S5 Uncovered – James Durose-Rayner

S5 UncoveredISBN-10 1910782564

ISBN 13 978-1910782569

Author James Durose-Rayner

Publisher Clink Street Publishing

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

From Goodreads

Based around a series of true events. The BBC’s current affairs programme ‘Panorama’ undertook a sixty minute documentary / expose surrounding an elite government task force that went undercover in Sheffield over a period of twelve months. Their remit was to use the Proceeds of Crime Act to fill up the police federations coffers using illegally gained intelligence, on one hand overlooking – and in some cases encouraging – major criminal activity such as murder, kidnap and torture; whilst on the other, surreptitiously acquiring pre-bargained guilty pleas from defendants then reneging on deals, which culminated in some of the heaviest sentences ever handed out in the UK.

But the programme was never aired.

What did I think?

If you want a book that gets you excited from the very first chapter then I would suggest you pick up a copy of S5 Uncovered. I wasn’t expecting S5 Uncovered to build so much excitement within me from the first few pages but it did, it got me hooked and made me want to settle down for a good read.

Now, I know I said that the book got me excited from the beginning but unfortunately the momentum dropped off pretty quickly. At a hefty 908 (!) pages, S5 Uncovered isn’t a read that can be read in a couple of days and I personally think that due to it being such a mammoth read it lost a lot of the excitement building. I found S5 Uncovered to be slightly ‘busy’ and sometimes it did feel a little bit messy. There are a lot of characters in the book and they’re not really that distinguishable from one another all the time – this made for difficult reading as you’re trying to remember what their story is and how they fit in.

The thing that kept me reading despite the struggles I faced was the fact that this is based on a true story. The possibility that this is a situation currently happening in somewhere so close to home kept me wanting to read on – the situations and scenarios did seem quite far-fetched at times which took the ‘reality’ element away from it a bit, but that being said it may well be happening and it could be something we’re all oblivious to!

My Rating? ♥♥♥

Will you be adding this to your TBR pile?

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