The Mayfly by James Hazel
**I’d like to thank Bonnier Zaffre Books for my ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Crime Fiction
Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre Books
Publication Date: June 15, 2017
My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤
A mutilated body discovered in the woods.
A murderous plan conceived in the past.
A reckoning seventy years in the making . . .
When lawyer Charlie Priest is attacked in his own home by a man searching for information he claims Priest has, he is drawn into a web of corruption that has its roots in the last desperate days of World War Two.
When his attacker is found murdered the next day, Priest becomes a suspect and the only way to clear his name is to find out about the mysterious House of Mayfly – a secret society that people will kill for.
As Priest races to uncover the truth, can he prevent history from repeating itself?
I kept coming across this book on other blogs and Instagram, and thought it sounded like a really great read. I was definitely not disappointed! This was just the high octane thriller I was seeking.
The story starts off with the discovery of a mutilated body in the woods. While investigators are trying to piece the crime scene together, we are then taken back to the past during WWII to a German concentration camp, where a mysterious man from the British intelligence shows up. Fast forward to the present, and we meet Charlie Priest: an ex-detective inspector, turned lawyer who gets an unexpected visit from a fake cop who nearly kills him in search of a flash drive. Sounds exciting right?
The story weaves in and out between the past and present, which was cleverly written. It was like playing a game of Clue. You literally don’t start piecing all the bits of information until the very end. Even half way through the book, I was still pulling at straws to figure out a plausible motive and suspect! Well done James! You truly had me stumped 😊.
This was a fly-by-the seat of your pants type of read. One that I would highly recommend.
Have you read it? What did you think?