Black Reed Bay by Rod Reynolds

Back in July 2020 I absolutely loved Blood Red City by Rod Reynolds and so I absolutely jumped at the chance to review his latest thriller Black Reed Bay, as part of the Random Things Tours blog tour. I have to say it was yet another superb and totally gripping read so I’m delighted to be giving it the book love here today. This looks to be a very exciting series indeed and I can’t wait to see what happens next.


When a young woman makes a distressing middle-of-the-night call to 911, apparently running for her life in a quiet, exclusive beachside neighbourhood, miles from her home, everything suggests a domestic incident. Except no one has seen her since, and something doesn’t sit right with the officers at Hampstead County PD.

With multiple suspects and witnesses throwing up startling inconsistencies, and interference from the top threatening the integrity of the investigation, lead detective Casey Wray is thrust into an increasingly puzzling case that looks like it can have only one ending.
And then the first body appears, and Casey’s investigation plunges her into a darkness she could never have imagined…

Black Reed Bay introduces a breathtaking, powerful and addictive new series, fronted by the fantastic Detective Casey Wray, from the CWA-nominated author of Blood Red City and The Dark Inside.

Black Reed Bay by Rod Reynolds is available now on eBook and in paperback.
My thoughts

Crime fiction is a tough genre to stand out in but stand out Rod Reynolds does indeed. It is an absolutely cracking thriller that I found, literally, hard to put down.

Introducing Detective Casey Wray, we follow her investigation into the disappearance of Tina Grace, a young woman who made a desperate 911 call in the early hours of the morning. After the discovery of a female body the hope of finding Tina alive begins to disappear. The investigation takes a deadly turn and Casey becomes more and more invested in discovering the truth, no matter what it costs.

This is an incredible start to the series. Casey is a strong detective, good at what she does and tough enough to take the crap that comes with her position. She seems well respected too – rather refreshing. Rod is also a master at plot and storytelling. So much happens in the pages of this novel but he always manages to keep it fresh and lead you right where he wants you too. It is gripping, hard-hitting at times but an absolutely cracker of a thriller. I can’t wait to see what he brings us next.

Thanks so much to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in this blog tour and to the wonderful Orenda Books for sending me a review copy.

About the author

Rod Reynolds

Rod Reynolds is the author of four novels, including the Charlie Yates series. His 2015 debut, The Dark Inside, was longlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger, and was followed by Black Night Falling (2016) and Cold Desert Sky (2018); the Guardian has called the books ‘pitch-perfect American noir ’. A lifelong Londoner, Rod’s first novel set in his hometown, entitled Blood Red City, was published by Orenda Books in 2020.

Rod previously worked in advertising as a media buyer, and holds an MA in novel writing from City University London. He lives with his wife and family and spends most of his time trying to keep up with his two young daughters.

Follow him on Twitter @Rod_WR.

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