John Barnbrook

Books reviewed by John Barnbrook

The Book of Lost Things

David desperately misses his dead mother, despises his new stepmother and detests his new half brother. These emotions attract the attention the Crooked Man who draws David into a dark and disturbing land where he must grow in strength and determination in order to survive.

Reviewed on 29 April 2017 by John Barnbrook

The Fifth Gospel

When Father Alex Andreou, a Greek Orthodox priest, finds the body of Ugolina Nogara in the gardens of Castel Gandolfo, the retreat of the Pope, he becomes party to machinations within the Vatican that will rock the whole establishment of the Catholic Church.

Reviewed on 14 April 2017 by John Barnbrook

Close Your Eyes

Clinical psychologist Joe O’Loughlin is drawn unwillingly to help solve a double murder - a mother and daughter found in odd circumstances in a remote farmhouse. This involvement leads to Joe’s family becoming endangered by the attention of the damaged murderer.

Reviewed on 01 April 2017 by John Barnbrook

Brotherhood in Death

Lieutenant Eve Dallas has a dear friend, Dennis, who is injured when he walks in on the abduction of his cousin, Senator Edward Mira. Investigation uncovers darks sordid secrets that involve not only the senator but also a circle of his friends, a group bonded by ritual and cruelty.

Reviewed on 18 March 2017 by John Barnbrook

The Prometheus Man

CIA Agent Tom Blake is on the trail of a man with enhanced physical abilities, intending to revenge himself on the people who killed his brother.

Reviewed on 04 March 2017 by John Barnbrook

My Sister's Bones

Kate Rafter is a successful war correspondent who returns to her childhood home in Herne Bay. Something had gone wrong in her past and her helpful brother-in-law seems to be the most likely person to help.

Reviewed on 18 February 2017 by John Barnbrook

The House of Fame

Nick Belsey is a disgraced policeman, living in a recently closed police station. An insistent knocking at the door introduces him to a woman who is searching for him by name, to help her to find her missing son. Helping her leads Nick into the world of celebrity, obsessive adoration and corruption. 

Reviewed on 04 February 2017 by John Barnbrook

Perfect Remains

Hikers find the remains of a body in a deserted Scottish bothy. There are clues to the identity of the victim but in reality she is screaming in fear in a locked Edinburgh basement.

Reviewed on 21 January 2017 by John Barnbrook


There is a sinister, thin man who collects abnormal skeletons by harvesting people, particularly children. There is a family with a child with a serious bone disease. The sinister man is hunting.

Reviewed on 07 January 2017 by John Barnbrook

Night Shift

Something old and dangerous is stirring under the crossroads in Midnight, a town populated by vampires, witches, angels and even some normal people. Fortunately the community works together to overcome the threat to their existence.

Reviewed on 24 December 2016 by John Barnbrook

The Damned

Danny Orchard is famous because he was still born and then had another near-death experience and published a successful memoir. Danny also used to have a twin sister, Ash, but she was not someone you would have wanted to meet. Now Ash is trying to ruin Danny’s life again.

Reviewed on 10 December 2016 by John Barnbrook

Falling Suns

Rachel has given up her job as detective inspector to raise her son. Her son is murdered and Rachel’s cousin is convicted for his murder and placed in a secure psychiatric unit. When it becomes clear that he is likely to be freed, Rachel is driven into a determined and elaborate plan for revenge.

Reviewed on 26 November 2016 by John Barnbrook

A Time of Torment

Charlie Parker and his two sidekicks, Angel and Louis, appear to have the power to know and intervene in deviant criminal behaviour. They are an unusual force for good. This power serves them well as they investigate cases of missing young girls and pit themselves against the insidious power of The Cut.

Reviewed on 12 November 2016 by John Barnbrook

Dark Matter

Jason Dessen could have been a famous scientist but instead he chose to marry his pregnant girlfriend and live a life of domestic bliss. This life is shattered when Jason is assaulted and finds himself in a parallel world.

Reviewed on 29 October 2016 by John Barnbrook

A Climate of Fear

A woman is thought to have committed suicide in her bath but Commissaire Adamsberg refuses to be convinced. Further apparent suicides, linked by the drawing of a strange symbol convince the investigating team that they are pursuing a serial killer.

Reviewed on 15 October 2016 by John Barnbrook

Black Arts

Jack lives in Tudor London, in a secluded alley with his mother, until, on the verge of entering life of organised crime, he encounters a world he did not know existed, a world of red-handed priests, demons and magic. As a result he finds himself fighting for his life, encountering allies in surprising places and meeting the famous Dr Dee.

Reviewed on 01 October 2016 by John Barnbrook


A woman, is murdering men in public pick-up spots. PC Lucy Clayburn forms part of the undercover team seeking to find the killer. As a result she unpacks much more about her life than she expected.

Reviewed on 17 September 2016 by John Barnbrook

The House of Eyes

Reports of a missing model and the subsequent murder of her father lead DI Wesley Peterson into an investigation which throws suspicion onto many of the residents of the rural Devonshire town. The causes of the crime appear to have historical origins.

Reviewed on 20 August 2016 by John Barnbrook

The Widow

Jean is newly widowed. Her husband, killed in a traffic accident, had been the object of an investigation into child kidnapping. His death leads to a resurgence in press and police interest and a renewed investigation ensues.

Reviewed on 06 August 2016 by John Barnbrook

City of the Lost

Detective Casey Duncan has a dark secret and when her abused best friend also finds herself in serious risk the two of them decide to disappear to a town where people go to vanish. The trouble is that the past does not leave you alone.

Reviewed on 03 August 2016 by John Barnbrook

The Primrose Path

Rachel has moved to a small Welsh community to escape her past life. Unfortunately her past is not keen to let her go and not all is as it appears on first encounter

Reviewed on 23 July 2016 by John Barnbrook

The Insect Farm

Jonathan Maguire is devoted to Roger, his special brother, and is obsessed with his unusual and charismatic wife. Roger is absorbed in his intense world of insect breeding. Things change when violent death wrecks their status quo.

Reviewed on 09 July 2016 by John Barnbrook

A Very English Scandal

The secret life of of Jeremy Thorpe, leader of the Liberal Party in the 1970s, builds up to a shocking scandal and a court case which rocked the British establishment.

Reviewed on 28 May 2016 by John Barnbrook