The InBetween by Dick Wybrow – Book Review

The InBetween by Dick Wybrow – Book Review

The Inbetween by Dick Wybrow

The InBetween
Painter Mann Series Book One

Author – Dick Wybrow
Pages – 372
Released – 30th June 2019
ISBN-13 – 978-1092491860
Format – ebook, paperback
Review by – Mike
Rating – 4 Stars
I received a free copy of this book.
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Painter Mann is a one-of-a-kind private investigator. He may even be the world’s best, but mainly that’s because he’s dead. Assisted by his “Temps”— a select few of the very old who are so close to death they can actually hear him — Painter has sworn to help the murder victims stuck in The InBetween by revealing their killers so they can move on.

But, a new mass murder case threatens everything after Painter recognizes the killer’s face as the person who murdered him. Exposing them will free dozens of ghosts but will also clear Painter, leaving no one to help the souls trapped in The InBetween.

Also, he’s really into the whole private investigator thing. When alive he was never really good at much. Dead? He’s a hell of a PI. Is Painter willing to risk it all to save those he’s sworn to help?

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The InBetween by Dick Wybrow is a humorous thriller that follows Painter Mann, the worlds only dead Private Investigator, as he tries to solve a series of murders and prevent a threat to both the living and the dead, with the help of his ‘Temps’, people who are close to death.

I don’t usually go for the thriller genre but something in the synopsis drew me in and I found myself enjoying this book, a lot.

The main character, Painter, is very likeable and I enjoyed the way his parts were written. The use of the older, supporting characters, in what I felt was a unique way, was fun and the concepts, ideas, and story, although not complex, were well done.

Unfortunately, I did feel that the story was let down in parts when there were multiple characters in conversation as it was sometimes difficult to understand who was saying which lines, which did cause me some confusion. Whilst the plot itself was good throughout it did lack a twist or revealing ending that I was expecting from a novel like this.

However, a sequel has definitely been set up and I would happily read it.

Book Reviewer – Mike

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About the Author

Dick Wybrow

Dick Wybrow is a novelist living in Auckland, New Zealand. He’s been featured on global outlets like CNN and the Discovery Networks. The author of three books, his latest The InBetween which was released in June 2019.


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2 Responses

  1. Shelley W says:

    I agree it sounds different. Super review.

  2. Thanks Shelley, Glad you like it.