Book Description:

A murder with all the trappings of an occult sacrifice. It’s DC Kate O’Connell’s first case.

Will it also be her last?

Keen to prove herself to her superiors Kate fights to break through the lies that surround the victim’s life. But the ritualistic nature of the crime dredges up disturbing memories of a past tragedy.

While wrestling with the demons of her past, Kate learns that her partner has a few skeletons in his own closet. His reputation threatens to taint the investigation and ruin her career before it starts.

Kate must break the silence surrounding the victim to get to the truth before it’s too late, and the death toll rises.
Join Kate as she descends into a murky world of murder and conspiracy in the English Home Counties, in a Thriller that bestseller J D Kirk describes as: “An exciting new voice in British Crime fiction.”
Readers of J D Kirk, L J Ross, David Blake, and Daniel Cole, and fans of True Detective and Seven should enjoy The Upper Hand

Author Bio:

A L Fraine lives in Surrey in the UK, just outside of London, with his wife, kids, cat and dog.
Having enjoyed reading thrillers and watching gripping drama for years, it was the influence of a couple of more recent shows that spurred him on to put pen to paper and write his first thriller, The Upper hand.
The Upper Hand was inspired by True Detective, and Se7en, and the creepy vibe that they had.
The prequel to the Upper Hand, “First Hand”, is available for free for those who sign up to his mailing list, here;
The Sequel to The Upper Hand, titled “Idle Hands”, is available for Pre-Order now.
If you would like to know more about A L Fraine and his books, you can find him at
My Thoughts

I really am not sure how I feel about this book as it wasn’t as easy book to follow.

Did I like this book? Yes it was well written but I am slightly confused with the writing style.

The characters were great and seemed to have lots of personality which is more what I prefer than a stronger story.

Would I pick up another book by this author? Yes I definitely would get another book by this author. This book while not really my style of writing still was written well with a character style that is strong.

I mist thank the publisher and Sarah Hardy and the author for the ARC of this book and for inviting me on the tour.

2 thoughts on “The Upper Hand by AL Fraine blogtour review”

  1. Thank you for your kind review of my book. Very much appreciated.
    I’m glad you liked it. Sorry you weren’t as keen on my writing style, but I appreciate your honesty.
    Thanks again. 🙂

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