Book Review: One Last Prayer for the Rays by @MarkinWes @Rararesources #Review

Book Review: One Last Prayer for the Rays by @MarkinWes @Rararesources #Review

One Last Prayer for the Rays

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One Last Prayer for the Rays

DCI 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 changes him forever?

One Last Prayer for the Rays introducing DCI Michael Yorke.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this novel but at times found it very slow at getting to the point.

For most of this novel we are reading the story through DCI Yorke’s his point of view. I liked that how the disappearance of Paul Ray had a knock-on effect to the whole community, not just those involved.

Generations of the Ray family have gone on to commit crimes in some way or another. In the novel the author seemingly tries to answer the question of is evil produced through nature or nurture.

This story shows how what has happened in the past and family history can affect those members of family who are still alive today.

This family has had such a big effect on the community that one of the officer’s has history with one of the suspects who comes back to haunt him and attempts to break up his fragile marriage that is seemingly on the rocks.

I kinda of felt that the guilty party, let themselves down at the last minute. Having planned the kidnapping and putting everything else into place they failed to prepare adequately for the show down with Lacey.

Can our main character DCI Yorke keep everything together and a grip on his young DC and stop him doing anything stupid?

This book was enjoyable and a fast paced read with hint of Thomas Harris “Hannibal” (the film) added into the mix.

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Wes Markin is a hyperactive English teacher, who loves writing crime fiction with a twist of the macabre.
​Having released One Last Prayer for the Rays he is now working on the second instalment of DCI Michael Yorke’s wild ride, The Repenting Serpent. He is also the author of Defined, a prequel to his DCI Yorke novels, which takes the reader back to his blood-soaked university days.​​

​Born in 1978, Wes grew up in Manchester, UK. After graduating from Leeds University, he spent fifteen years as a teacher of English, and has taught in Thailand, Malaysia and China. Now as a teacher, writer, husband and father, he is currently living in Harrogate, UK.​

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