The Hope That Kills by Ed James

DI Fenchurch #1

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.


I enjoyed this book. The cover is certainly eye-catching and would have me picking it off the shelf. The synopsis confirmed it would be my type of book.

The plot was exciting and it was an enjoyable read. However, I feel the author became too involved in details and I felt this slowed the pace of the book.

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


  • AUTHOR: Ed James
  • TITLE: The Hope That Kills
  • SERIES: DI Fenchurch #1
  • PUBLISHER: Thomas & Mercer
  • PUB DATE: 1 September 2016
  • LENGTH: 366 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781503936553


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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 and on Twitter – Facebook – GoodReads and Amazon



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