Absent Victim by David Roy – Book Review

Absent Victim by David Roy – Book Review

Absent victim by david roy

Absent Victim

Author – David Roy
Publisher – Hobart Books
Pages – 378
Released – 19th February 2021
ISBN-13 – 978-1914322013
Format – ebook, paperback
Rating – 4 Stars
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No body, no motive, no name…so who did she kill?

When wealthy divorcee Stephanie Kuler asked a private detective to investigate a murder, he told her to go to the police instead. But when she told the rest of the story, he took the case.

There was no body, no reason to kill and no name for her supposed victim, but she knew she was the murderer. Solving the mystery meant jail for her and a headache for him. Premonition, false memories, deja vu…the mind playing tricks or reality distorted through time? The unmissable new thriller from David Roy explores the dark side of memory and its impact on us all.

Review by Stacey

If someone came to you and told you that they had murdered someone your first thought, after the initial panic, would most likely be ‘who?’. What if this person then said they didn’t know.
Not that they didn’t know their victim, that they didn’t know who they had murdered as they can’t remember. They don’t know whether the person they killed was male, female, an adult, or a child. They didn’t know when, where, how, or why. They just know that have committed a crime and need your help.

You would probably tell them to go to the police, but what if this person had already been to the police station and the police in not so many words told them to go away. Would you agree to help them discover their past knowing that if you prove they did kill someone that they would go to prison for a long time?

Told from the point of view of the private detective (who I don’t think is ever named) who has been given this exact circumstance by wealthy client Stephanie Kuler. He has reservations about taking the case but the money would come in handy. However, the case already strange gets far weirder as the plot progresses.

Alongside the main plot runs several subplots and there are also several other characters who are vital to the story, including the PIs sidekick Billy and his ‘Billie-isms’.

The book took a little getting used to at the beginning as our main character talks directly to you, explaining what is happening, happened, and quite often in a jovial manner, not quite what I was expecting from a thriller, in fact, I’m not too sure I would call it a thriller, more of a mystery novel.

The storyline heavily features Covid-19/pandemic references and the main character’s thoughts on the situation plus how he views certain things in society, such as the news channels, etc. Part of me did wonder if this was a way for the author to get across his feelings on these subjects across without coming out with them directly.

Absent Victim was an enjoyable, fast-paced read that contained a unique plot, one that has you guessing right to the very end and then left you with another idea to digest. I was kept entertained until the very last page especially with the humour and sarcasm which featured heavily throughout.

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Author Info

David Roy was born in Bangor, Northern Ireland in 1965. After a number of years in the army he left a life in uniform to read for a degree, ultimately qualifying as a secondary school teacher. He is the author of many books, the first written in 1994 as an account of his service in the first Gulf War. His book ‘The Lost Man’, the first of his Ted Dexter adventures, featured on ITV’s ‘The Alan Titchmarsh Show’ where it was shortlisted in the ‘People’s Novelist’ competition.

As well as being a soldier, David has been a dishwasher, a teacher, a civil servant, a security guard, a welfare assistant and an ambulance crew member. He is married and now lives in England with his wife and two daughters.

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12 Responses

  1. DJ Sakata says:

    Absent Victim sounds original and presents quite a conundrum.

  2. Nadene says:

    I must say I am intrigued. I am curious to know how it played out in the end.

  3. Sadie says:

    I love books that keep me guessing. One of the few downsides of reading A LOT is that you get very good at recognizing where a book is going.

  4. Megan @ Bookstacks & Golden Moms says:

    I’m not much for thriller/suspense books, but I do like a mystery where someone doesn’t remember what happened. It always makes it more fun to learn things as the character does. Great review!

  5. I am really intrigued by Absent Victim. Sounds totally unique!

  6. Robin Loves Reading says:

    Wow! Absent Victim sounds really very intriguing. Thanks for sharing your review.

  7. Thank you DJ, I can confirm it really is original.

  8. Thank you Nadene, good we have made you curious. You will have to read the book to find out!

  9. Thank you Sadie, I totally agree with you. If the Killer is present in the first few chapters, (without the author giving away they are the killer) I usually sniff them out.

  10. Thanks Megan. I never used to read Thriller books, years ago I only ever read romance and chick lit now I mainly read thrillers as they are exciting.

  11. Thank you Kate. Good to hear that you are intrigued. The plot is certainly unique.

  12. Thank you Robin. Good to hear that you like the sound of Absent Victim.