Cast Iron by Peter May

Review published on September 17, 2017.

Peter May returns with another classic Enzo Macleod thriller that has more twists and turns than your average game of twister, and you will not even see a few of them coming. Once again, Peter May’s prose paints beautiful pictures, his knowledge and research is second to none and he knows how to draw in the reader and keep them all the way to the last sentence.

In 1989, a killer dumps the body of Lucie Martin into a lake in a picturesque area of western France. Fourteen years later that body is revealed and in 2012 the case remains unsolved. In 2012 Enzo is well on to his way to winning his bet of solving the cases in the Raffin’s book of unsolved murders, but the murder of Lucie Martin seems to have him stumped.

Enzo, a professor of forensics in France, has a well-earned reputation for solving the unsolvable cases, but finds a flaw in the original investigation. Little does he realise that he is about to open a Pandora’s box of hell on his family,endangering the lives of his daughters. It is his knowledge and belief that the Bordeaux Six and the murder of three prostitutes have been ascribed to the convicted killer Regis Blanc.

When he manages to track down Blanc, he becomes convinced that Blanc loved Lucie and that he is not connected to the murders he was convicted of. He knows there is a key that he is missing to solve the mystery and he cannot see it, but he knows that he eventually will. What he does not realise is the cost to those close to him.

Peter May is a master story teller. He knows how to draw the reader in and keep them entertained all the way through the book, and in this case trying to see if you can work out who the culprit is before the reveal. When you get the twist or turn, you do not see it coming; it is like being on a rollercoaster in the dark when you cannot see what is coming up in front of you, and you certainly get the ride of your life.

A fantastic thriller – read it, love it.

Paul Diggett 5/5

Cast Iron by Peter May
riverrun 9781782062318 pbk Jul 2017

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