Posted in *** rating 3/5

The Hope That Kills by Ed James

I liked some things about this book and but found the style of writing missing something. I recommend this as a 3 star read.

I liked the cover image and the synopsis sounded just my type of book.

The author gets a bit too involved in details and I felt the book dragged on. I prefer books that are faster paced than this. However, the main story was good and it was an enjoyable read although a little hard-going at times.

I am undecided on this author and will purchase the second DI Fenchurch book to give him another go…

I would like to thank netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.


The body of a young woman is found on the streets of East London, in the shadow of the City’s gleaming towers. No ID on her, just hard-earned cash. But there is no doubting the ferocity of the attack.

DI Simon Fenchurch takes charge but, as his team tries to identify her and piece together her murder, they’re faced with cruel indifference at every turn—nobody cares about yet another dead prostitute. To Fenchurch, however, she could just as easily be Chloe, his daughter still missing after ten years, whose memory still haunts his days and nights, his burning obsession having killed his marriage.

When a second body is discovered, Fenchurch must peel back the grimy layers shrouding the London sex trade, confronting his own traumatic past while racing to undo a scheme larger, more complex and more evil than anything he could possibly have imagined.

BOOK TITLE The Hope that Kills
SERIES DI Fenchurch #1
PUBLISHER Thomas & Mercer
PRINT LENGTH 366 pages
ISBN 9781503936553
OBTAINED: Netgalley






Ed James writes crime fiction novels, predominantly the SCOTT CULLEN series of police procedurals set in Edinburgh and the surrounding Lothians – the first four are available now, starting with GHOST IN THE MACHINE which has been downloaded over 280,000 times and is currently free. BOTTLENECK (Cullen 5) is out on 17-Mar-14. He is currently developing two new series – DI SIMON FENCHURCH and DS VICKY DODDS, set in London and Dundee respectively. He also writes the SUPERNATURE series, featuring vampires and other folkloric creatures, of which the first book SHOT THROUGH THE HEART is out now and free.

Ed lives in the East Lothian countryside, 25 miles east of Edinburgh, with his girlfriend, six rescue moggies, two retired greyhounds, a flock of ex-battery chickens and rescue ducks across two breeds and two genders (though the boys don’t lay eggs). While working in IT for a living, Ed wrote mainly on public transport but now writes full time.

Find out more:

Ed James website – website

Ed James on Twitter – Facebook – GoodReads and Amazon



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