So I’m back today with another blog tour, this time it is for J.S. Monroe’s newest release, The Man on Hackpen Hill. You may remember The Other You was a 5 star read for me last year and I couldn’t stop talking about it to everyone so I was extremely excited for this. A massive thank you to Head of Zeus and J.S. Monroe for inviting me to be part of this blog tour and providing me with an early copy.
Let’s jump right in…
It isn’t unusual for crop circles to appear overnight on Hackpen Hill.
In this part of Wiltshire, where golden wheat fields stretch for miles, the locals have got used to discovering strange mathematical
patterns stamped into the earth.
But this time, it’s different.
Not only because this particular design of dramatic spiralling hexagons has never been seen before.
But because of the dead body positioned precisely in the centre of the circle.
DI Silas Hart, of Swindon Police, is at a loss.
Only Jim, a scientist at secretive government laboratory Porton Down, knows the chilling truth about the man on Hackpen Hill.
And he wants Bella, a trainee journalist on her first ever story, to tell the world.
But Silas has other ideas – and a boss intent on a cover up.
Monroe knows how to write addictive and complex thrillers, I’ve never given too much thought to crop circles before this book. However during my time reading I found myself googling images to try and visualise the scenes. This was such a unique concept that I’ve never come across before and it was fascinating to learn about. I loved the idea of the secret military base Porton Down with chemical warfare and the possibility of unethical experimentation. We also have antipsychotics as treatment for schizophrenia in here, all these complex plots create a fast paced thriller that is extremely hard to put down.
The characters were equally as important as the case, I loved getting to know the back stories of Jim and Bella and how they both became entwined in this case. I became so attached to these characters that everything they went through only created even more tension and anxiety. DI Hart also had his own personal connection making this case all the more important to him, DC Strover was the perfect partner, she was knowledgeable and savvy in ways that he wasn’t and could also see things from a different perspective teaching DI Hart to listen to those around him.
I don’t want to spoil this book by saying anymore as Monroe’s thrillers really are a work of art and I recommend that you pick them up.
So who is J.S. Monroe?
J.S. Monroe read English at Cambridge, worked as a foreign correspondent in Delhi, and was Weekend editor of the Daily Telegraph in London before becoming a full-time writer.
His psychological thriller Find Me became a bestseller in 2017, and, under the name Jon Stock, he is also the author of five spy thrillers.
He lives in Wiltshire, with his wife and children.
See you in the next one…