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It's been five months since a killer walked free and DCI Ryan is preparing to leave Newcastle to hunt him down - this time, for good. But Ryan's plans are scuppered when events take a dramatic turn and he is forced to stay and face his past one last time, or watch a friend suffer the consequences. Amid the chaos, another killer is preparing to strike. When the Tyne Bridg It's been five months since a killer walked free and DCI Ryan is preparing to leave Newcastle to hunt him down - this time, for good. But Ryan's plans are scuppered when events take a dramatic turn and he is forced to stay and face his past one last time, or watch a friend suffer the consequences. Amid the chaos, another killer is preparing to strike. When the Tyne Bridge explodes, Ryan's team are faced with a frantic race to uncover a deadly foe who won't stop until every bridge is burned, along with everybody on it... Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.


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It's been five months since a killer walked free and DCI Ryan is preparing to leave Newcastle to hunt him down - this time, for good. But Ryan's plans are scuppered when events take a dramatic turn and he is forced to stay and face his past one last time, or watch a friend suffer the consequences. Amid the chaos, another killer is preparing to strike. When the Tyne Bridg It's been five months since a killer walked free and DCI Ryan is preparing to leave Newcastle to hunt him down - this time, for good. But Ryan's plans are scuppered when events take a dramatic turn and he is forced to stay and face his past one last time, or watch a friend suffer the consequences. Amid the chaos, another killer is preparing to strike. When the Tyne Bridge explodes, Ryan's team are faced with a frantic race to uncover a deadly foe who won't stop until every bridge is burned, along with everybody on it... Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.

30 review for Seven Bridges

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kylie D

    The latest installment of the DCI Ryan series sees Ryan faced with a madman who is blowing up bridges in the city of Newcastle. As the public react with mayhem to the terrorist threats Ryan and his team race against the clock to chase down the culprit who calls himself The Alchemist. In a side plot one of the team members has found himself compromised in a murder (slight spoiler, though it is introduced in the first chapter). In all it was an easy to read book, but some parts of it seemed rushed The latest installment of the DCI Ryan series sees Ryan faced with a madman who is blowing up bridges in the city of Newcastle. As the public react with mayhem to the terrorist threats Ryan and his team race against the clock to chase down the culprit who calls himself The Alchemist. In a side plot one of the team members has found himself compromised in a murder (slight spoiler, though it is introduced in the first chapter). In all it was an easy to read book, but some parts of it seemed rushed, and could have been fleshed out a lot more, especially with the murder investigation. It seems that the author had introduced a situation in the previous books in the series and didn't know what direction to take with it, so just eliminated it all together and it was all just glossed over. All in all though, this was still a very enjoyable book, and it left hints as to where Ryan is heading in the future. Well worth the read if you like the series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This is going to be a hard review to write as I really don't want to give any spoilers away. Stories don't get more shocking than the beginning of this book. When you've read it, you will know what I mean. I had very mixed emotions about the incident in question and I couldn't get those pages turned quick enough to see how Ryan was going to resolve it. Not only is Ryan faced with trying to help out a friend he is also working a very dangerous case to do with bomb threats. Due to the possible threa This is going to be a hard review to write as I really don't want to give any spoilers away. Stories don't get more shocking than the beginning of this book. When you've read it, you will know what I mean. I had very mixed emotions about the incident in question and I couldn't get those pages turned quick enough to see how Ryan was going to resolve it. Not only is Ryan faced with trying to help out a friend he is also working a very dangerous case to do with bomb threats. Due to the possible threat of innocents being killed, this really is a matter of urgency of which you can feel it throughout the story.  There really is a mixture of everything going off in this book. It is also one very much about different relationships which in part makes for some emotional reading.  Seven Bridges is an extremely tense, page turner of a read. With a story that hits the ground running, it really does make for an unputdownable read that is guaranteed to be a huge hit with fans of the series. The author certainly does not disappoint and leaves the readers desperate for more. Another brilliant read. My thanks to the author for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kate~Bibliophile Book Club

    Having read and loved all the previous books in this series, I was thrilled to be able to read Seven Bridges. To be honest, I had been dying to read it as soon as I finished Dark Skies because LJ Ross left us all wanting to know what was going to happen. In Seven Bridges, we are back with DCI Ryan, Anna and the team as they try to move on with their lives followiNg events in the previous books. Seven Bridges opens with a rather shocking storyline, which I’m not going to go into detail about becau Having read and loved all the previous books in this series, I was thrilled to be able to read Seven Bridges. To be honest, I had been dying to read it as soon as I finished Dark Skies because LJ Ross left us all wanting to know what was going to happen. In Seven Bridges, we are back with DCI Ryan, Anna and the team as they try to move on with their lives followiNg events in the previous books. Seven Bridges opens with a rather shocking storyline, which I’m not going to go into detail about because of spoilers, but I will say I was NOT expecting it and had to pick my jaw up off the floor. As well as this, DCI Ryan and his team receive a message from someone threatening to blow up the Tyne Bridge. As they begin a race against time to try and solve the clues, the story moves at breakneck speed. This pacing means that the reader will find it almost impossible to stop reading! I absolutely raced through Seven Bridges, reading the whole thing in one day. I genuinely couldn’t put it down. LJ Ross has an excellent knack for writing characters that you care about, becoming completely invested in their lives, and Seven Bridges is no different. I read with trepidation at times for fear of what I might read. This series is so brilliantly-written. It has an engaging cast of characters and never feels stale. With each new book, LJ Ross injects even more life into the team, and the stories are always captivating. It is not a stretch to say this is one of my favourite series out there at the moment, and they get better with every installment. Seven Bridges is a clever thriller, packed with a cast of characters that welcome you like old friends and an utterly gripping plot. I defy you not to love it! (And probably develop a crush on DCI Ryan, if you haven’t already!) 🙂 Highly recommended!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alan Cotterell

    Brilliant Having loved all the previous books, I was really looking forward to catching up with DCI Ryan and his team. I was not disappointed, this helps us to understand the reason for the anxiety Ryan was under in the previous book. This book deals with a couple of cases, 1 affecting a former member of his team and another where someone is threatening to blow up the iconic bridges. The two entwine very well, and end with eñtrique. Book 9 why not.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hans

    And yet again a great addition to this series. DCI Ryan and Anna are a real treat. As are Frank, Denise Jack and Melanie. Fast-paced and again with a cliffhanger at the very end.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Susan Hunter

    I couldn't wait to return from holiday to read this book! Seven Bridges is book 8 in the series which is still as fresh and exciting as the first book. An agonising wait after reading Dark Skies for the decision on DCI Ryan's future and for me, the fate of Jack Lowerson. What a mixed bag of emotions were unfurled. The sensational plot evolves around the threat to destroy the iconic bridges in Newcastle. Bomb Disposal Units are brought in. Ryan, and the team, including Frank Phillips, Denise Mack I couldn't wait to return from holiday to read this book! Seven Bridges is book 8 in the series which is still as fresh and exciting as the first book. An agonising wait after reading Dark Skies for the decision on DCI Ryan's future and for me, the fate of Jack Lowerson. What a mixed bag of emotions were unfurled. The sensational plot evolves around the threat to destroy the iconic bridges in Newcastle. Bomb Disposal Units are brought in. Ryan, and the team, including Frank Phillips, Denise Mackenzie and Melanie Yates are under pressure and and with time restraints to find the perpetrator. There are a few shocks and surprises in this amazing, tense, gripping crime thriller. Thrown into the mix of tension and intrigue is the hilarious banter and humour. A superb read!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Ryan

    The prologue works well, going back ten years and giving the background to DCI Ryan’s toxic relationship with the woman who is now his boss. In the previous book it was evident that Detective Chief Superintendent Jennifer Lewis had an agenda as far as Ryan was concerned, seeing herself as a woman scorned. Determined on revenge and to bring him down, she caused as much disruption to the team as she could. Back in the present, Ryan and his wife, Anna, are celebrating their new home, sharing dinner The prologue works well, going back ten years and giving the background to DCI Ryan’s toxic relationship with the woman who is now his boss. In the previous book it was evident that Detective Chief Superintendent Jennifer Lewis had an agenda as far as Ryan was concerned, seeing herself as a woman scorned. Determined on revenge and to bring him down, she caused as much disruption to the team as she could. Back in the present, Ryan and his wife, Anna, are celebrating their new home, sharing dinner with two of their closest friends, DS Frank Phillips and DI Denise MacKenzie when another close friend arrives unexpectedly, obviously in shock and with blood on his jacket. In addition to trying to help their friend, Ryan and his team are faced with bomb threats from someone calling himself The Alchemist. If the terrorist doesn’t get what he wants the fate of thousands of people and the bridges over the river Tyne are at stake. The first target is the Tyne Bridge and it’s literally a race against the clock to beat the midnight deadline set by the bomber. I’ve loved this series from the first book, and Northumberland has become one of my favourite places. All due to a random choice for Rosie Amber’s Friday Five Challenge when the gorgeous cover of Holy Island caught my eye. The characters have developed and grown with each book into a tight knit team of likeable and realistic friends and colleagues. It’s always a pleasure to catch up with them. I also love how LJ Ross uses a particular landmark as the setting for each story, the descriptive prose painting a vivid picture. The tightly woven plot is written extremely well, full of suspense and tension. There are enough red herrings and surprise twists to keep this reader from guessing anything correctly. Exciting action sequences contrast well with shock revelations and more touching moments and, as always, there are flashes of humour added into the mix. An unfinished thread from the previous story is touched on briefly, and it points to that being carried on in the next book. Looking forward to it!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shell Baker

    I am a massive fan of DCI Ryan and have been patiently waiting for this eighth book, after the last one left us wanting more. Has always LJ Ross doesn't disappoint with this belter of a story and brings us another exciting mystery. In Seven Bridges we catch up with Ryan and his team where they are coming to terms with events from the previous story. Having said this you can read this has a standalone. The story starts of one hell of and opening where i found myself hooked and racing to the end to I am a massive fan of DCI Ryan and have been patiently waiting for this eighth book, after the last one left us wanting more. Has always LJ Ross doesn't disappoint with this belter of a story and brings us another exciting mystery. In Seven Bridges we catch up with Ryan and his team where they are coming to terms with events from the previous story. Having said this you can read this has a standalone. The story starts of one hell of and opening where i found myself hooked and racing to the end to find out what was going to happen. We follow the story of a case where DCI Ryan receives a bomb threat message. The clock is ticking and its a race against time to solve the mystery of the bomber before every bridge is burned, along with everybody on it... sounds exciting doesn't it?! Well I can tell you that it certainly is. Compared to the previous seven books, I felt like this was nothing like her other books with less description of the scenery/setting. Which I actually missed. It's has if author has had stepped outside her comfort zone, and stepped up her game with the crime thriller side of the story and wrote an action packed, gripping, page turner. Fans old and new will not be disappointed I highly recommend it giving it 4.5 stars

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joanne Robertson

    This is book 8 in the DCI Ryan series and each book just gets better and better in my opinion! It’s one of the few series that I have on my “must read” list and as soon as I finish one I am desperate to read the next! You can read Seven Bridges as a standalone as there is a complete case within the plot here but I guarantee that if this is your first introduction to Ryan and the team, you will be downloading all the other books in the series after you’ve read this one! Seven Bridges actually star This is book 8 in the DCI Ryan series and each book just gets better and better in my opinion! It’s one of the few series that I have on my “must read” list and as soon as I finish one I am desperate to read the next! You can read Seven Bridges as a standalone as there is a complete case within the plot here but I guarantee that if this is your first introduction to Ryan and the team, you will be downloading all the other books in the series after you’ve read this one! Seven Bridges actually starts with a rather shocking twist that was jaw dropping for me as it was completely unexpected! I’m not saying anymore than that apart from telling you that Ryan has to cope with some very difficult circumstances as well as investigating a bomber who is holding the whole of the area to ransom. The bomb control unit need to be brought in when someone threatens to blow up seven bridges unless they are paid off. So there is plenty of fast paced action for the team as they attempt to find out who is doing this and why? I thought I had it all figured out about half way through but those sneaky little red herrings disguised the whole truth from me until the very end!! And at that point I wanted to jump up and shout “Bravo!!!!” because this was such a perfectly crafted mystery that just worked well on so many levels for me! There is everything you need for an addictive page turner wrapped up in Seven Bridges. I became involved in the personal lives of characters that I have come to know and care about, I was swept away into the crime procedures as the investigation of an intriguing case took place and finally, I was blown away by the subtle humour that always makes sure I have a huge smile on my face whenever I’m reading a DCI Ryan book. There were thrilling action sequences that were offset by some quieter, more poignant moments and I found myself on an emotional rollercoaster as I raced through the narrative, never quite knowing which way it was going to go next. Which leads me to that ending and the perfect set up for book 9! Definitely a must read series that is highly recommended by me!

  10. 4 out of 5

    David Gilchrist

    Well well well, How this author keeps doing this amazes me. I read this within 24hrs. Fast paced little time to take a breath. It almost goes without saying very well written and compelling. Only sad thing is now how long to wait for the next in the series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Lewis

    I am one happy and chilled listener following a wonderful few hours with the delights of DCI Maxwell Finlay Ryan, Phillips, MacKenzie and the rest of the gang. How I LOVE this series. I own all the books and their Audible companions and double dip, reading and listening to each one. I save them for when I'm in a listening slump because nothing can make my spirits soar like the spectacular penmanship of LJ Ross coupled with the voice talents of Jonathan Keeble. They are the fish and chips, the st I am one happy and chilled listener following a wonderful few hours with the delights of DCI Maxwell Finlay Ryan, Phillips, MacKenzie and the rest of the gang. How I LOVE this series. I own all the books and their Audible companions and double dip, reading and listening to each one. I save them for when I'm in a listening slump because nothing can make my spirits soar like the spectacular penmanship of LJ Ross coupled with the voice talents of Jonathan Keeble. They are the fish and chips, the strawberries and cream, the Morecambe and Wise of audio books. There is something for everyone in the story; love and hate, friendship and enmity, collegiality and contrariness, trust and treachery. The vivid description of the landscapes do a far better job than any tourist board ever could in enticing readers to visit the area. The entire package is like sunshine on a rainy day, it soothes the soul and lifts the heart. If these books aren't everything you look for in your reading material than I'm flummoxed, for I can't think of anything better. Give DCI Ryan a listen right now, you can thank me later.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    LJ Ross has done it again. Another absolutely superb book in the "DCI Ryan Mysteries" series. But that opening... eek, ouch, ooh, aah - no words can describe it properly, so I'll go with sound-effects instead! This series really shouldn't be missed by anyone who enjoys a darn good story.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chris Nolan

    A brilliant series just got even better. The DCI Ryan stories are always engrossing and the writing of LJ Ross is excellent. The two strands in this novel are jaw-dropping; from the opening chapter to the last twist, the reader is on a rollercoaster ride which never lets up. Stunning!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    I could not wait to get L.J. Ross’ new paperback DCI Ryan Mystery, #8, which was released only recently in May 2018, and I am so pleased to have received and read it already! Boy, it makes me miss England as there is so much more to see, but back to the mystery. How DCI Ryan stays so unflappable in the midst of such stressful situations as in this mystery - his past returns and is destroying a friend and a ‘crazy’ decides to begin blowing up bridges in Ryan’s city of Newcastle on Tyne yet Ryan a I could not wait to get L.J. Ross’ new paperback DCI Ryan Mystery, #8, which was released only recently in May 2018, and I am so pleased to have received and read it already! Boy, it makes me miss England as there is so much more to see, but back to the mystery. How DCI Ryan stays so unflappable in the midst of such stressful situations as in this mystery - his past returns and is destroying a friend and a ‘crazy’ decides to begin blowing up bridges in Ryan’s city of Newcastle on Tyne yet Ryan and his CID team mean to keep people safe - is a skill I would very much like to learn. It would make things so much more simple! But once again L. J. Ross’ writing kept me glued to this book. I enjoy the major characters so much that I feel as though they are friends of mine. Fast paced, intriguing,and throw in a few jokes with a couple of smiles, Ross’ new book is a winner! 4 1/4 stars

  15. 5 out of 5

    Julie Lacey

    This is a great book. We finally learn what happened with Ryan and Lucas and find out how manipulative she was when she was with him. There's a shock in store at Anna and Ryan's dinner party which has major repercussions throughout the book. Ryan then receives a call saying a bridge has a bomb planted on it and will explode at midnight. The bomber has made the press aware so everyone flocks there thinking it's a hoax. When it explodes people are shocked but luckily only have minor injuries. A fu This is a great book. We finally learn what happened with Ryan and Lucas and find out how manipulative she was when she was with him. There's a shock in store at Anna and Ryan's dinner party which has major repercussions throughout the book. Ryan then receives a call saying a bridge has a bomb planted on it and will explode at midnight. The bomber has made the press aware so everyone flocks there thinking it's a hoax. When it explodes people are shocked but luckily only have minor injuries. A further threat comes in and Ryan and the team have to pull out all the stops to ensure no- one is hurt this time. This is a great book and I loved the ending as it ties up the loose ends at the end of 'Cragside' I can't wait until the next book comes out!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    A solid three stars. The main mystery of this installment was current and, to be honest, a bit terrifying. I didn't figure out whodunit until almost the very end (when the author was dropping all the serious clues, so that doesn't count) so the identity of the perp was a surprise. The secondary mystery and solution just about broke my heart. I can't say anything more without giving it away. I liked this book. It contained all the things I've come to like about the DCI Ryan books: interesting cult A solid three stars. The main mystery of this installment was current and, to be honest, a bit terrifying. I didn't figure out whodunit until almost the very end (when the author was dropping all the serious clues, so that doesn't count) so the identity of the perp was a surprise. The secondary mystery and solution just about broke my heart. I can't say anything more without giving it away. I liked this book. It contained all the things I've come to like about the DCI Ryan books: interesting cultural details of the area, police procedures, solid mystery/suspense without gratuitous details, and some very tender romance between the two main couples.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sherrie

    Just as good as the previous 7, with a twist at the end. Looking forward to the next one.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Craig Gillan

    Love this series and this book is another fantastic read, great setting,storylines and characters

  19. 4 out of 5

    Donna ~ The Romance Cover

    This is such an addictive series and the fact that I am devouring an audible a day is testament to how well penned this series is. With each instalment you can see the growth in the authors writing and each book is more detailed, twisty and unpredictable. I adore the characters in this series, both primary and secondary and the author really brings these characters to life with just the right amount of private versus professional life. Another author to add to my crime thriller auto-buys.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cora Tea Party Princess

    The villain was actually... Well. I empathised a lot, and honestly? Mood. I think this is one of my favourites in the series. There's something extra shocking about the destruction of landmarks like the bridges.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Janet Panter

    Another great read - 3 hours from start to finish, either I'm getting faster or the books are getting shorter! The usual fast-paced action we're used to, with a few twists and it looks like the next book might be set in Italy - looking forward to that one!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joseph - Relax And Read Reviews

    Oh WOW!!! What an intense, nail-biting addition to the series. It's true that this is DCI Ryan's most explosive case to date. This is another superb addition to the fantastic DCI Ryan series by LJ Ross. I've read all the books written by this brilliant author to date and have enjoyed each and every one of them. Set in the North East of England, this series is definitely one of the best in its genre. "Flames look so much better at night, don't they? It would be a beacon, visible for miles aroun Oh WOW!!! What an intense, nail-biting addition to the series. It's true that this is DCI Ryan's most explosive case to date. This is another superb addition to the fantastic DCI Ryan series by LJ Ross. I've read all the books written by this brilliant author to date and have enjoyed each and every one of them. Set in the North East of England, this series is definitely one of the best in its genre. "Flames look so much better at night, don't they? It would be a beacon, visible for miles around." In this book, DCI Ryan is faced with possibly the biggest case of his career. The lives of thousands of people are put on the line and at the mercy of a demented individual who has threatened to blow up every bridge connecting the cities of Gateshead and Newcastle one by one. Ryan must track down and stop this person before they go through with their threats. But Ryan is already late, the clock is ticking and The Alchemist looks determined... Will Ryan and his close-knit team make it on time to prevent innocent blood being shed in the waters of the Tyne? In the meantime, a friend in need (whose name I won't mention to prevent any spoilers) unexpectedly turns up and knocks on Ryan's door for help. This person is in shock and covered in blood. Something major has happened? But what? Whose blood is it? I'm dying to reveal what happens here, but I really, really can't say more about this part. What I'll just say is that the author surprised me. I wasn't expecting what happens here. Author Louise Ross never disappoints. When she approached me, a few years back, to read and review her first book 'Holy Island', I had never even heard of her or her books, and had no idea what I'd been missing. I didn't know that that book would introduce me to this excellent, addictive crime series. Since then, I've read all eight books, each one more brilliant than the other and I'm always on the lookout for news of when the next one would be published. Although this book can be read as a standalone, I recommend readers to read the series in the correct order. LJ Ross always sets her books in some particular landmark in Northumberland. I've never visited this part of the world, but as I'm reading, thanks to her vivid descriptions, I feel as though I'm there, in the centre of all the action, seeing and hearing through the characters' eyes and ears and following Ryan and his mates as they try to solve one case or another. In this book, the drama is set on the spectacular bridges connecting the cities of Gateshead and Newcastle across the river Tyne. As I did with the other books in the series, I googled these bridges' names and learned a lot about them and their history. For me, the knowledge I gain from these books is just an added bonus. Okay, as with the other books, the action in Seven Bridges is fast and non-stop, and the tension keeps building till the end. There were scenes that made my heart race and others where it was literally in my mouth. I imagined I was on one of those bridges with the other unsuspecting persons, unaware of the looming danger, unaware that a push of a button could end my life at any moment. Ryan and his fantastic team of detectives are all realistic, likable characters in a desperate race against time to save lives. As I was reading, I found myself biting my knuckles and fearful of turning the next page because of the building tension. I had no clue what would happen by the end and I have to say that I was surprised when the culprit's identity was revealed at the end. The epilogue lets us have a peep on where the next adventure will take Ryan and now I can't wait to find out more. ​​Seven Bridges is yet another masterpiece penned by this brilliant author, I really enjoyed it and I highly recommend it. With thanks to the author for an ARC of this book which I voluntarily accepted to read and review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ed Napiorkowski

    Must admit I was a bit disappointed in this the 8th installment of the DCI Ryan Mysteries series. The story has one main plot related to the bridges referenced in the title, a second "who dun it?" theme related to the murder of a key character from earlier books and a third thread related to the ongoing "Yet to be brought to justice" individual also from earlier books. The main plot progresses at a steady pace and is interesting however in my personal opinion presents no real surprises, lacked s Must admit I was a bit disappointed in this the 8th installment of the DCI Ryan Mysteries series. The story has one main plot related to the bridges referenced in the title, a second "who dun it?" theme related to the murder of a key character from earlier books and a third thread related to the ongoing "Yet to be brought to justice" individual also from earlier books. The main plot progresses at a steady pace and is interesting however in my personal opinion presents no real surprises, lacked some pace and tension, and despite the effort to introduce a double twist towards the very end was fairly flat. The second theme, though taking up a lot less volume of the book I actually found to be more interesting and engaging. I did like the way the author described the impact of this crime on the individuals involved, the introduction of another DCI and also the final section and the manner in which the perpetrator is revealed. As to the third theme, for readers of the series my words are "don't get excited". The Author weaves a few (yes only a few) of instances to keep the reader informed that yes, please don't forget, there is some unfinished business in the world of DCI Ryan. However again this is only my opinion but it is done in such a manner to solely encourage those who want to see closure of this matter to buy the next book. Very disappointing (again only my opinion). A snippet at the start, another snippet towards the end, and then the final "We need to go to Italy!" as the close of the book. As I listen to the Audio-book versions I will also comment on the performance from of Jonathan Keeble who has also performed the reading of the earlier books. Jonathan is a very good performer with clear pronunciation and crisp delivery, he attempts to weave emotion, volume and passion into his performance. I especially like his "presenter's voice" when he is not attempting to align to a specific character but just act as a narrator. In this particular book however I do not feel his performance was as strong, primarily due to too many of the characters reverting back to the same voice (despite initial attempts to have separate voices for each). This became more and more common as the book progressed and a bit frustrating when those characters (four or five ended up sounding identical) interacted with each other (for example Jack and his father, who is saying what to whom?). Not a show stopper but just not as fantastic a performance as the earlier books.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Trish R.

    Book 8 and I loved it as much as the others. I absolutely adore Ryan and Anna and Frank and MacKenzie and I felt so bad for Jack Lowerson. I knew Jack wasn’t guilty but I would never have guessed who really did it. This was about the murder of Detective Inspector Jennifer Lucas AND I’m so glad she was killed. She was a horrible person. And it was about the bombings of several bridges and “The Alchemist” wanting 2 million in bit coin paid to an account that the bomber had set up. And the Bomber? T Book 8 and I loved it as much as the others. I absolutely adore Ryan and Anna and Frank and MacKenzie and I felt so bad for Jack Lowerson. I knew Jack wasn’t guilty but I would never have guessed who really did it. This was about the murder of Detective Inspector Jennifer Lucas AND I’m so glad she was killed. She was a horrible person. And it was about the bombings of several bridges and “The Alchemist” wanting 2 million in bit coin paid to an account that the bomber had set up. And the Bomber? That was a really big surprise. Only a couple of kisses and no F-bomb. As to the narrator: I doubt very much that I would enjoy these books half as much if I’d just read them. Jonathan Keeble is a phenomenal narrator when it comes to all the different voices and the emotions when he reads.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I enjoyed the book, like the previous ones the plot is quite far fetched and ridiculous at times, but I feel like the author is getting lazy. Although it was refreshing to have a plot not focused around Anna and her extreme problem of being attractive to every psycho in the north east, the villains are predictable, and the story plods along.... The death of lucas at the start seemed particularly lazy, almost like she'd created a character that she didn't know what to do with anymore. There's def I enjoyed the book, like the previous ones the plot is quite far fetched and ridiculous at times, but I feel like the author is getting lazy. Although it was refreshing to have a plot not focused around Anna and her extreme problem of being attractive to every psycho in the north east, the villains are predictable, and the story plods along.... The death of lucas at the start seemed particularly lazy, almost like she'd created a character that she didn't know what to do with anymore. There's definitely better out there for the crime thriller fan.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jude Bayton

    This is a great writer, and I have read all her preceding stories - in this most recent book of the Ryan series, she is still consistent with her characters and clever writing style, but fails with a weak plot. It smacks of publishing deadline and pressure to release another book, so I will continue reading the series. She is extremely talented with her characters, you come to care about them very much.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elisa

    This is one of my favorite series and the new installment is very suspenseful. One of Ryan’s members is again in trouble, an old villain gets a lesson and Mac is just as awesome. But it’s a standoff with a bomber, with many lives at stake that made my heart jump.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Ryles

    I have started and abandoned this review more times than I care to remember and the reason for this is that nothing I write will even come close to how absolutely brilliant this book is. I'm already a fan of the DCI Ryan series but OH MY GOD Seven Bridges took my breath away, almost stopped my heart, made me gasp out loud, brought tears to my eyes, gave me goosebumps and left me completely thunderstruck. I'm not going to write too much about the plot, other than what is mentioned in the blurb, b I have started and abandoned this review more times than I care to remember and the reason for this is that nothing I write will even come close to how absolutely brilliant this book is. I'm already a fan of the DCI Ryan series but OH MY GOD Seven Bridges took my breath away, almost stopped my heart, made me gasp out loud, brought tears to my eyes, gave me goosebumps and left me completely thunderstruck. I'm not going to write too much about the plot, other than what is mentioned in the blurb, but I have to share the moment I read the scene where the Tyne Bridge explodes. I was reading at my desk on my lunchbreak when I emitted an almighty gasp that made my colleague ask what the matter was. With tears in my eyes and a shaky voice I said 'the Tyne Bridge has just blown up'. For a heartstopping second, my colleague thought that I'd read a breaking news alert! You can't get more realistic than that in fiction! I can see this becoming the question you ask people at parties instead of (age dependent) where they were when Kennedy was shot or when Princess Diana died. Do you remember where you were when you were reading LJ Ross' book about the Tyne Bridge blowing up? LJ Ross definitely found the golden ticket when she created DCI Ryan and his team; the storylines are outstanding but LJ Ross goes one better than 3D by creating four-dimensional characters that feel as real as you or me. I mean it goes without saying that everyone loves Ryan, but we also love Ryan's strong and sensible wife Anna, down to earth DS Frank Phillips who is always thinking of his stomach, DI Denise MacKenzie who has been through a lot and has finally found happiness and DC Jack Lowerson who is so lovely and just wants to find love (but he's clueless where ladies are concerned). I love meeting up with my old friends in Northumbria CID. LJ Ross takes not just a step but a massive jump out of the 'cozy mysteries' genre into 'crime thriller' with this explosive instalment in the DCI Ryan series. Seven Bridges is darker, more dangerous and so very realistic that it is a Thriller with a capital T. I am absolutely certain that this will be the best book I read this year...how do I know this already, you ask...because it is THE BEST BOOK I'VE EVER READ!!!! There are simply not enough stars in the sky to award this book so I have to make do with giving it five stars. I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Fiona M

    Another detective series I can’t resist. The handsome DC Ryan and the gruesome crimes that keep happening in Newcastle and Northumberland. This one is set around the seven bridges in Newcastle and some really scary scenes when you think a train is going to be bombed full of passengers. I love LJ Ross’s books they are gritty and real and always hold a surprise or two. This one the death of a fairly main character and also the ending. To the next one.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Janice

    This author had been recommended to me so I picked up a copy in the library during my lunch hour. I was so gripped by the story and style that I had to drag myself back to work. Couldn't put it down , read in 2 days. Ordered the previous one from the library and have tracked down the rest .Latest one only on Kindle after October 20th, can I be patient ?. Love the characters, the setting and the story.

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