Book Review: Bloq by Alan Jones

29436610A father waits in Glasgow’s Central Station for his daughter, returning home from London for Christmas. When the last train has pulled in, and she doesn’t get off it, he makes a desperate overnight dash to find out why. His search for her takes over his life, costing him his job and, as he withdraws from home, family and friends, he finds himself alone, despairing of ever seeing her again.

What I Thought:
A few months ago I managed to connect with Alan on Twitter, and reviewed his second book, Blue Wicked, which I thought was an excellent, gritty, crime novel. It seems, in double-quick time, Alan has managed to write, edit, and is set to publish another.

While both books are excellent and are loosely connected in that they are ‘crime’ novels, Bloq is a very different type of book to Blue Wicked. There are certainly criminal elements to it, and the shady setting of the titular nightclub is a hotbed for drugs and prostitution, but I found Bloq to be more character driven in that it was basically about a father and his search for his daughter, and the fall out when his search has ended.

The emphasis of the book appealed to me, and it was a good way into the book before I really knew what might be going on. The central character, Bill, is relatable as he is just an ordinary man – he’s certainly clever and able, but none of the things he tries to do to fin his daughter seem out of character or impossible for an ordinary man. His frustrations in finding an overstretched and seemingly unconcerned police force also, sadly, don’t seem too out of the ordinary!

The cast of supporting characters are well brought to life, and there is a massive twist at the end that will have you really thinking abut this book for a long time after you’ve finished it!

Bloq is out on 1st April in Kindle format, and a hard copy will follow.

There is currently a blog tour running for Bloq, which will stop here on 4th April – be sure to pop back and check it out.

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