When washed-up journalist Harry Hendricks wakes up one morning with a hangover and a strange symbol tattooed on his neck, he shrugs it off as a bad night out. But soon more tattoos appear: grisly, violent images which come accompanied by horrific nightmares – so he begins to dig deeper. Harry’s search leads him to a sinister disappearance, torment from beyond the grave, and a web of corruption and violence tangled with his own past.
One way or another, he has to right the wrongs.Strange Ink synopsis
I love tattoos. My love of body art is beyond reason. I have been in love with it for as long as I can remember. The first tattoo I ever saw was a scroll with my name under a skull on my dads arm. These days I am fairly tattooed myself. This all leads to me being a sucker for any story that centre on tattoos. Throw in supernatural thriller and I’m all yours. Or in this case all Gary Kemble’s.
Harry Hendricks is a talented journalist. However that talent lead to the him crossing powerful people before he even graduated, meaning the big papers passed him over. Harry has been working at local weekly Chermside Chronicle ever since. Now with his friends wedding in days, Bec, Harry’s girlfriend of 6 years breaks up with him and Haryy moves into a new place.
Amid the boxes and confusion Harry starts to have nightmares. Each nightmare brings with it pain and a new tattoo. At first he brushes it off as a drunken mistake, but as the dreams get more intense and detailed Harry knows he has to do something. Discovering that they aren’t nightmares but the memories of a missing SAS soldier Rob finds Harry in a world of trouble. Politics, corruption, drug smuggling, biker gangs, and a story with the potential to be bigger and more dangerous than his first big scoop.
This book was a masterpiece. It grabbed me by the throat from the first line and it just didn’t stop. Fast paced action, constant on the edge of your seat tension, perfectly flowing, Strange Ink is a just one more page, up all night type of read. And that’s exactly what happened. There isn’t anywhere you want to stop, you can’t put it down, you have to know what next. And what’s next? Dark Ink on October 8th.
Gary Kemble can be found here, and on twitter. Strange Ink is available to buy now and Dark Ink can be preordered from any bookseller. Thank you to Titan Books for providing me with a copy of Dark Ink, as always all opinions are my own.