disclosure: we were sent the item mentioned for the purpose of review
Today I’m taking part in a blog tour to promote the newly released The Patient by Tim Sullivan which forms the third part of the DS Cross series of detective thrillers. I was a little concerned that I might struggle with this book, based on the fact that I hadn’t read the first two books in the series, but The Patient stands up well as a stand-alone novel, but has left me wanting to read the rest of the series!
In The Patient, set in Bristol, we meet DS George Cross, who is known across the force for having the best crime conversion rate, but who has a tendency to rub his colleagues up the wrong way. He’s a bit of an outsider. He has been diagnosed with Autism spectrum disorder and his logical. if somewhat abrupt working methods, get results.
When he comes across a rain-sodden Sandra Wilson who is insistent that her daughter, Flick, has been murdered even though the coroner has ruled her death as a suicide, something about the case doesn’t ring true for him. Cross decides to defy his bosses and the original detective and re-open the case. He doesn’t believe that a young mother, who has been sober and not used drugs for over two years, would have killed herself whilst her daughter was in the next room. But can he prove it, and quickly?
Even though DS Cross is a rather awkward individual, you can’t help but warm to his character and his unswerving search for the truth, whatever that might be. I was totally enthralled with the story and enjoyed the various twists and turns in the plot as he searched to uncover who Flick’s killer was.
The Patient really is a good read and one I can thoroughly recommend. You can see what other’s thought of this book at The Politician by following the blog tour – details are below: