Book Review: A Wash of Black by Chris McDonald

Thank you to Dylan at Red Dog Press for giving me the chance to review A Wash of Black by Chris McDonald.



Anna Symons. Famous. Talented. Dead.

When the body of a famous actress is found mutilated on an ice rink in Manchester, recreating a scene from a blockbuster film she starred in years ago, DI Erika Piper must find the culprit; the media-dubbed ‘Blood Ice Killer.’

Having recently returned to work after suffering a near fatal attack herself, she must once again prove her worth. When another body is found, and the killer issues a personal threat, Erika has to put her demons aside and crack the case, or suffer the deadly consequences.


What a fantastic, gripping read, from start to finish. A Wash of Black was a wonderfully chilling read. I dont want to say too much as I don’t want to give the story away but this was so well written that it didn’t feel as though it was a debut novel. I enjoyed the story but I also enjoyed how the characters were portrayed, they felt real. This was such a captivating read that I had to force myself to put down to get some sleep. I look forward to see what else happens in the DI Erika series but also what else Chris has to offer.


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Author Bio:

Originally hailing from the north coast of Northern Ireland and now residing in South Manchester, Chris McDonald has always been a reader. At primary school, The Hardy Boys inspired his love of adventure, before his reading world was opened up by Chuck Palahniuk and the gritty world of crime.

He’s a fan of 5-a-side football, has an eclectic taste in music ranging from Damien Rice to Slayer and loves dogs.


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