The Weight of Shadows – Karl Holton

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*I received a free copy of this book, with thanks to the author.  The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*


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Blurb:  A gripping crime thriller mystery with twists from the beginning to end.

When you have spent your life in the shadows, what would you do at the dying of the light?

Three years ago the best murder detective in London is blamed for the death of his colleague and kicked out of the Met.
A man with secrets buried in the past and present returns to London, the city that started the mysterious career which made him a billionaire.
The two need each other.
But they have no idea how much.



This crime thriller packs a whole load of plot and characters into its pages!

There are multiple distinct criminal empires, whose motives and goals diverge and overlap at different points, lined up against multiple enforcement agencies from the police, to MI5, plus some enthusiastic outliers (you can’t really call them amateurs!).

There are jewel heists, murders, money-laundering, executions, abductions and explosions across the course of the few days that the main plot spans.  The storylines are complex and at times it was hard to keep the different threads distinct and tie them together into anything resembling a solution to the case.

Luckily it is not left in my hands, but the competent and professional ones of Benedict, Paddy and Pip, amongst others.  They piece together the jigsaw (and in some cases the body parts) in a race to solve the surface crimes and deeper, hidden mysteries before either the killer/s or their benefactor’s health catches up with them all.

There are some pretty gruesome moments during the course of the investigations, so I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone of a sensitive disposition, but for those who enjoy a gritty, intricate, organised-crime mystery thriller, this should tick all of your boxes!  I will just warn you that the ending doesn’t tie everything up with a pretty ribbon… there are questions still outstanding and work still to be done.  After all, this is only the first book in the series!



   “How did you do it?” she asked.
He twitched i the bindings.  “Do what?”
“Catch me.”
Benedict wondered if he should scream given he was not gagged.  If it is the day no one is around to hear, he told himself.  No one is coming here and she can kill me in seconds, ranted his inner demon.
“Tell me.”
Benedict considered his answer.  Don’t say too much.  “It was the painting.”
She clapped softly for a few seconds.  “That is very good, Danny.  How many have you found?”
He felt his glued eyebrows try to move, knowing he had to watch what he said given they had only found one.  “We found the painting you left at the third victim’s house.”
“Now that was not mentioned in the press.  That is a bit sneaky,” she said, before laughing.  “Come on, tell me.  Did you like my painting?”
“You mean apart from the fact that you had used the skin from the first victim as your canvas?”

 – Karl Holton, The Weight of Shadows


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Find more from Karl Holton at his website here, or follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

The Weight of Shadows is available on Amazon right now!



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