About the Book
How do you identify a ruthless killer when you can’t even recognise your own face in a mirror?
Returning to work following an accident, Detective Inspector Ray Patrick refuses to disclose he now lives with face blindness – an inability to recognise faces.
As Ray deceives his team he is pulled into a police operation that targets an international trade in human organs. And when he attempts to bring the organisation down, Ray is witness to a savage murder.
But it’s a killer he will never remember.
The pressure mounts as Ray attempts to keep his secret and solve the case alone. With only his ex-wife as a confidant he feels progressively isolated.
Can he escape with his career and his life intact?
Dead Blind opens with DI Ray Patrick and his colleague Elaine pelting along the rain-lashed roads of Stoke Newington, on the tail of a vicious killer responsible for taking the lives of multiple young women. He slipped through their fingers before but now they will capture and arrest him. Ray and Elaine are determined to end it today. But unbeknownst to them, it will end in disaster. It will end in a collision that will have far-reaching consequences for both of them.
Now six months and a tricky recovery later, Ray is back at work. His bones have healed. His life mended. Everything is just as it should be. But that is only to the eyes of the casual observer. The collision that day robbed him of something even more important than six months work. He now suffers with a condition called prosopagnosia , in layman’s terms, face blindness, which renders him unable to recognise anyone. His children, his partner, his team all wear the faces of strangers. The only way he can determine who they are is by using identifiers: a scar, an accent, a perfume, a tone of voice. When Ray is thrown in at the deep end of a particularly gruesome case of organ trafficking, he must keep his condition quiet and deceive his friends and team to put a stop to it because if not he might be forced to medically retire. But after Ray comes face to face with the leader of the organisation, how will he ever be able to recognise him again? How can he risk his work and his life? But then how can he not? And more importantly how can he protect his family from the threat that looms over them?
Before reading Dead Blind, I had no idea a condition such as prosopagnosia even existed. So it was a surprise when I came across it for the first time in the blurb for this book. What a fantastic hook!! Rebecca Bradley has incorporated it into her story beautifully and seamlessly blends both the action with the emotion. DI Ray Patrick’s struggle to find the killer and leader of the organisation was one fraught with many challenges as you can imagine, each one bringing the reader further and further into this compelling, gripping story and inching Ray further and further into their hearts.
I was SO excited when Rebecca Bradley invited me to read and review her up and coming novel. Even more so when I read its gripping blurb. I’d just like to shout a massive thank you to her for allowing me to read!! Dead Blind is a fantastic new standalone! Perfect for her loyal fans and for readers itching to discover something new and unique!
Fast-paced. Compelling. Electrifying.
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About Rebecca Bradley
Rebecca Bradley is a retired police detective. She lives in the UK with her family and her two cockapoo’s Alfie and Lola, who keep her company while she writes. Rebecca needs to drink copious amounts of tea to function throughout the day and if she could, she would survive on a diet of tea and cake while committing murder on a regular basis, in her writing of course.
She writes the DI Hannah Robbins police procedural series and has also released a standalone novel, Dead Blind, about a cop who acquires prosopagnosia, also known as face blindness.
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