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Dead Tomorrow - Peter James
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Dead Tomorrow - Peter James
Advantages: Another brilliant book in the Roy Grace series, an interesting story
Disadvantages: Not enough about Sandy - I need to know what happened!!
Dead Tomorrow is the fifth book in the Roy Grace detective series, by Peter James.
Peter James has previously worked as a screen writer and a film producer in America and so is a very talented and experienced man. He now lives in the UK, and so far, his books have all been based around Brighton, which is where he was born.
Peter James is interested in criminology, science and the paranormal and this is reflected in his books - both the Roy Grace series and the other books that he has written which are not part of this series. Peter has written 20 books so far, and seems to be unstoppable!
Roy Grace begins his story in Dead Simple, progressing through three other books, Looking Good Dead, Not Dead Enough and Dead Man's Footsteps, before reaching the book I am reviewing, Dead Tomorrow.
The body of a teenager is discovered in the sea off the coast of Sussex and a post-mortem reveals hat the vital organs have been harvested, with surgical precision. On further investigation, another two bodies are discovered, all from a similar Eastern European descent and all with missing vital organs.
Caitlinn Beckett is an ill teenager, suffering from a serious liver disease, and only has weeks to live unless she is the recipient of a liver transplant. After it seems that the NHS will not be able to provide the desperately needed liver, Caitlinns mother, Lynne, decides to take matters in to her own hands, by illegally buying a liver.
DS Roy Grace, whilst searching for the killer of the bodies, uncovers a group of Eastern European child traffickers, who harvest their organs and sell these for a huge profit, to desperate people, all around the world.
The suspense heightens as Roy Grace attempts to stop a further life lost, whilst Lynne tries to save the life of her only child.
Peter James constructs his books well, by using each chapter with a viewpoint of a different character. This enables us to learn more about the characters of each book, as well as the long running characters, especially Roy Grace, his girlfriend, Cleo Morey, and his best friend, Glenn Branson.
In the first Roy Grace book, we were told of Sandy, Roy's wife, who had been missing for 7 years. Throughout the books, we have seen Roy deal with her disappearance, and trying to cope with this.
At the end of the fourth book, it seemed that Sandy was alive and I looked forward to Dead Tomorrow perhaps revealing a few more secrets about her disappearance. However, I was slightly disappointed that there was only a tiny section of the book dedicated to Sandy, and that I was left more in the dark than I was before!
The book is well written, with good language, without making the police and medical scenes too tricky to understand. He explains the hard to understand words well and makes the book an easy, but thrilling, read.
I like the aspect of Romania in this book, as previous books have been based in Brighton, apart from a brief trip to Germany in book 4.
If you like crime novels, I really suggest giving the Roy Grace series a go, they are brilliant reads and will keep you guessing throughout.
I am looking forward to reading the next Roy Grace novel, Dead Like You, which is released later this year!
Summary: A brilliant read!