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  • Title: Deadline
  • Author: Geoff Major
  • Publisher: Grosvenor House Publishing on September 1, 2020
  • Genre: Crime Thriller
  • Pages: 446
  • Format: Hardcover, Paperback, & Digital Editions
  • Rating: 4/5

Many thanks to Emma at Dampebbles Blog Tours, Geoff Major, and Grosvenor House Publishing for providing me with a digital copy of Deadline in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Trigger Warnings: Graphic Murder, Domestic Violence, Gun Violence, References to Rape and Sex with a Minor

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Deadline Book Blurb

Adam Ferranti was drinking away his waking hours, getting by in a regional newspaper in the North of England. An award-winning journalist, he moved to England to escape the media glare that followed his spectacular fall from grace at The Washington Post; only to be thrust back in it when a mysterious serial killer decides to make him his confidante.

DS Stephanie Walker is a successful member of the West Yorkshire Police force. Whilst she is tough and results-driven at work, with a fearsome reputation on the streets, she hides the domestic abuse she suffers at home.

She finds Ferranti exceptionally difficult to deal with, but he’s her only chance to stay close to what the elusive killer is planning next. Ferranti reluctantly complies with the Police, even though he is fighting his own personal demons, but when his best friend is murdered by the killer, it suddenly gets personal. And suddenly, no-one is quite who they seemed to be.

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My Review

Deadline is a thrilling crime drama that deals with love, loss, and revenge. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this novel by reading the blurb, but I am happy to say that I enjoyed it a great deal. I tend to love crime procedurals, and this one does not disappoint.

I knew from very early on who the murderer was, but what I didn’t expect was how the story would play out. How would the murderer come to justice? The ending blew me away. I wasn’t expecting it at all. It was shocking and, to be honest, very sad. The tears flowed freely through the last twenty or so minutes I read.

I will admit that some parts of the book are predictable. However, this did not dampen my enjoyment of the novel at all. I couldn’t put it down until I ultimately fell asleep with the Kindle falling on my face.

I am happy to award Deadline 4 out of 5 stars. If you love crime thrillers, you should read this book. The ending leaves a perfect segue into a sequel if there is to be one, and it is a thrilling ending.

About the Author – Geoff Major

A long time ago, Geoff Major had an idea for a story, whilst walking his girls to primary school. Two years ago, he decided he had the time and patience to try to write the story down. His wife was wholly supportive, so he turned from full-time to part-time for four months and now – 23 years after that idea first popped into his head – it has been published.

As a self-employed business consultant for 18 years and a fundraising adventurer for 10 years (including ski-trekking 50 miles, over 6 days and 6 nights, to the geographic North Pole), he now works for a debt charity whilst plotting his next three books.

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