How far would you go for those you love?
When Valentina López Vázquez vanishes from her home one morning, it’s obvious that she was taken by force. What happened to her next is not so obvious.
The disappearance forces two men on a gruelling search for the truth: Barry Wall, Valentina’s frantic husband, and Joe Byrne, the nihilistic detective in charge of the investigation.
They are locked on a devastating course that will take them to places darker than they ever dreamt – places without limits…
I don’t think I have ever read a psychological thriller with so many twists and turns. It made my head spin. Just when you think you know what happened, there is another twist and then another and another. I never guessed who took Valentina or why.
There are also a number of other stories going on and the loose ends are all tied up very nicely thank you. Then there was a final twist which told me that we are going to see Joe Byrne again in another story. At least I hope we are.
The characters are all richly drawn. Everyone has a plausible back story. Joe has returned to work as a detective in Dublin, unwillingly, as that is where his ex-girlfriend Lisa from 17 years ago lives and she has a son, Christopher. Joe’s son. Except he didn’t know at the time and Lisa never wanted to see him again. Christopher plays the violin and is a good, quiet boy – a target for the school bully John Kavanagh.
Joe is a maverick cop who does things his way. Most people like him, but not so detective Kevin Boyle with whom he has already fallen out. But then we can see straight away that Kevin is a bit of a twat. His only redeeming feature is that he has an ageing Golden Retriever called Babe. I’m sure the name Babe is an homage to someone or somedog – I must try and find out.
Having read other books by Alan Gorevan, I was sure there would be a tiny bit of dark humour in there somewhere. Maybe I found it where it shouldn’t exist or maybe it’s just my dark imagination. I think I may have upset another author last year by suggesting the same thing and I don’t think he was amused. The horror was deadly serious.
The title of the book The Kindness of Psychopaths seems like a strange choice at first, especially as there are quite a few psychopaths in this story, but none of them are very kind. It will all become clear though by the end.
The Kindness of Psychopaths is fantastic. I enjoyed every gruesome, violent, grisly moment. From the fingers planted like mushrooms in the garden to…….that’s all I’m going to reveal. You’ll have to read it yourself. Just make sure you lock the doors and windows and keep the light on.
Many thanks to @damppebbles for inviting me to be part of #damppebblesblogtours
About The Author
Alan Gorevan is an award-winning thriller writer and intellectual property attorney. He lives in Dublin.