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Hold Your Tongue

(DI Eve Hunter #1)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  119 ratings  ·  91 reviews
A brutal murder.

A young woman’s body is discovered with horrifying injuries, a recent newspaper cutting pinned to her clothing.

A detective with everything to prove.

This is her only chance to redeem herself.

A serial killer with nothing to lose.

He’s waited years, and his reign of terror has only just begun . . .

Introducing DI Eve Hunter, HOLD YOUR TONGUE is your new
Paperback, 416 pages
Expected publication: December 26th 2019 by Corgi (first published November 2019)
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Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first in a gritty crime series featuring the Chief Investigating Officer of the Aberdeen Police's Major Incident Team, DI Eve Hunter, by Deborah Masson. We have a post-oil boom, grey and grimy Aberdeen, the Granite City, in the throes of a depression with the accompanying poverty, discount stores and charity shops. After 6 months off on sick leave, Eve has been cleared to return to work, although left with a limp after a serious attack on her that additionally left her colleague, DS ...more
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hold Your Tongue is the sort of book that would make for an intense, fast-paced TV show—the kind that you would want to binge watch at the cost of sacrificing your sleep.

DI Eve Hunter returns to the force after a six month absence due to a harrowing event that ruined her life and the lives of those around her; an event she blames herself for. While burdened with the guilt, Eve is tasked with investigating a series of brutal murders that have taken place in Aberdeen. The murderer's MO is unlike
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a creditable debut novel from Deborah Masson which despite a few reservations I did enjoy. The central character is DI Eve Hunter who returns to work after a six month absence to investigate a series of very gruesome murders. What unfolds is a twisty and gruesome tale which costs the lives of several victims. The story is told principally from Eve’s perspective interspersed with the killer Then and Now. This works well and dangles tantalising hints which adds intrigue.

I think the team
Mandy White
When I read the synopsis for Hold Your Tongue by Deborah Masson I was instantly intrigued and wanted to know more. It is a dark and gruesome police procedural set in Aberdeen and I must warn you that it will not be for everybody as it quite violent and descriptive.

The story opens with the body of a young girl being discovered in a hotel room. She has been brutally murdered - and her tongue has been removed. Reading this I did feel quite ill but I have read worse. DI Eve Hunter and her team are
Elaine Tomasso
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Random House UK, Transworld Publishers for an advance copy of Hold Your Tongue, the first novel to feature Aberdeen based DI Eve Hunter.

On her first day back at work after six months recuperation for an injury sustained on the job Eve is plunged straight in to a murder inquiry. The body of a young woman has been found in a hotel room and the ritualistic aspects of her death are enough to worry Eve and her team. Correctly as it turns out because she’s not the
Priya Shrinath
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review to come with #BlogTour
Tracy Wood
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
Coming back from six months of enforced sick leave most people would hope for a little time to get back into the swing of things. Unfortunately for DI Eve Hunter that isn't even a remote possibility after a young girl's body is found at a local Aberdeen hotel with all the signs pointing to a possible serial killer.

As the body count begins to rise the hostility Eve receives from colleagues and the local press bring previous mistakes back into the limelight and her insecurities to the fore. When
Marc Bougharios
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

DI Eve Hunter is back on the job after a personal
matter. When the body of a woman is found with her tongue missing and a newspaper cutting pinned to her clothing, it’s clear that the killer is trying to send a message. Eve has everything to prove, and this is her one chance to redeem herself and show that she is ready to be back on the team. The clock is ticking for Eve as bodies begin to show up everyday and she comes closer and closer to finding out who the killer is. Hold Your
Keith Chawgo
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Morgan’s incredibly gritty thriller excels where others have difficulty matching with its troubled characters, backstory and gruesome crimes providing a whirlwind of crime and tension. This is a novel that hits all the right marks that most crime stories often lack.

The characters are richly written and stand on their own against the backdrop that Morgan uses. They are well developed and provide enough angst, pain, suffering and pathos to keep you interested but at the same time staying very true
Ann Girdharry
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
DI Eve Hunter returns to work after an incident in which one of her colleagues was injured. Her team don’t trust her and she’s not sure she trusts herself. When the bodies start piling up she needs to get her team on board and push through them blaming her for past mistakes.

Be prepared for some gritty and gruesome murders in which the victims lose a body part. Plus we get to meet the killer and hear their thoughts. This added a lot of tension because the killer really is merciless and clever.

Danni (_forbookssake)
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-tours, favorites
From the very first chapter, Hold Your Tongue is horrifying, and brutal, and exactly what I was hoping for from this book! We are thrown straight in to the story with a flashback of an awful attack, and an opening that will have you hooked for the rest of the story. From that moment onwards this book just gets better and better.

DI Eve Hunter is an excellent protagonist. Her background story, and personal struggles are just as intense as the main story, and they make the entire book so much more
Given the title of this police procedural, you should realise the nature of the novel and therefore the nature of the crimes within. Gruesome is not the word. Aberdeen does not come out well in this storyline! It's well evoked by street names, history of the Granite City and its people etc. But this won't be on any tourist board websites anytime soon.

Boy this is dark. Gruesome and dark. They say Aberdeen is the granite city? Well now it’s the gory and gruesome city too if this novel is anything
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
DI Eve Hunter has been recovering from a vicious attack and returning to work where her team don’t trust her and she has something to prove. When bodies start to turn up missing a vital part of their anatomy can her team get past their issues to work with her?
This was a great start to what I hope will be a new series. The characters were believable and tartan noir crime is getting better and better with books like these. Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for this arc in exchange for my
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Where do I begin? Utterly unputdownable. Masson had me hooked from the very beginning of the book. This debut novel was so up my street. The characters back stories were just as interesting as the main plot. Twists and turns throughout. I thought I'd guessed the ending twice. Both times I was wrong. I did not see that ending coming. I do hope Masson brings these characters back for another book.
A wonderful debut. Bravo.
Thank you to #netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read a brilliant
Steph  Sheppard
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hold Your Tongue - Deborah Masson

This is a pretty decent debut novel from Ms Masson, I've got high hopes for the next instalment of this Scottish police procedural set in Aberdeen. My own personal preference is for characters to be written as they'd speak using slang spellings for local dialect etc (where its appropriate obviously). I enjoyed this book taking us straight in to the action shocking me with the actual physical violence, only a special kind of twisted could inflict those kind of
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you are looking for a new police procedural series to get your teeth into, this could be the one. It's gritty, gruesome and very good.
This is a case that needs a speedy resolution, but there are plenty of bumps in the road that mean that might not be possible. One of those bumps is the tension that Eve feels, returning to work after 6 months following an injury, and her guilt about what happened the night of her injury. There is also tension amongst her team, some of whom have reservations
Yzabel Ginsberg
[I received a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]

I think this is the very first novel set in Aberdeen that I read, which kind of surprises me, since I assume there are plenty of stories set in that city. Since I’ve never visited it either, I had absolutely no idea what it looks like, so I couldn’t rely on my own knowledge of it. We get a few streets’ names to place the action, but not so many that it becomes confusing, and what the city’s areas stand for (posh districts,
Jayne Anderson
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My Review

This is without a doubt the best police procedural I have read in a long time.From page one the author hooked me in and I was gripped, there was no let up until the very last sentence. For a debut novel this was outstanding.

I find with some police procedural's that chapter one is always gripping and then the action dies off a bit and it goes a bit flat for a while but not with this book. We are launched into the story at the scene of a crime taking place twenty years ago and are swiftly
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was intrigued by the title, description and cover of Deborah Masson's debut novel and excited to be given the opportunity by NetGalley to read this ahead of its publication. I immediately thought I'd made a big mistake as this is quite violent and unnervingly descriptive from the very first page, making it quite uncomfortable reading in places. I'm not sure why it shocked me as the clue is very much in the title " Hold Your Tongue" referring to the serial killer removing his victims' tongues ...more
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This... is one of the most gruesome books I have ever read in my life. I was quite taken aback, but really, with that title, what else should I have expected? Either way, this dragged on more than I would have liked. There is potential for sure, but I could barely wait for it to end.

After an accident that caused significant injuries to DI Eve Hunter, she is forced to take a six-months break. Circumstances have required her to undergo treatment. During this period, she drowns herself in guilt and
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My thanks to NetGalley and publisher Random House UK - Transworld Publishers, for the ARC.

Well, DI Eve Hunter and her team in Aberdeen have entered our literary world spectacularly in Deborah Masson's debut novel. What a start to (I hope) a new detective series.

Eve has returned to work after 6 months recovering from a brutal attack inflicted on her and her partner Sanders. Eve's damaged leg has given her a limp and she needs painkillers. Sanders was most badly hurt in the attack and is now back
Anne M
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
The official description:
A brutal murder. A young woman’s body is discovered with horrifying injuries, a recent newspaper cutting pinned to her clothing. A detective with everything to prove. This is her only chance to redeem herself. A serial killer with nothing to lose. He’s waited years, and his reign of terror has only just begun . . . Introducing DI Eve Hunter, HOLD YOUR TONGUE is your new obsession.

My review:
After an accident that caused major injuries to DI Eve Hunter and left a
Kim Ebner
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book got off to a cracking start with a Prologue that was not only absolutely gripping, but totally intense. My skin crawled as I realized what the man intended to do with the kitchen tongs and the bread knife (I’ll say no more). And all this before I’d even reached Chapter 1.

Quite simply put, this is a fantastic debut novel. It’s dark, gritty, slightly gruesome without being overly so, and it introduces us to DI Eve Hunter and her team for the first time. And I liked Eve, I really did.
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars
This is a series opener and, as such, there is quite a bit of character introduction. This is mostly in balance with the crime solving that is going on but MC DI Eve Hunter has a bit of a complex past that is not wholly divulged until quite late on in the book so that does overshadow things a bit for a while. Due to the nature of her past, her injuries and the attitudes towards her by members of her team, it's a bit frustrating initially as the reasons behind them are scant. That said,
Oct 31, 2019 added it
A dark and shocking thriller. Hold Your Tongue is a police procedural and the first in the DI Eve Hunter series set in Aberdeen. This is a great debut. The plot follows the investigation into a series of gruesome murders. The violence and description of way the victims died is gory and Masson doesn’t hold back. I particularly liked the chapters told from the point of view of the killer and their identity isn’t revealed until the end, as the police reach a number of dead ends in their ...more
Jacqueline  sharp
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent debut novel, a police procedural with a great team of characters. DI Eve Hunter is Chief Investigating Officer with the Aberdeen Major Incident Team. She has been off work for six months, after her and her work colleague and friend D.C. Nicola Sanders are injured after being called out to an incident.

Eve is going back to work under the proviso that she continues to be seen by the police psychiatrist, she is also still taking pain meds for her recent injury which still
Kathy Heaton
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic debut!

I found myself checking the blurb as I could not believe this was a first book by a new author! It is very well written, easy to read (but not so easy to put down!), the characters are well developed and their back-stories described perfectly.

DI Eve Hunter returns to work after a previous incident left her mentally and physically injured with her former partner permanently incapacitated. She returns on the same day a body is found and, despite his reservations, her boss, DCI
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I so so hope this is the first of a series!

Absolutely fantastic read, definitely in my top 3 of the year. A real thrilling read with real premise and the most explosive ending, I honestly had NO idea how this would end and was literally turning pages so fast until the early hours just to find out "who done it".

The crimes are brutal, gruesome and intricate but are written amazingly well, I loved the POV from the killer aswell which really had me guessing the whole way through.

I must admit when I
Angela Groom
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Deborah Masons debut novel - Hold your tongue certainly packs a punch and grabs you from the off.
Well done on writing a thriller thats dark and moody and intense and you don’t guess who did it!

I liked the characters all with their own problems, like-able and you definitely put yourself in their shoes.
I can imagine this being made into a movie or tv show.

Set in Aberdeen, DI Eve Hunter is returning to work after a six month break. With reference to a limp following a severe attack that also left
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a debut book by this author and I think she has a long and bright future ahead if this book is anything to go by and I cannot wait to read the next one.

Hold your tongue is a brilliant debut and one that most authors dream of. It gripped me right from the start. I wanted to keep reading and wish I had saved it till holiday as I'm sure it would have been a read in one sitting book.

It had just the right amount of gore, detective investigation and then the POV from the killer. The crimes
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