One Last Prayer for the Rays

One Last Prayer for the Rays
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, Book # 1
January 29th 2019
March 23, 2019 April 14, 2019

School should be the safest place in the world. Not this winter.

Detective Michael Yorke faces his most harrowing case yet.

When 12-year-old Paul disappears from school, Yorke’s only clue is a pool of animal blood. Fearing the worst, he turns toward the most obvious suspect, recently released local murderer, Thomas Ray.

But as the snow in Salisbury worsens, Ray’s mutilated body is discovered, and Yorke is left with no choice but to journey into the sinister heart of a demented family that has plagued the community for generations. Can he save the boy? Or will the evil he discovers change him forever?

The shocking and exhilarating new crime thriller will have you turning the pages late into the night.

About the book

I would like to thank NetGalley and the author for my ARC in exchange for an honest review. Obviously I read it in English.

Twelve-year-old Paul disappears from the school, a place that should be safe for students. Only clue, a pool of blood and a writing on the wall. But the blood doesn’t belong to Paul, nor is it human but animal. Paul’s only fault? to be a Ray. And the Ray family has a history of violence, murder and madness.

In fact one of his relatives, Thomas Ray, killed a nurse, wife of ex- policeman Harry because he thought the aliens had come to get him. But his body is found hanged and mutilated and therefore it could not have been him. What lies behind this family? What other secrets can they have?

The book turned out to be a bit slow even though the chapters are divided into paragraphs and therefore it is easy to stop when reading a chapter.

The case is interesting and so the characters involved, even if I didn’t get passionate about any of them, especially the protagonist, usually in a series I want to know everything about the detective, but I didn’t feel any spark here. I was more interested in the character of Lacey Ray, I think she’s a well-thought character and I hope to find her in the next books.

I like the author’s style and if it wasn’t for the slowness of the narration I would have given at least one more star. I don’t find this book as “chilling” as I read in some reviews, indeed I find it quite normal. For me, chilling means torture, blood everywhere, psychological games and I honestly don’t see them here. Perhaps because it is a boy, some people find it chilling and I agree that any crime against boys or children is more serious, but I don’t see that atrocious component that could exist. Especially since we don’t see Thomas Ray’s murder or the other one that I can’t tell you about. Maybe I’m the one who’s used to something else. But don’t get me wrong, it is still an enjoyable reading.

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