Sirens, Joseph Knox

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Sirens, Joseph Knox
Author: Joseph Knox
Publisher: Doubleday
Pages: 384
Format: DRC
ISBN-10: 085752433X
ISBN-13: 9780857524331
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Publisher: eBook | Hardcover | Audiobook

3 stars

Aidan Waits, a disgraced young detective caught stealing drugs from evidence and subsequently blackmailed into going undercover. When an MP's daughter runs away from home, Waits is sent to track her down and finds himself at the centre of a maelstrom of drugs, blackmail and deception.
The book opens in the middle of all the excitement. Though that does pulls you in immediately it does make it more difficult to get a grip on the story not really knowing who is who and why people are doing things.
Aidan is a very troubled character and I often had trouble following his train of thoughts. Not understanding why he made decisions. That made it very difficult for me to connect to him. There are a lot of people but only a few that are important to the story. All characters clearly belong to a group making it easy keeping them apart. The most disturbing about the characters was the fact that all the police men in the story seem to be corrupt which is not really good for your trust in the force.
The atmosphere of the book is very dark and gritty filled with sex, drugs and a lot of violence. Some of the scenes are described very graphic which can make this an uncomfortable read.
The story itself is a bit messy. There is the girl that ran away from home, there is a drugs lord, there are murders and a lot of corrupt cops that all seem to chase one another. That last thing is presented as something important but got lost in the story to become something big again at the end. There is one puzzle in the book that has to do with the girl but it is really difficult to try and solve it. There are so many things happening that clues get lost. There is a lot of action and as a reader I did need answers to situations that were introduced at the start of the book which makes this book a real page turner.

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