Scarecrow (Danny Sanchez, #1)

Scarecrow (Danny Sanchez, #1) Review

‘You’ve displeased me. You things always do. Now it’s time for us to part.’ He watched, expressionless, as the thing raised a feeble arm; then he released a handle on the winch. The thing slumped, disappeared into the foot wide gap between the walls.
He turned to the pile of loose bricks, looking for his trowel...
– from Scarecrow

When Danny Sanchez, a hard-bitten journalist working in the Almeria region of Spain is sent to cover the demolition of the home of a retired expat couple, he lands a much bigger – and more grisly – story than he bargained for. As the diggers begin to tear down the house, a body, partially decomposed, its face swathed in a strange black sheath, is suddenly revealed dangling in the depths of the brickwork…

From the deeply sinister opening pages, Scarecrow draws the reader down an inexorable, tortuous path of discovery and into the gruesome activities of a serial killer so depraved it almost defies comprehension. Via thuggish cowboy builders, a missing drug-addicted teenage boy, and a house with a stinking secret wall, Danny’s scoop of a lifetime becomes a personal crusade to snare the elusive murderer.

Alternating between Spain and England, the story takes us into the mind of the complex, highly driven Danny. An expert at ferreting out information from even the most recalcitrant of contacts, this skilled journalist will stop at nothing, even risking his own life, to find the answers that have escaped the authorities for decades.

Moving with a Chandleresque efficiency, the narrative is compelling and full of unexpected but highly credible twists; the dialogue stark and often harsh. Pritchard’s mastery lies in the psychology of his characters, his vivid descriptive abilities and his subtle pacing. An essential read for anyone who relishes burning the midnight oil with a superlatively terrifying crime novel, Scarecrow will keep the reader guessing right to the end.

Title:Scarecrow (Danny Sanchez, #1)
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Matt

    First and foremost, a large thank you to Matthew Pritchard and Sapere Books for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.When the publisher ...

  • Lou

    Scarecrow, the first novel to feature tough-as-nails journalist Danny Sanchez, is nothing less than a superb thriller, far superior to many I have experienced. The plot has many different facets to it...

  • Helga

    4.5Danny Sanchez, a perceptive and sharp journalist is covering the story of a house which is in the process of being demolished. But when a body is found buried inside one of the walls, the simple ta...

  • Elaine Tomasso

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Sapere Books for an advance copy of Scarecrow, the first thriller to feature Almería based journalist Danny Sanchez.When a house demolition uncovers a mutilated co...

  • Abby Slater- Fairbrother

    This novel is not for the faint hearted, I repeat definitely, not for the faint hearted! The novel is of the crime genre but it is extremely dark & edgy. It reminded me in a way of The Poet by Michael...

  • Faouzia

    I would like to thank Sapere books and the Author for a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.4,5 Stars rounded to 5 Stars.This book was a very agreeable surprise after hitting a rath...

  • Jackie Roche

    I would like to thank NetGalley and Endeavour Press for giving me the opportunity to read this which I voluntarily reviewed.This is the first book I've read by Mr Pritchard but I'll definitely be read...

  • Darren

    I enjoyed reading this book. I got it as a arc e book from net galley. It had a good story to it. I liked the variety of characters in it. I hope to read more books by this author....

  • Kaisu

    Inhaltlich top! Aber der Schreibstil hat mich nicht vom Hocker gehaun, obs an der Übersetzung lag oder wirklich so stockend ist, kann ich nicht beurteilen....

  • Nathan Robinson

    Scarecrow by Matthew PritchardPublished by Salt Publishing.“When Danny Sanchez, a hard-bitten journalist working in the Almeria region of Spain is sent to cover the demolition of the home of a retir...