Razor – Wilkie Martin

*I received a free ARC of this novel, with thanks to the author, Witcherley Books and NetGalley.  The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

Blurb: A mourning husband can’t live with his guilt…… he decides to die, not by his own hand, but in heroically helping the vulnerable.

Since the peaceful Cotswold countryside offers limited opportunities for heroism, despite the presence of some weird and dangerous inhabitants, he ventures further afield.
To his annoyance, new and unlikely friends mysteriously appear everywhere he goes, foiling his plans and sending him back to square one.

Will he succeed or will he come to terms with his grief first? Was his wife as blame free and perfect as he thought or will lurking suspicions of infidelity be proved right?

‘It was ironic that having nothing left to lose except his life, his life had become interesting again.’

If you like fantasy thrillers, you’ll love Razor by Wilkie Martin.

I adored this book!

One would expect a book that centres around a man attempting to commit suicide due to grief at the death of his wife would be a gloomy or tragic read, but Wilkie Martin has actually created an upbeat supernatural romp with plenty of humour.

I particularly enjoyed the side characters – from Kev and Miranda, to Rocky – as they brought the rather pathos-filled storyline into lighter relief and added pace and action. Ray/Razor is really the ‘everyman’ foil to this supernatural worldbuilding, as he bumbles from disaster to disaster, failing to achieve anything he intends, and especially failing to go out in a blaze of glory as a vigilante hero. He couldn’t be a more unlucky antihero… other than in his apparent ‘guardian angels’!

Honestly, this book had a bit of everything I enjoy; it is simultaneously funny, sad and mysterious, and begins with a slow burn that accelerates into faster-paced action as the plot really kicks in.

I already had Martin’s Unhuman (Inspector Hobbes) series on my wish list, but this book has bumped them to the top of my list!

He’d once been a stickler for structure in his life, but since Flit’s untimely death, almost everything had been beyond him. Helpless with grief and regret, all he’d been able to do was drag his body through one guilty day after another. This, he recognised, would be unlikely to present the right opportunities—he needed to work out how and where to put himself in harm’s way, though even then he suspected intervening in a crime would more likely result in a bloody nose than death. Most hoodlums, even violent ones, tended to stop short of murder. Yet, surely, if he was in the right places at the right times, the odds for a valorous ending would improve.

– Wilkie Martin, Razor

Find more from Wilkie Martin at his website here, or follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Goodreads.

Razor is available on Amazon right now.

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