Thank you, so much Tom Batt for sending me a copy of Enemies
Closer for free in exchange for an honest review. Happy Publication Day Tom! Spoiler free
Just for a little context dear Reader Street Siren was 133
pages, and it was hard to put into words what Tom had done in that book. Street
Siren had me questioning my own morals, falling in love with the main character
and Tom told a full unpredictable story. While Enemies Closer is no different
once again I was rooting for the main three characters, questioning my own
morals, and thought about what I would do. This book is another short read with
slightly more pages at 97 pages (Kindle) or 166 pages (Paperback). The 39 pages
less has just melted my brain at how Tom can fit such an emotional twisty tale
into such a small space. Or the extra 29 pages pack more punches than Anthony
Joshua and it has more twists and turns than The Smiler.
There are three main characters in this book. The first is
DI Mike Palmer, who is run down and out of luck. This book manages to take in
to account of how taxing it can be being a police officer and the affect it can
have on a family.
The second is our book’s resident bad boy, Donovan. After a
previous prison stint, he wants to be a legitimate business man but he finds
himself being pulled back into the dark depth of his life of crime. Despite
being the books resident bad boy, Donovan is a family man and would do almost
anything for his wife, twin girls, and his young son.
Finally, we have DS Jade Edmonds who has a loving wife and
is happy to do real field work for the Met. Not long into the book Jade gets an
unofficial promotion to take over the case from Mike. Sadly, it doesn’t take
long before the consequence of being a police officer in charge of an
investigation take its toll on Jades relationship with her wife.
Each of these characters are well thought out, have
developed arcs and they are also stupidly human. One thing I used to worry
about with short books was how little I thought I would connect with the
character and how I thought they would be one dimensional. I am not ashamed to
say Tom has made me eat my own words not only once but twice.
The pacing is fast throughout this book it really does take
your hand and tell you to run. At no point did I feel lost while reading this
book I didn’t even have to reread any paragraphs to make sure I hadn’t missed
anything. At one point I thought I had this book all figured out and thought
watching all the true crime documentaries was going to pay off, oh no dear
Reader I was that far off once again I was chilling with Pluto.
Another brilliant book from Tom I really can’t wait to see
what he has up his sleeve.