Today I am thrilled to be sharing my review on its publication day for Deadly Betrayal by OMJ Ryan, published by Inkubator Books.
Deadly Betrayal by OMJ Ryan
Detective Jane Phillips Series Book 4
Release Date: 22nd of November 2020
Print Length: 270 pages
Genre: Crime Thriller
Publisher: Inkubator Books
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She knew too much. She had to die.
Victoria Carpenter, a high-ranking government official, is found hanging in her garage – an apparent suicide.
But her husband has another theory – he is convinced she was murdered.
And when the post-mortem results confirm foul play, DCI Jane Phillips and her Major Crimes team find themselves on the hunt for her killer.
As Phillips begins to dig, she realises there are powerful and wealthy people who may have wanted Victoria dead. People who are willing to do whatever it takes to stop her investigation.
In a terrifying case that takes her to the other side of the world and back, Phillips puts her own life on the line as she battles local power-brokers and Hong Kong’s murderous Triads.
Facing corruption and treachery at every turn, can Phillips catch Carpenter’s killer before he disappears forever? Or will she herself fall victim to a deadly betrayal?
I absolutely love this series and Deadly Betrayal is another outstanding addition to it. This can easily be read as a stand-alone, but at the risk of sounding like yet another broken record, I don’t recommend you starting with this one as you would be missing out on reading the other amazing books in the series.
Deadly Betrayal is a gripping read that opens with a chilling first chapter and sets up the tone for the rest of the story perfectly. From there it moves at breakneck speed and had me furiously flicking the pages on my Kindle, resulting in me reading this in one sitting. I just could not get enough of it!
For DCI Jane Phillips latest case, we see her and the team investigating the death of Victoria Carpenter, a government official, in what looks to be a suicide. But as Jane and the team dig deeper, it becomes apparent quite quickly that this is not a suicide at all and what is uncovered opens up one big giant can of worms of corruption and treachery, that has Jane and her team risking their lives to take down the killer, before they strike again.
As with the series, Jane Phillips just keeps getting better and better. She is such a strong character and OMJ Ryan has really nurtured her throughout the series. She is believable, you can resonate with her and she is just brought to life so well. Jonesy, Bovalino and Entwistle are also back and I love the dynamics between them and Jane. They all just work so well together. I also liked how we see a more vulnerable side to Jonesy this time around.
As always, OMJ Ryan brings everything together through writing that is sharp and narrative that is strong. What I also love about his work, is that the chapters are short and each end with you wanting more! There are no unnecessary filler chapters or overly done descriptions, making for a fast pace read.
Deadly Betrayal has it all. An interesting storyline, great characters, plenty of action to keep you on the edge of your seat and a satisfying outcome that wraps everything up nicely. As I mentioned, I just could not get enough of it and I am ready for the next instalment! Get cracking on that Mr Ryan! It was a pleasure to read and review Deadly Betrayal which I can not recommend highly enough!
Thank you to OMJ Ryan, Inkubator Books and Booksprout for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Deadly Betrayal, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know OMJ Ryan
Hailing from Yorkshire, OMJ Ryan worked in radio and entertainment for over twenty years, collaborating with household names and accumulating a host of international writing and radio awards.
In 2018 he followed his passion to become a full-time novelist, writing stories for people who devour exciting, fast-paced thrillers by the pool, on their commute – or those rare moments of downtime before bed. Owen’s mission is to entertain from the first page to the last. DEADLY WATERS will be his third novel published with Inkubator Books.
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