Beton Rouge – Simone Buchholz @OrendaBooks @ohneKlippo

The second book in the critically acclaimed Chastity Riley series.

On a warm September morning, a man is found unconscious and tortured in a cage at the entrance to the offices of one of Germany’s biggest magazines. He’s soon identified as a manager of the company. Three days later, another manager appears in a similar way.

The magazine staff were facing significant layoffs, so sympathy for the two men is in short supply. Chastity Riley and her new colleague Ivo Stepanovic are tasked with uncovering the truth behind the attacks, an investigation that goes far beyond the revenge they first suspect, to the dubious past shared by both victims. Travelling to the south of Germany, they step into the hothouse world of boarding schools, where secrets are currency, and monsters are bred…monsters who will stop at nothing to protect themselves.

Beton Rouge was published on the 2nd February 2019 by Orenda Books. Many thanks to the publisher for inviting me onto this blog tour and for my copy of the book for review.

I really enjoyed my first read from Simone Buchholz, Blue Night, so I was looking forward to another Chastity Riley adventure.

As with Blue Night, Beton Rouge is a quick, fast paced read with its snappy sentences and short chapters which urge the reader to keep reading ‘just one more chapter’ and before you know it you’re half way through the book!

Beton Rouge is centred around the investigation into the torture and imprisonment of 2 men in cages in a high profile public place – Chastity and the team are trying to understand why these men apparently deserved the treatment and humiliation that they have. However, neither of the men were particularly liked which doesn’t help with narrowing down the likely suspects so…a simple case of disgruntled employee seeking revenge or is there something more sinister afoot?

In addition to the investigation itself, Chastity is having to adapt to working with new colleague, Ivo Stepanovic!

Simone Buchholz has once again delivered a gripping read which is brought together through her wonderful narrative and strong, well developed characters who compliment each other’s personalities and flaws! Also, this book is so enjoyable to the English market due to Rachel Ward’s brilliantly seamless translation from German into English which retains Buchholz’s (and Chastity’s) dry and sarcastic humour.

I really enjoyed Beton Rouge, it’s a book that if you had the opportunity to, you could easily read in one sitting as it is gripping and a page turner. However, if you don’t have that luxury, it will continue to tempt you to read just a chapter or two in between real life getting in the way…well it did me 🙂

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, and second place 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.

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