Book Review: The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz

If you asked me about the authors I principally read when I was a child, there are a few authors that without question would come top of the list. Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl, Jacqueline Wilson and Jacqueline Wilson are all obvious answers. Rick Riordan came in my early high school years but an author who was tucked in between all of these authors consistently was Anthony Horowitz. I was a massive fan of the Alex Rider series growing up, to the extent where I actually bought and read the most recent books as an adult in their mid to late twenties. One of my favourite short stories compilation books as a child was Horowitz Horror, particularly around this time of year where everything gets that little bit spookier. Having loved these children’s books, I had no doubt that I’d love his adult works as well and I was recently treated to an advanced reader copy of his most recent adult novel, The Sentence is Death, which is the second in a series following Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne and, strangely, himself. Thank you to the team at Century for my copy of this!

I read the first book in this series last year – The Word is Murder-  and absolutely loved it so needless to say, my expectations were high. I was right to have these expectations as the story was absolutely fantastic and every bit as amazing as I anticipated. Whilst filming an episode of Foyles War, Anthony is once again approached by Daniel Hawthorne – he had previously written a book about Daniel and a murder investigation that had taken place under his watch. Similarly, Daniel had arrived to report that someone had died under suspicious circumstances. A divorce lawyer had been found bludgeoned to death in his home and Daniel wanted Anthony to write another book about this particular investigation. Unable to resist the mystery, Anthony joins Daniel in the whodunnit, using the knowledge he had gained through writing mystery stories to help assist in solving the case.

I really enjoyed The Sentence is Death and found that it was a very easy read – in fact, I found it especially difficult to put down. The story was quick paced and didn’t dwell too long on the smaller details. The mystery aspect of the story was fascinating, and I found myself questioning each and every character and their motives – I actually didn’t guess who the murderer was until right before it was revealed; a rarity, for this seasoned crime and thriller reader. I pride myself on my ability to figure the plot out well in advance of the revelations and not being able to do this on this occasion was quite satisfying. I’m more than ready to get stuck into the third book in this series so I have my fingers crossed that Anthony Horowitz is penning the final words as I write this. If you’re looking for an easy read with a crime twist then The Sentence is Death is definitely the book for you.

The Sentence is Death was published by Century on 1stNovember 2018 and is available to buy now in all the usual places.

4.5/5.