Title: Sirens (An Aiden Waits Thriller #1)
Author : Joseph Knox
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group (NY)
Publication Date: 02/20/18
Dates Read: 02/12/18 – 02/16/18
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
**This book has already been released in the UK in 2017. The US publication date of Sirens is 02/20/18. The second installment in the Aiden Waits series, The Smiling Man will be released in the US on March 8th, 2018.
Sirens is a very unique crime thriller. The main character, Aiden Waits is not your typical cut-and-dry homicide detective that we so often see in these types of novels. Aiden is a detective with a bad track record and let’s be honest.. he’s a total mess.
“‘Tell him it’s Waits.’
He frowned. ‘The kind you lift?’
‘No,’ said a voice from inside the room.
‘The kind that drag you down. Come on in, Aiden.'”
Being on thin ice in his career, Aiden’s boss considers him to be an ‘expendable employee’ and places him on an undercover assignment that many would consider a suicide mission. His task is to get involved with the inner workings of the Franchise, a complex drug network led by Zain Carver, a long standing drug king who has dodged the law time and time again. Knowing that he was already involved with the Franchise group, David Rossiter summons Waits to ask him (without much choice) to help locate and watch out for his daughter Isabelle, who has gotten herself wrapped up with Zain Carver and his ‘associates’, adding to the drama of Aiden’s undercover assignment.
You have to give it to him… Aiden is good at playing the part (almost too good). Drugs, drinking, and parties become a regular routine for him and he quickly gains the trust of Zain Carver. But soon Aiden becomes more wrapped up in the Franchise than he would have preferred, and realizes he may be in over his head.
Things I really loved about this novel:
- The characters and drama were very raw and authentic. While it wasn’t pretty, it was realistic and captures all the ugliness that surrounds drug franchises, gang activity, and political corruption.
- I could not figure out the ending until the ‘big reveal’! Normally I can get some good theories flowing, but this one stumped me and everything I thought ‘was’… ‘wasn’t’.
- Knox makes readers so quickly and deeply invested in the characters and plot that this book will undoubtedly become glued to your hands! You will not be able to put this one down!
All-in-all.. a fantastic urban noir that follows an anti-hero detective through a roller coaster of deceit, betrayal, violence, and corruption. A very entertaining read!
Thank you to Joseph Knox, Crown Publishing Group, and NetGalley for my digital advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review. The receipt of this galley in no way effects my judgement and all thoughts/opinions presented in this review are my own.