When a young woman makes a distressing middle-of-the-night call to 911, apparently running for her life in a quiet, exclusive beachside neighbourhood, miles from her home, everything suggests a domestic incident.
Except no one has seen her since, and something doesn’t sit right with the officers at Hampstead County PD. With multiple suspects and witnesses throwing up startling inconsistencies, and interference from the top threatening the integrity of the investigation, lead detective Casey Wray is thrust into an increasingly puzzling case that looks like it can have only one ending.
And then the first body appears, and Casey’s investigation plunges her into a darkness she could never have imagined…
Black Reed Bay introduces a breathtaking, powerful and addictive new series, fronted by the fantastic Detective Casey Wray, from the CWA-nominated author of Blood Red City and The Dark Inside.
Just amazing! I read so many crime thrillers that it takes something really special to earn five stars and this is it. I just couldn’t stop reading – shame I had to go to work!
As I said, there are so many crime books out there that it must be almost impossible to come up with something original. The format of Black Reed Bay is well-known – female police officer ie Detective Casey Wray, buddy and partner Dave Cullen, boss Lt Ray Carletti is her mentor and his boss Robbie McTeague is a twat. Then there’s a missing girl, a dodgy lover, dodgy boyfriend, even dodgier brother and alcoholic mum. And then the first body is discovered.
But don’t let any of that fool you. The format may be familiar but the intricate plot is quite different. This book has so many twists and is so fast paced and exciting that you won’t be able to put it down. And the location of the crimes is creepy and scary and let’s just say that you wouldn’t want to get lost there in the dark at 4 o’clock in the morning.
Black Reed Bay literally piles on the sub-stories, the intrigue and the evidence and then all of a sudden you know you’ve got it all wrong and you have to start again. How are they connected? Who is good and who is bad? Casey thinks she knows but even she can get it wrong. And put herself in danger.
This is one of the best crime thrillers out there and I take my metaphorical hat off to the author for coming up with something totally new.
Many thanks to @annecater for inviting me to be part of #RandomThingsTours
About the Author
Rod Reynolds is the author of five novels, including the Charlie Yates series. His 2015 debut, The Dark Inside, was longlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger, and was followed by Black Night Falling (2016) and Cold Desert Sky (2018); the Guardian has called the books ‘pitch-perfect American noir ’.
A lifelong Londoner, Rod’s first novel set in his hometown, entitled Blood Red City, was published by Orenda Books in 2020. Black Reed Day is his fifth novel.
Rod previously worked in advertising as a media buyer, and holds an MA in novel writing from City University London. He lives with his wife and family and spends most of his time trying to keep up with his two young daughters.
Follow him on Twitter @Rod_WR.