It is no secret that I love Jeffrey Archer. His books are some of my favorites and you will find many reviews for his work on my blog. So when I heard that the second book in the Warwick series was coming out, I immediately preordered the book and waited for my copy of Hidden In Plain Sight to arrive. So what did I think about it? Read on to find out.
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About The Book
William Warwick has been promoted to Detective Sergeant, but his promotion means that he, along with the rest of his team, have been reassigned to the Drugs Squad. They are immediately tasked with apprehending Khalil Rashidi, a notorious drug dealer, who operates his extensive network out of South London.
As the investigation progresses, William runs into enemies old and new: Adrian Heath, from his school days, now a street dealer who he convinces to turn informer; and financier Miles Faulkner, who makes a mistake that could finally see him put behind bars. Meanwhile, William and his fiancée Beth enjoy making preparations for their upcoming wedding, though an unpleasant surprise awaits them at the altar.
As William’s team closes the net around a criminal network like none they have ever faced before, he devises a trap they would never expect, one that is hidden in plain sight . . .
Author: Jeffrey Archer
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Date Of Publication: 29th October 2020
No. Of Pages: 304
Source: Self Bought
Hidden In Plain Sight is the second novel in the William Warwick series and the story starts off where the first book ends. DS William Warwick has been shifted to the Drug squad and his team is tasked with finding a major supplier. In the process, he comes head to head with his old enemy Miles Faulkner (who we met in book one). Meanwhile, his wedding preparations with Beth get underway.
I had such high hopes for this book. I loved book one, Nothing Ventured which is why I immediately pre-ordered this book as soon as it came out. Am I disappointed? A bit. But that does not take away the good from the book. I loved reading about the drug busts and investigations. I loved meeting old characters and new ones, but something was missing. Unfortunately, this led to the average rating from me.
The book is short and easy to read. I’d suggest reading the first book in the series before reading this one. There are many references to the previous book that may leave you confused. As always, the writing is great and keeps you engrossed throughout. But I found the book a bit too fast? One minute you are doing something and in the very next sentence, you are somewhere else. I read a couple of reviews online and many readers had the same problems that I had. A few scenes were abrupt and boring?
Hidden In Plain Sight had the potential to be an amazing read but it did fall short in a few areas. I am sad. This book wasn’t anything that I thought it would be. To be honest, while I did enjoy the story as a whole, I am not sure if I would recommend this to anyone. If you are an Archer fan and a loyal reader then yes, you can give this a try. If not, then I’d suggest his other books for you to try before getting into this. There are a few more books that are coming out in the Warwick series and I look forward to them. And I hope, the rest of the books won’t be as disappointing as this one.
About The Author
Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare (born 15 April 1940) is an English author and former politician. He was a Member of Parliament and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party and became a life peer in 1992. He is married to Mary Archer, a scientist specializing in solar power. Outside politics, he is a novelist, playwright, and short-story writer.