Glass Arrows by Heather Peck – Book Review
DCI Greg Geldard Book Two
Author – Heather Peck
Publisher – Silverwood Books
Pages – 312
Released – 21st July 2021
ISBN-13 – 978-1800420854
Format – ebook, paperback
Rating – 4 Stars
I received a free copy of this book.
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When the body of a farmworker is found during a turkey cull, the incident falls to DCI Greg Geldard to investigate. Newly promoted and newly transferred from North Yorkshire to Norfolk, he is about to face the most challenging case of his career. As he uncovers evidence of organised crime and modern slavery, the body count rises, a friend is threatened and he struggles to bring the murderer to justice.
Glass Arrows is about loss and exploitation. Loss of belonging and certainty. Exploitation of labour, of people and of the environment. And one man’s fight to rise above his own problems to do what he believes is right.
Prey, predator or protector – which are you? Glass Arrows is the second book in the DCI Greg Geldard thriller series.
Review by Jane
Glass Arrows is an unravelling rabbit hole of a crime story set in Norfolk. The dead body of Lithuanian turkey farm-worker Jonas is found amongst the turkeys that are awaiting their own fate of being culled following the discovery of a virus that has been identified within them that could result in a potential pandemic as the virus is believed to be transferable to humans.
The people that have been called in to oversee the operation to cull and remove the entire livestock are up against it as the police investigative team is trying to salvage what they can from the crime scene without causing a risk to the public.
Chief Inspector Greg Geldard is the officer in charge of the case. He has recently been promoted and has transferred from North Yorkshire to the area. During the investigation, he uncovers evidence of organised crime and slavery. As another linked death occurs, DCI Geldard struggles to bring the murderer to justice.
This is the second book in the DCI Greg Geldard series, though it works perfectly fine as a standalone. There is no doubt that the author, Heather Peck, has written a thriller that is both tough in subject matter and bang up-to-date. She has also approached the topic very sensitively.
I certainly loved the premise as it was clear from the get-go that this was deeper than just murder, however, there were so many people introduced in such a short space of time that I found it difficult to remember who was who. Further, without any descriptions of any of the character’s personalities or appearances, it all seemed a little rushed and I wasn’t sure initially if I was going to carry on reading more than the first few chapters. That said, I had become hooked and was desperate for justice.
Glass Arrows is definitely a fast-paced thriller that eventually became a page-turner after the initial stuttered start. I loved that the ending was full of suspense and I enjoyed the read immensely.