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The Chemist
By Lewis Hastings

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Today I am on the blog tour for The Chemist, thanks to the publisher, Hobeck Books for inviting me to review.

The Chemist is Lewis Hasting’s best action-packed, darkly twisted book yet!
Discover more in the blurb and my review below.

The Chemist cover


Fans of Line of Duty will be utterly gripped by Lewis Hastings’ Jack Cade novels. The eagerly awaited follow up to the Seventh Wave Trilogy and The Angel of Whitehall, The Chemist sees the return of Jack Cade and his team to fight a deadly nemesis, one who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. This time, it really is personal.

“Then, with his wrist trembling under pressure, he carved the names of two men into the paper, ripping the surface…


The Seventh Wave organised crime gang is long defeated, its members dead or jailed. Their London-wide campaign of terror a fading memory.


Or is it? An old foe is released from his maximum-security prison cell, with dreams of revenge and a score to settle.

…You. Just. Watch.”

He calls himself, The Chemist, and he’s determined to make anyone who’s crossed him pay. To him, death is just a game of chance, and he’s stacked the odds in his favour. Can Jack Cade save those closest to him from the twisted plans of The Chemist?


The Chemist brings Jack Cade to a dark, thriller of a case, that has great descriptions with added historical and architectural descriptions, creating interest, as does what is happening in the rest of the force and the stakes are high. 

The intrigue is really surrounded by The Chemist himself and the threat he poses creates a chilling atmosphere pretty early on. Unusually, there are classical music references, adding a bit of class in the creepiest of sense that this book generally inhabits.
Cutting through the darkness is some well-placed humour, adding to the entertainment, amongst also the class and speed of the roulette tables.

 The difference (letters instead of numbers) on the roulette table then adds puzzlement and curiosity to want to know more and what’s going to happen next. It creates a darker and less typical use of the roulette table, making it more of an important item in itself and puts a twist on the norm for its usage.

There is high trepidation as to who really committed the crimes. The police are certain they know who it is, but the issue is, there is a lack of evidence to prove it and who is to say they are right. It poses many questions throughout that keeps you guessing.


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