Twenty floors above the shimmering lights of the Hamburg docks,
Public Prosecutor Chastity Riley is celebrating a birthday with friends in
a hotel bar when twelve heavily armed men pull out guns, and take
everyone hostage. Among the hostages is Konrad Hoogsmart, the hotel
owner, who is being targeted by a young man whose life – and family – have been destroyed by Hoogsmart’s actions.
With the police looking on from outside – their colleagues’ lives at stake
– and Chastity on the inside, increasingly ill from an unexpected case of
sepsis, the stage is set for a dramatic confrontation … and a devastating
outcome for the team … all live streamed in a terrifying bid for revenge.
Crackling with energy and populated by a cast of unforgettable
characters, Hotel Cartagena is a searing, stunning thriller that will leave you breathless.
Hotel Cartagena is the fourth book in the Chastity Riley series, however it can easily be read this as a standalone. For those of us who have follows this series from the beginning will be familiar with Chastity, the public prosecutor, who is often called to the scene of often strange and deadly crime scenes. However in this book, Chastity doesn’t need to travel far as the crime scene comes to her.
When Chastity and her colleagues are out celebrating Faller’s birthday, they find themselves caught up in a hostage situation when the bar they are in is the focal point of a siege. As time progresses, the reasons behind this become apparent, and as the story unfolds, the safety of Chastity and her friends is only the tip of the iceberg.
This book was captivating from the first chapter. The characters are brilliantly developed and have interesting, complex personalities, which really add a lot of context to this fast paced story. The plot itself is full to the brim of action, drama, and suspense…this story has so much drive throughout, it is rather impossible to put this book down.
Dramatic, suspenseful, and completely and utterly captivating to the very end, this story will have you on the edge of your seat and eagerly awaiting another instalment in this thrilling series.
About The Author
Simone Buchholz was born in Hanau in 1972. At university, she studied Philosophy and Literature, worked as a waitress and a columnist, and trained to be a journalist at the prestigious Henri-Nannen- School in Hamburg. In 2016, Simone Buchholz was awarded the Crime Cologne Award as well as runner-up in the German Crime Fiction Prize for Blue Night, which was number one on the KrimiZEIT Best of Crime List for months. She lives in Sankt Pauli, in the heart of Hamburg, with her husband and son.
*Thank you to Anne at Random Things Tours, Orenda Books and Simone Buchholz for providing me with an ARC of this book in return for my honest review. All views are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*