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Degrees of Darkness

Published Tuesday 19 September 2017.

Pre-teen girls are being abducted from their homes and their families murdered. When Frank Rogers, once a DI with the Met and now running his own debt collection agency, is told that his own daughter is missing, his son murdered, he naturally wants to become involved with the case.

Soon Frank’s face is all over the news. In an unexpected turn of events, the killer contacts the police and says he is willing to talk, but only to Frank.

When the body of the first abducted girl is discovered, Frank realises it is a race against time to save his daughter.

In order to solve the case, Frank must work out how the killer is picking his victims.

But how do you catch a murderer who is hiding in plain sight? And can Frank solve the mystery, when he has so much to lose?

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'This is an awesome read that for me that put it on a scare factor alongside Stephen King and Thomas Harris.  The heart breaking opening will make most readers just stand back and take a breath. Frightening, terrifying and imprinted on your mind for every time you say goodnight to your children before you double-check and triple check your doors are locked and bolted again.'

"Degrees of Darkness is an excellent read and it is one of my favourite books this year."

"A brilliant, hard to put down book that leaves you reeling, and thinking about it long after the final page. Excellent."

"It is brilliantly written, without excessive gore – a mark of a true craftsman. I absolutely loved it, and would HIGHLY recommend."

"If you read books of this genre then this is up there with the best."

"A brilliant unputdownable book."

"Wow... from the very first page it had me hooked. Excellent book. Gets you using your imagination. Couldn't put it down..."

'This book is simply brilliant from start to finish. I loved everything about it, from the memorable, unique and identifiable characters to the wonderfully deep, twisted and well thought-out plot.'

'Beautifully written, had me hooked right from the start. Plot had me completely gripped trying and failing to second guess.'

'The opening to this story definitely sets a terrifying scene and I have to admit to double checking the locks before I went to sleep.'

'There are plenty of edge of your seat moments that made me gasp in shock but also made me want to keep on reading without stopping.'

'When the story is shown from Laura's perspective you can really get a sense of the situation she is in and also her strong survival instinct. From Tony J Forder's descriptions it really puts the reader right in that environment with Laura's character as if you are experiencing it with her.'

'I was hooked on this book pretty quickly, literally a few pages and there I was, Hooked! It was as I read about a killer being in the house of the victim. What unfolds after that is a brutal psychological game of cat and mouse between an ex-cop and the killer.'

'I would highly recommend this book to readers who like their psychological thrillers to be dark and sinister, with layers of plots. If this is you …..Get this book, you will not be disappointed.'

'What a fabulous story from the opening scene it just exploded into a world of pure crazy in the mind of one of the most damaged and twisted serial killers that I have read.'

'This really is a writer at his best.'

'Loved it! loved it! Loved it!'

'I have to say Degrees of Darkness takes this author to a whole new level..I read this in one day...This is absolutely superb storytelling... A dark chilling psychological read...'

'It was superbly written with great characterisation and some genuine edge of your seat moments.'

'From start to finish I felt I was reading this in the edge of my seat while holding my breath. It really is that kinda read.'

'If you're looking for a gripping read then I really do recommend this read. I found this to be a compelling yet gruesome read. Great praise to this author. I'm looking forward to reading more from him.'

'Wow read this over the weekend, couldn't put it down! The style if writing gripped me from the start. Highly recommend...'

'The voices of the characters were spot on, and the eeriness of where Laure was kept captive and some of the scenes where stomach clutching, but brilliantly written to bring in the reality and horror. A cleverly written story which weaved and flowed with expertise.'

'Tony has created a character who is evilness personified.'

'The book is well written gripping and gets right into your mind and feelings as you are taken on a fast paced journey through a book it is impossible to put down.'

'The characters are absolutely perfect. '

'An absolutely brilliant page turner that will give the reader much to think about.'

'If you like a sick and twisted serial killer then they really don't come more twisted than in this book. A definite must read for fans of this genre.'

'The book is well written gripping and gets right into your mind and feelings as you are taken on a fast paced journey through a book it is impossible to put down. '

'The characters are absolutely perfect. The author has built compassion and a dogged determination to survive into complex and realistic characters. He takes this realism to a whole new level as we learn how much a person can endure before there comes a breaking point and how that breaking point can cause a domino effect of actions that it is difficult to stop.'

'Degrees of Darkness is a gripping read that I felt compelled to finish. It does make for uncomfortable reading in parts but I felt I owed it to Frank and Laura to see how it ends and I'm so glad I did. If you like a sick and twisted serial killer then they really don't come more twisted than in this book. A definite must read for fans of this genre.'

'“I am the dark, and you should fear me…” As soon as I read this line at the start of the book, I knew it would be one that I wouldn’t want or be able to put down!  I read the book in one sitting and was completely enthralled in the story!  The writing style was spot on, the pace was great and the characters were brilliant – I really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good crime read – 5 stars from me and definitely looking forward to more of the same from this author!!'

'The serial killer in this book is one of the creepiest and most disturbing I have read for a while but I found it utterly fascinating.
As for the story, it really builds until a nail biting ending, you hope and pray that Frank gets his daughter back.'

'Degrees of Darkness certainly took me on a journey to the dark-side and beyond! This is an intensely chilling book. The author suckered me in from the beginning and never really let go. My heart was in my mouth a lot of the time.'


'This is a gritty police crime thriller and is definitely not for the faint-hearted. There are several gruesome situations played out but the seemingly innocent ‘milk’ incident has put me off for life! The utter repulsion stayed with me for days such was the quality of the writing!'

'Let me just say that is expertly written. The author takes us on a tumultuous and gripping ride that you cannot step out of until you have reached the end.'

'Degrees of Darkness is an engrossing and haunting thriller!.'

'Oh my gosh why have I not 'found' this author before? Highly recommended and I shall be following this author from now on. Hope we see a lot more of his work.'

'This book has you wondering "what next" the whole way through. A dark mixture of horror and mystery to keep you guessing.
Highly recommended.'

'A fantastic read.I couldn't put it down.Read it in 3 days.The main character is a very sick individual. Looking forward to the next book.'

"Wow! What a thriller of a read .. my first book by this author, it certainly won't be my last! Tense, chilling and gripping from start to finish .. but maybe not for the feint hearted. Highly recommended."

"Another great novel from Tony Forder. Kept me engrossed from the word go."

"If I could have given this book more than five stars I certainly would. It is sensational and I think the best thriller I have ever read. I hope he writes some more. In my opinion it's not for the faint-hearted. Brilliant."

"Gosh it's so eerie which makes you feel uncomfortable as the story gallops along at such a pace. At one point I had to put my Kindle down because I didn't want to finish the book.....It is that thought provoking and the evil characters are made to feel so real it scared the life out of me."

"Wow, absolutely blown away by this book. The author grabs you by the hair and drags you into the madness of the story. I have never felt so repulsed by some of the storylines in a book. Not so repulsed I couldn't finish it. On the contrary I couldn't put it down."

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