The Terror Within was gifted to me in exchange of an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Book: The Terror Within
Author: Linda Regan
Publication Date: 12th December 2019
Genre: Crime thriller
Rating: 4 stars
Just as DCI Banham and DI Alison Grainger are about to get married, the previous night of street rioting culminates in a policeman being shot and all officers are urgently called to the scene. Banham, a trained hostage negotiator, rushes to the street when he hears his friend, PC Martin Neville, has been shot and taken hostage, along with WPC Hannah Kemp and three civilians. As Banham tries to negotiate, things go from dangerous to critical. PC Neville is in a life-threatening condition, and the clock is ticking to get him to hospital.
Meanwhile Grainger, having been left at the altar, defies orders and is at the station working on the case from the CCTV room. When the pieces begin to fall together, she finds herself in a life-threatening situation. Time is nearly up, and the demands of the hostage-takers are yet to be met. Banham and the hostages’ lives are at risk. And, by a very unexpected turn in circumstance, their fate is now in someone else’s hands.
I never fully read the full synopsis of the terror within but once I started reading I was immediately hooked. Right away we meet our main character who is about to get married but her and her partner get called away due to a fellow officer being hurt and taken hostage.
This story spans over one day as the police are trying to save the hostages and stop these men getting away. This was a really dark and gritty story that involves a bunch of content warnings such as murder, threats of rape, kidnapping, beatings body mutilation and much more. So please be careful when going into this story.
The Terror Within was honestly so tense and the plot twists kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Anytime I needed to put the book down I could not stop thinking about the story and needed to finish it as soon as possible.
This was a fantastic, dark and gritty crime novel that explores some very important topics such as religious beliefs, marriage and the work that police do during times of huge stress just like in this story.
About the Author
Linda is a successful actress, still best known for her portrayal of April, the sweet yellow-coat, in the BBC award winning comedy Hi-De-Hi. Other programmes she has appeared in include: The Bafta nominated Channel five series: Harry and Cosh, The Bill, London’s Burning, Minder, Gentle Touch, The Knock, a Lynda La Plante series: Framed, to name but a few. Also many films, a season with the RSC, and many good theatre roles. To date she has appeared in nearly a hundred commercials.
She has been writing all her life: short stories, radio, fact and fiction. Her first crime novel was published in 2006, and her subsequent novels have all received excellent reviews.