Blog Tour: Deadline
Updated: Mar 6
Adam Ferranti was drinking away his waking hours, getting by in a regional newspaper in the North of England. An award-winning journalist, he moved to England to escape the media glare that followed his spectacular fall from grace at The Washington Post; only to be thrust back in it when a mysterious serial killer decides to make him his confidante. DS Stephanie Walker is a successful member of the West Yorkshire Police force. Whilst she is tough and results-driven at work, with a fearsome reputation on the streets, she hides the domestic abuse she suffers at home. She finds Ferranti exceptionally difficult to deal with, but he’s her only chance to stay close to what the elusive killer is planning next. Ferranti reluctantly complies with the Police, even though he is fighting his own personal demons, but when his best friend is murdered by the killer, it suddenly gets personal. And suddenly, no-one is quite who they seemed to be.
I read and reviewed this book as part of the #damppebblesblogtours all of the views expressed below are my own.
Geoff Major has written a fantastic thriller full of twists and turns. It kept me on my toes until the very end! And what an ending it was!
Deadline tells the story of a journalist who is contacted by an unknown person claiming to be responsible for a series of brutal murders that have happened recently. We follow the different teams in the UK who are working to solve this mystery and bring the murderer to justice.
I thought that Geoff Major created a lot of very interesting, multi-dimensional characters. There was more than meets the eye to a lot of the major players in the story. Major developed each of the main characters’ backgrounds in the right amount of depth – you feel like you know them, but you’re not overwhelmed with huge amounts of information and details about them. Ferranti and DS Walker are a great detective team – they certainly balance each other out and it was nice to see their friendship develop outside of “official police business” and support one another when they needed it. It's nice to see their human sides while they're caught up in some pretty unpleasant situations.
The author leaves small breadcrumbs throughout the story to give you the chance to try and figure out who the murderer is for yourself, but it's not an easy task. I love books where you try to figure out who the murderer is alongside the main characters, and I thought I almost had it – but there was a big twist at the end!
I really enjoyed this book. However, there are some fairly gruesome descriptions of the murder scenes, but they are short and not frequent, so easily avoided if you're squeamish. Overall, Major has created a vivid and interactive story full of red herrings and plot twists. Perfect if you're someone who likes to solve the mystery alongside the protagonist!
About Geoff Major:
A long time ago, Geoff Major had an idea for a story, whilst walking his girls to primary school. Two years ago, he decided he had the time and patience to try to write the story down. His wife was wholly supportive, so he turned from full-time to part-time for four months and now - 23 years after that idea first popped into his head - it has been published.
As a self-employed business consultant for 18 years and a fundraising adventurer for 10 years (including ski-trekking 50 miles, over 6 days and 6 nights, to the geographic North Pole), he now works for a debt charity whilst plotting his next three books.
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2UAjMok
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3kALBrp
Published in hardcover, paperback and digital formats by Grosvenor House Publishing on 1st September 2020