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Hysteria: An Alexander Gregory Thriller (The Alexander Gregory Thrillers Book 2)

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How much the story reflects what really happens behind the scenes in the fashion world I don't want to guess. I have long been a fan of another series by this author concerning DCI Ryan and his team of police detectives, set in the north of England.

There is a thread which feeds through the story that kept me completely intrigued, wondering how it tied in with what was happening.Needless to say it did, with the author using her skill to pull all loose ends together in a very satisfying way. The author LJ Ross’ work is synonymous with Northumberland and Tyneside, where she sets her DCI Ryan mysteries.

What I love about this series is that it takes us beyond the normal everyday process of a police investigation and allows us more of a glimpse into the minds of both the victim and the perpetrator. Someone in this story makes a good go of it, but you’ll need to read the book to see if they succeed. Gregory's internal conflicts and interpersonal relationship challenges directly influenced the storyline, especially how they linked back to Book 1. Comely Camille has been left without speech and he must determine whether she can’t or whether she won’t speak. After an elite criminal profiling unit is shut down amidst a storm of scandal and mismanagement, only one person emerges unscathed.Back in London after a dramatic trip to North America, Doctor Alexander Gregory finds himself without an occupation while he awaits the all-important decision of the disciplinary panel at Southmoor Hospital. I thought I knew what had happened and why as that is where the story was leading you to but nope, I was completely wrong. It is clear that the author knows the area well, but maybe too well as I couldn't really conjure a vivid picture of the setting in my mind. I dont know if it made it worse but I had my strong suspicions about the 'baddie' for a while even before the final report was received. With Gregory being a clinical psychologist, his focus is every bit as much about the ongoing impacts of the event as it is simply finding out who is responsible.

Don’t get me wrong – I love Ryan and co and want to keep seeing them too, but Gregory is slowing worming his way into my heart and it is a series that has a lot to offer. Too many French named characters to remember and I got to a stage were I couldn't remember who was who (could be down to my age though). Murder and mystery are peppered with dark humour in this fast-paced thriller set amidst the spectacular Catskill Forest. Although there’s a barrier around his emotions, he is opening himself up a little more and showing his vulnerability.Because I had agreed to read the book without reading the blurb (yes, I trust Louise this much) I had no idea I was embarking for a trip to my home country. Murder and mystery are peppered with dark humour in this fast-paced thriller set amidst the spectacular Irish landscape. This service is entirely free, and your details will never be shared with any third parties whatsoever. Camille hasn’t spoken since she was attacked, which means the police are unable to get a handle on her attacker or understand the motive.

There is quite a lot of French woven into the narrative, which has been included presumably to give the story a fulsome flavour of France and lend authenticity to location. After the big revelations about his past in book one, you'd think there was little left to learn about him as a person, and yet LJ Ross still manages to drip feed new tidbits into the story all along the way, and the more I know, the more I warm to him and understand what drives who, and how, he is.While I found it nice to have closure on these plot points, it didn’t feel as nice to have them play out so abruptly. Not that it bothered me too much, as I was more interested in the storyline than the Parisian sights. With the police struggling to understand a motive, or to obtain any information about the victim, and turn to Gregory for his help in breaking through the wall of silence. Maybe the author thought that everyone has a basic understanding of French, but I don't and pausing to use Google translate every couple of pages ruined it for me slightly. This series is rendered even more captivating as results of previous events and how they affect Dr Gregory spice up the stories.

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