By S. Willams
Published by Harper Collins UK (9 March 2015)
You’ve never met anyone like Tuesday. She
has suffered extreme cruelty at the hands of men, and so has taken it upon
herself to seek vengeance. She wants to protect and help others like her, to
ease their suffering. A force to be reckoned with, she lives beneath the
streets of London in the hidden network of forgotten tunnels that honeycomb the
city – and this is her preferred hunting ground.
When Tuesday is connected to a series of
brutal attacks on gang members, DI Loss takes on the investigation. A
burned-out detective still suffering the devastating effects of the unsolved
murder of his daughter three years earlier, the case starts to hit close to
home. Because soon Loss will discover that Tuesday could hold the key to
uncovering the truth about what happened to his daughter…
Tuesday Falling is dark, intriguing and highly addictive. It's very different to other thrillers that I have read recently and is one that I won't easily forget.
The first few short chapters hooked me in straight away - a graphic narrative about a violent attack on a group of boys on a London tube train. Not only do you read this from the perspective of the perpetrator herself, but also from the point of view of DI Loss, who is investigating the case. From this moment onwards, I was completely engrossed, unable to put the book down.
Tuesday is a young woman with a mysterious identity. She is obsessed with revenge killings, targeting the 'bad guys'. There have been many comparisons with Larsson's Lisbeth Salander, due to her dress sense and IT skills. But Tuesday is a much more complex and damaged character, making her far more dangerous too.
I don't want to give the story away. So all I can say is that as the bodies mount up, and the case becomes more complex, DI Loss becomes increasingly troubled. Who is Tuesday? And why is she doing this?
While reading Tuesday Falling, I couldn't help but 'google' some of the landmarks and streets mentioned, such as Seething Lane (one of very few streets that survived the Great Fire of London). I particularly loved reading about secret underground London - the ghostly winding passages, disused bunkers and forgotten stations. I will now be searching for a book on this fascinating topic.
This is a brilliant thriller that will appeal to anyone with a dark, quirky sense of humour. It made me laugh, cry and grimace all the way through. It's very easy to read, with short chapters, and the story just keeps on flowing. I hope there's another Tuesday book on the way.
I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.