#BookReview of The Controller by Matt Brolly @MattBrollyUK @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

Posted May 17, 2019 by Zoé in Book Reviews, Reviews and Stuff / 6 Comments

The Controller by Matt Brolly
Series: Lynch and Rose #1
Published by Oblong Books on May 24, 2019
Pages: 410

From the bestselling author of the acclaimed DCI Lambert series comes The Controller, a gripping serial killer thriller introducing Sam Lynch and Special Agent Sandra Rose.

It is six years since special agent Samuel Lynch left the FBI following the disappearance of his son, Daniel. Lynch believes an underground organisation known as The Railroad is responsible and has never stopped searching.

When Special Agent Sandra Rose investigates a house invasion gone wrong, she discovers the assailant has the legendary, and infamous, Railroad tattoo carved onto his back and he claims to know Daniel’s whereabouts.

Rose draws Lynch in to her case, and together they become embroiled in an unparalleled world of violence and evil.

It seems that to see his son again, Lynch will have to confront his greatest fear and face the ultimate test: an encounter with the Railroad’s enigmatic and deadly leader, The Controller.

My Review

Well hello there Mr Brolly, I think it is safe to say you have got a new number one fan in me! How have I not read anything by you before?! This needs to be rectified!

I was sucked in from the opening pages with the tidbits of information you are given at first to Lynch and his life and a hostage situation with Special Agent Rose. From the get-go, the action and suspense is ramped up to such a high velocity I felt tired from reading it! To me, Lynch is Jack Reacher in his heyday! This man kicks ass, but with the added bonus he shows feelings, especially when it comes to Daniel, his missing son.

I was hooked (and breathless) on Brolly’s writing, it was so easy to follow and could imagine if this was a TV show I would be watching it as I absolutely adore this type of high octane action, such an adrenaline junkie when it is not me doing everything!

Not going to lie there are some bits in the book that were a bit gruesome and uncomfortable to read, but I must be desensitised to it all now (worrying thought), the power of these ritualistic murders hold on the Lynch and Rose and everyone around them was poignant. Each death served a purpose to deliver a message to the duo and both felt the guilt plus having to deal with the horror of what was in front of them. I loved that we experienced their feelings with the murders, we are briefly shown how the macabre scenes but the rest of it left to your imagination as you are swamped with emotion from everyone at the scene.

I really liked Rose, she was unsure who to trust but she and Lynch had a connection, which I felt worked and did not feel forced. Lynch’s backstory and what truly drives him, is a power that you do not want to mess with. To be made an example of by the FBI over the Railroads murders to find out the truth behind it all, this guy was not going to stop on his mission! Who is The Controller?!?

I am dying to read the next one, as the ending sets up for what is, possibly, yet to come! I have to know now! #Bookhangover but at least I can breathe again!

In three words

Kick-Ass Action

Until next time xxx

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Thanks to Emma at DampPebbles for the tour invite and the author for a copy of their book in return for my honest and unbiased review

About Matt Brolly

Following his law degree where he developed an interest in criminal law, Matt Brolly completed his Masters in Creative Writing at Glasgow University. He is the bestselling author of the DCI Lambert crime novels, Dead Eyed, Dead Lucky and Dead Embers. The fourth in the series, Dead Time, was released by Canelo in May 2018 and a prequel, Dead Water, will be published in September 2019. In 2020 the first of a new crime series set in the West Country of the UK will be released by Thomas and Mercer (Amazon Publishing).

The Controller, released in May 2019, is the first of a new thriller series set in Texas. Matt also writes children’s books as M.J. Brolly. His first children’s book, The Sleeping Bug, was released by Oblong Books in December 2018. Matt lives in London with his wife and their two young children. You can find out more about Matt at his website MattBrolly.co.uk or by following him on twitter: @MattBrollyUK

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