Book Review: The Hope That Kills (A DI Fenchurch Novel Book 1) by Ed James

hope that kills

Back in the realm of police procedurals; in the heart of East London and I couldn’t be happier…

Book Description:

The body of a young woman is found on the streets of East London, in the shadow of the City’s gleaming towers. No ID on her, just hard-earned cash. But there is no doubting the ferocity of the attack.

DI Simon Fenchurch takes charge but, as his team tries to identify her and piece together her murder, they’re faced with cruel indifference at every turn—nobody cares about yet another dead prostitute. To Fenchurch, however, she could just as easily be Chloe, his daughter still missing after ten years, whose memory still haunts his days and nights, his burning obsession having killed his marriage.

When a second body is discovered, Fenchurch must peel back the grimy layers shrouding the London sex trade, confronting his own traumatic past while racing to undo a scheme larger, more complex and more evil than anything he could possibly have imagined.

My Thoughts:

This book introduces us to DI Simon Fenchurch, we follow him around the streets of East London as he delves deeper into the criminal underworld to crack the case. In this first book we learn a bit about Fenchurch’s backstory, which I really like as you feel like you’re getting to know him and it makes sense why he (re)acts the way he does in certain situations. He is a very likeable guy, who is still troubled by the unsolved case of his missing daughter. It’s always an added bonus when you are not only invested in the story but also invested in the main character, this certifies that I will be picking up book 2. My only niggle with DI Fenchurch was this ‘drumming’ noise he heard in his head every time he felt worried/anxious, I felt it was unnecessary to keep mentioning it so often as it added nothing to the story.

I felt no connection to DI Fenchurch’s colleagues, I finished this book a few days before writing this review and I can’t really remember anything of importance about them to mention. However, the case itself was a shockingly brutal one, some may argue implausible, but unfortunately, it’s a very real one and these abhorrent things do occur. It was interesting to see how Fenchurch handled the case; I was constantly worried that his personal life (his missing daughter) would cause him to overstep the mark professionally and he would end up being a hindrance, putting more people in danger.

This story wasn’t as thrilling as some other police procedurals (eg. the DCI Erika Foster series by Robert Bryndza) however, it does take you into the nitty gritty criminal underworld of East London; gripping in a raw, hard-hitting way! The more I read, the more I enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to reading book 2.

This book is available to buy now from:Amazon UK or Book Depository

8 thoughts on “Book Review: The Hope That Kills (A DI Fenchurch Novel Book 1) by Ed James

  1. Hi there, glad you enjoyed the book. The restricted supporting cast was a conscious decision as my other books have been swimming in them and all the interplay. There are bigger supporting roles in the two sequels, hope you dig them.



    1. Hi Ed, thanks for commenting, I did think that may have been a conscious choice as Simon and the case itself was enough to keep me entertained. I managed to grab a copy of the sequel from Netgalley and I’m looking forward to reading it!

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