Book: As The Crow Flies Series: DI Nick Dixon #1 Author: Damien Boyd Date of Publication: January 20, 2015 Publisher: Thomas & Mercer Source: NetGalley Rating: 4/5 Beans
Rock climbing is now a blood sport.
Detective Inspector Nick Dixon’s former climbing partner, Jake Fayter, is dead. Killed in a fall whilst practising a new route on High Rock, Cheddar Gorge. Convinced that Jake would not have made such a simple mistake, Nick Dixon starts digging and uncovers a web of intrigue and criminal activity that will rock the sleepy seaside town of Burnham-on-Sea to its core.
As the body count rises, Dixon is forced to break every rule in the book and put his own life on the line to bring the killer out into the open.
A fast paced crime thriller that will leave you gasping for breath, As The Crow Flies is a spine tingling introduction for DI Nick Dixon and a spectacular debut novel from crime fiction writer, Damien Boyd.
I shall start by warning about spoilers in this review not really as far as the plot goes, more certain details. That being said, there were so many FEELS by the end I was getting teary eyed, and I don’t usually cry during books (If you didn’t cry at least a little bit during either The Fault in Our Stars or Night Road, there is something wrong with your humanity and you should have that looked at) but this one tugged at my heart strings. It also made me think, which is good, because of the crazy connections between the characters.
I had a bit of trouble keeping the characters straight at first, simply because several ended up seeming quite minor and almost irrelevant. DI Nick Dixon is an interesting character, and makes for a unique view point. As a climber myself, this story struck home a bit as I have heard stories of climbers getting the shakes and falling off walls, none that I’ve known have died, but it was still terrifying. I enjoyed reading about Nick and Jake’s past climbing adventures and the good times they had together. When we discovered what Jake had done and what happened to him, I was torn similarly to Nick as to what to think. By the end I was saddened by his death and what happened, and would never wish that fate upon anyone. As far as the other more minor characters go, I like Jane the best because she was the most capable out of the other officers.
I was a little confused as to why the other mystery was put in the story, it seemed quite unnecessary as far as the plot line went and was frankly distracting. There were several lines and paragraphs throughout the story that I found to be a bit distracting and irrelevant when looking at the story itself. Otherwise, I found the book to be very pleasing a quite an enjoyable read. I would recommend this for any adventurer who enjoys a good mystery and doesn’t mind bloodshed. Hopefully I can get my hands on the next book soon!