all will be explained. I made my guess on who the killer was, I was wrong and didn't see it coming. So many twists and turns that you can't help but get drawn in and involved. Cannot wait for the next one already. 5 stars
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  • Javier
    January 1, 1970
    "Hold your tongue" is Deborah Masson debut novel and a good effort for a first one. An entertaining police procedural a bit more gruesome than your average one, so not recommended for the faint-hearted (some of the murder descriptions were pretty grisly). While I enjoyed it there're several buts. First of all, aren't there police officers leading normal, happy lives??? Why have all the detectives happen to be battling some inner demons, alcoholism, dysfunctional families... It feels like all the "Hold your tongue" is Deborah Masson debut novel and a good effort for a first one. An entertaining police procedural a bit more gruesome than your average one, so not recommended for the faint-hearted (some of the murder descriptions were pretty grisly). While I enjoyed it there're several buts. First of all, aren't there police officers leading normal, happy lives??? Why have all the detectives happen to be battling some inner demons, alcoholism, dysfunctional families... It feels like all the same! Another aspect that was a bit of a let down, was that, after a great beginning, the story seemed to drag along for most of the book, with no significant developments in the investigation, and the fault of this is partly because of the less than understandable decisions taken by the MC during the investigation. There were also some red herrings thrown around, and maybe it's because this genre is one of my favorites, but I completely disregarded them as soon as they appeared.I'm curious to see how the team will interact now that the past seems to be partly resolved, so probable will come back for book 2.Thanks to Netgalley and Random House UK Transworld Publishers for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Stef L
    January 1, 1970
    As much heart as it has horror. With a prologue that packs one heck of a punch, Hold Your Tongue had my eyes on stalks from the get-go. Meet DI Eve Hunter, battle hardened yet haunted by the cases in her past. As we get to know her we see her softer side and it’s this that brings her to life. Her pain and guilt leaping from the page and demanding to be heard. Eve’s back story, to me, was as fascinating as the case that lies before her. The little snippets she reveals over time drawing me in and As much heart as it has horror. With a prologue that packs one heck of a punch, Hold Your Tongue had my eyes on stalks from the get-go. Meet DI Eve Hunter, battle hardened yet haunted by the cases in her past. As we get to know her we see her softer side and it’s this that brings her to life. Her pain and guilt leaping from the page and demanding to be heard. Eve’s back story, to me, was as fascinating as the case that lies before her. The little snippets she reveals over time drawing me in and leaving me with a thirst to find out just what happened to her. The case she is dealing with is pretty horrifying and these parts have shades of Mo Hayder. Horribly dark yet utterly captivating all the same. Hold My Tongue however has as much heart as it has horror, as much soul as it has sorrow and that’s what made me turn page after page late into the night. If you like your crime fiction served with a striking sense of place, characters that are deftly and vividly brought to life and a sprinkle of gore then Hold Your Tongue has to be on your winter reading list. Me, I’m sitting back, with my doors firmly locked and a fizz of anticipation to see what Deborah Masson does next.
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  • Lisa Clark
    January 1, 1970
    A young woman’s body is discovered with horrific injuries, and it falls to DI Eve Hunter and her team to investigate. Hunter has much to prove on her return to work, and not all at the station are pleased to see her back. As another murder follows, it appears there is a serial killer on the loose. Can Hunter crack this case?This is the first in the series of DI Eve Hunter crime thrillers by Masson, and I must say I was very impressed. I got wrapped up in the story quickly and grew to like and A young woman’s body is discovered with horrific injuries, and it falls to DI Eve Hunter and her team to investigate. Hunter has much to prove on her return to work, and not all at the station are pleased to see her back. As another murder follows, it appears there is a serial killer on the loose. Can Hunter crack this case?This is the first in the series of DI Eve Hunter crime thrillers by Masson, and I must say I was very impressed. I got wrapped up in the story quickly and grew to like and feel for all the characters. It really was a page turner that I struggled to put down. It was fast paced and dramatic, with a creepy and thrilling climax. I found myself gasping out loud at some points, and almost shedding a tear at others!I did however think the police team came to some pretty random assumptions at times which did not always pay off, based on loose or non-existent evidence. This lead me to question their competence a little, although it did not affect my overall enjoyment of the story. There was also some massive coincidental ‘red herrings’ that were a little annoying. Overall though I would defiantly recommend this to fans of creepy police procedural thrillers. I will certainly be keeping my eyes open for the next instalment in this series.
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  • Amy Twigg
    January 1, 1970
    Bearing in mind I only started reading this book two days ago and have already finished it, I would definitely consider Hold Your Tongue a page turner!As a debut, Deborah Mason writes confidently, especially in a genre that can be very tricky to hook a reader. Aberdeen works as a fresh setting for a police procedural, with a host of believable characters, including DI Eve Hunter. The book takes place as Eve returns to work after an ordeal, only to be landed with a vicious murder case, where a Bearing in mind I only started reading this book two days ago and have already finished it, I would definitely consider Hold Your Tongue a page turner!As a debut, Deborah Mason writes confidently, especially in a genre that can be very tricky to hook a reader. Aberdeen works as a fresh setting for a police procedural, with a host of believable characters, including DI Eve Hunter. The book takes place as Eve returns to work after an ordeal, only to be landed with a vicious murder case, where a young woman has been butchered to death. Feeling under pressure from her past mistakes, and with her superiors breathing down her neck, Eve feels she has something major to prove to her team, and herself. You’d have to do some great detective work to sift through the red herrings and figure out the killer in this page turner - good news for lovers of this genre.I’m looking forward to reading more of Eve, and whatever twisted ideas Deborah Mason has to offer.Many thanks to Net Galley and Random House for sending me an advance read copy in exchange for an honest review.
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