Uncommon Cruelty by Liz Mistry


DI Gus McGuire and his team are called in to investigate the disappearance of a teenage boy after his parents return from a weekend away, to find their home trashed and their son missing.

But that is just the beginning.

As the investigation unfolds, Gus must discover what links a violent bikers’ gang, a Muslim youth group and a fundamentalist American based Christian church.

Alongside this, two cases from the past come back to haunt DI Gus McGuire and his DS, Alice Cooper.

Gus has a lot to juggle, but will he cope?

Uncommon Cruelty is the fourth in the DI Gus McGuire series set in Bradford West Yorkshire and is a gritty, Northern Noir read.

My thoughts:

Firstly, this is book four in the DI Gus McGuire series. That really didn’t matter at all. I was able to bond with the characters and enjoy the book as a stand-alone.

After listening to Liz reading a chapter at Wigan Noir last year, I knew I needed to read Uncommon Cruelty. I wasn’t wrong to buy it either. What a rollercoaster of a ride!

For a longer novel, this story sure did fly along. The action and intrigue doesn’t stop all the way through. I enjoyed the complex lives of the teenagers involved, and their characters felt so authentic; from their actions and descriptions, to their voices. As for the main detective, I loved DI Gus McGuire and enjoyed reading the chapters featuring him and Alice.

This novel is gritty and quite often the descriptions are gruesome but they set an authentic scene. The topics used in the story aren’t light by any means, in fact they’re the worst. Rape, murder and sexual assault are prominent. It’s definitely not for those seeking a cosy mystery, but if you like your reads dark, disturbing and realistic, this is one for your reading list. I thought it was fab!


Thanks so much for reading. 💟💟💟
Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestseller, The Next Girl.



About Carla

Welcome to my blog! I’m the author of the DI Gina Harte Series, first book is called The Next Girl. I love and live for writing and reading (and sketching - haha). My other passion is filmmaking. My feature film 'Penny for the Guy' is a work in progress. If you enjoy a bit of horror, look out for it in the future. I'm on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Feel free to join me on other platforms. I blog about many random things but books, travel and art are my favourites.
This entry was posted in Book Reviews and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s