March 5, 2021

Far from the Tree – Rob Parker

Deep in the woods, deadly secrets are buried…

Twenty-seven bodies, vacuum-packed, buried in a woodland trench – some have been there for years, some for just days. DI Foley finds himself the Senior Investigating Officer on one of the largest murder cases the country has ever seen. This could make his career.

But as new discoveries unfold, this horrific gangland crime suddenly gets personal. Too personal. Foley has a choice. Solve the crime and risk his family? Or leave well alone? To a man like Brendan, that’s no choice at all…

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Far from the Tree is Audible’s Crime & Thriller Pick for July. And unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks you can’t fail to have seen this Audible Original advertised online or being raved about on Twitter.

Having recently read Rob’s “A Wanted Man” and being an avid listener to The Blood Brothers podcast, I was delighted to use my golden ticket (audible credit) to download a copy of Far from the Tree for myself.

The thing with audiobooks is that the narrator can either make or break a book. If they just don’t click in the first couple of minutes then I’m going to struggle (or give up and waste that precious credit). Luckily, Warren Brown couldn’t be a more perfect voice for this story. His narration of Far from the Tree made it very easy to listen to: I just disappeared off into Warrington and let him tell me all about the twenty seven vacuum packed bodies found in a ditch. Lovely!

Yes, this book is a 5-star gore-fest. The majority of the bodies have been horribly disfigured prior to their being buried and Parker does not scrimp on the descriptions.

Brendan Foley is lead officer on the investigation right up until a family member is dug from the grave. Removed from the case and put on leave he refuses to give up and begins his own variety of digging. With the help of his DS, Isla Maddison*, Foley uncovers some shocking family secrets which put him in the uncomfortable position of choosing between what’s right, his family or his career.

Far from the Tree does delve quite deep into Foley’s conscience and you are left wondering what you would do in a similar situation (although hopefully none of us will ever be in the situation of having a family member brutally murdered along with 27 others, but you know what I mean). If you knew a member of your family was absolutely, without a shadow of a doubt, a bad’un – would you turn them in? Even if it risked ruining your own life in the process?

I really enjoyed Far from the Tree and I’d happily recommend it to anyone with a love of crime fiction. Just… maybe listen to it with headphones so the neighbours don’t get upset.

Far from the Tree can be downloaded from Audible. Or, if audiobooks just aren’t your thing, it will be out in print and ebook formats on 2nd July 2021, published by Lume Books.

*forgive my spelling, a problem with audiobooks is you can’t see how to spell a name!

About the author
Rob Parker is a married father of three, who lives in Warrington, UK. The author of the Ben Bracken thrillers and Crook’s Hollow, he enjoys a rural life on an old pig farm (now minus pigs), writing horrible things between school runs. Rob writes full time, attends various author events across the UK, and boxes regularly for charity.

He spends a lot of time in schools across the North, encouraging literacy, story-telling and creative-writing, and somehow squeezes in time to co-host the For Your Reconsideration film podcast, appear regularly on The Blood Brothers Crime Podcast, and is a member of the Northern Crime Syndicate.

About the performer
Warren Brown is an illustrious actor, voiceover artist and former 2 x World Thai Boxing Champion. Following his performance in the BAFTA-winning, three-part event Occupation, appearing opposite Stephen Graham, Warren went on to star alongside Idris Elba as DS Ripley, the role for which he became most well-known, in the BBC’s multi award-winning series Luther.

Warren can be seen as ‘Sergeant Thomas ‘Mac’ McAllister’ in the highly anticipated reboot of the Emmy-nominated action series, Strike Back, for Sky/HBO Cinemax. Other television credits include Doctor Who, Liar, X Company and RTS Best Drama winning, Good Cop. Film credits include Cargo, Captain Webb and The Dark Knight Rises. Audio drama for Big Finish include multiple series of Doctor Who, U.N.I.T. and the stand alone Audible series Transference.

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