There’s evil and then there’s Patrick Sullivan. A drug dealer, pimp and murderer, there are no depths to which Patrick would not sink, and Detective Inspector Matthew Adams has found this out in the most devastating way imaginable.
When Patrick’s brother is shot dead in a drug bust gone wrong, the bitter battle between the two men intensifies, and Matthew finds it increasingly difficult to hold the moral high ground. All he wants is to make the pimping scum suffer the way he did … the way Lily did.
But being at war with such a depraved individual means that it’s not just Matthew who’s in danger. Patrick has taken a lot from Matthew, but he hasn’t taken everything – and now he wants everything.
Titles in the DI Matthew Adams series include: After She’s Gone – Sins of the Father
Title: After She’s Gone
Series: D I Mathew Adams #1
Author: Sheryl Browne
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Published: February 21, 2017
Publisher: Choc Lit – Death by Choc Lit
My Rating: 5 stars
It’s hard to fathom at times but some people are simply evil to the core. Born that way or developed through a life lived, who knows really – but they exist. Patrick Sullivan is such a man. There is not one single redeeming quality about this bully, he may soften around his daughter but the evil still shines brightly through. Matthew and Sullivan share a history, before one took one side of the law and the other the opposite. I suppose a mental clinic staff could explain how Sullivan came into existence, perhaps he didn’t get his nappy changed often enough as a babe. Analyzing him will not change the fact that he is a murderer, a pimp, a drug dealer, a sadistic piece of crap – and a bully to the very depths of his soul-less existence. And it is his purpose in his miserable life to torment and cause as much emotional, mental or physical pain in Matthew’s life as he possibly can.
Matthew is a somewhat broken man as we meet him. He carries guilt, anger and rage beneath the surface. Sullivan has already taken something precious from Matthew, although he cannot prove it. And that eats away at his soul and has an effect on his marriage.
Aside from the love he has for his wife and the niece they take under their wing, Matthew has one purpose in his life now – bring Sullivan down, by any means necessary.
Sullivan is not done inflicting pain on Matthew or those around him. No, he has only begun.
After She’s Gone is a gripping, page turning journey into the mind of a mad man and the people he takes such pleasure in tormenting, up to and including their deaths. Once you’ve gone past the first page or two do not expect to step off of a fast moving train wreck that will keep you guessing up until the very end if this malicious bully will get what he deserves. And trust me, you will want to see him suffer even more than his victims.
I don’t normally say this, yet this is a story that you will want to remain in until the ending, you will want to know not only what comes next, but how can this evil possibly be taken down – so block a bit of time to totally immerse yourself into this world.
I would highly recommend After She’s Gone for any reader at all, but particularly for those who love a good Thriller, Mystery tale. You will be drawn into the story, very much like seeing a wreck that you cannot take your eyes off of – you need to understand why and see evil get what it deserves. It’s a gripping, bloody, terrifying journey into a fight with a mad man, and getting out alive isn’t guaranteed.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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