Vivid and compelling, with great evocation of the 1980s period.
Perfectly structured, authentically bred from its bleak and watery setting, Blackwater gives us a new Essex reimagined as a noir landscape.
The smell of the marshes permeates every page . . . This is old-style policing set in an interesting period, and it's an encouraging start to what is likely to be an engaging series.
This is great stuff.
A brilliant read, I can't recommend it highly enough.
A palpable hit . . . [a] dark, but glittering pearl.
Brilliantly engineered police procedural.
James Henry has done it again with another taut, highly atmospheric police procedural!
A fast-moving thriller with strong characters, dark humour and a terrific sense of place. I was totally absorbed by it.
A masterclass in place and landscape.