No One Will Hear – Joel Hames (Sam Williams Book 2)

I am delighted to be involved with the #blogtour for Joel Hames latest book NO ONE WILL HEAR, which is the sequel to the brilliant DEAD NORTH.

About the Book:  Four murders
Four messages
One chance to catch a killer.

Renowned human rights lawyer Elizabeth Maurier lies dead, her body mutilated, her killer unknown. For DI Olivia Martins and her team, it’s a mystery. For the victim’s daughter Lizzy, a poet and academic with a shaky grasp on reality, it’s a tragedy. But for Sam Williams, the man she fired a decade ago and hasn’t spoken to since, it’s a whole new world of pain.

Elizabeth’s death has stirred a sleeping past back to life. Former clients are darkening Sam’s door, old enemies returning, ancient cases reopening. It doesn’t help that DI Martins is on his case, the press are dogging his every step, and his girlfriend’s behaviour is increasingly erratic.

But Elizabeth’s murder is just the start. As Sam reluctantly digs his way back into the past, more truths will crumble into lies.

More certainties will shade to doubt.

And more innocent people will die.

My Review:  No One will Hear is the second book in the Sam Williams series and whilst it could be read as a standalone, I personally would recommend you read the first book Dead North to fully appreciate and understand the background and back stories of the main characters. (You can read my review of Dead North here)

No One Will Hear opens in the same fast paced, gripping approach as Dead North and this story is set a couple of weeks after the first book so the momentum and emotions are still quite raw.

Joel Hames has created a truly brilliant character in Sam Williams.  Still down on his luck, holding grudges and with a maverick attitude to authority, Sam finds himself bequeathed to write a memoir on his ex-boss with an ex-colleague he despises intensively and blames for his current lack of employment.  The fact that his ex-boss has been murdered in a truly gruesome way and the Detective Inspector in charge resents Sam’s involvement in her case adds an extra layer to the plot line.

I found myself racing through No One Will Hear, loving the dialogue, story-line and getting to know the characters in greater depth.  There are elements of humour and moments that make you laugh, but there are also moments that are sad and upsetting, especially when some of the characters you have grown to love are suffering (Note to self: It’s a book, they aren’t real people, get a grip!).

Another stonking good read and I look forward to reading more in this series.



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