Those who are fans of the DI Alex Finn and DCI Mattie Paulsen series will be delighted to see the crime-fighting duo face another chilling case as The Hunting Ground publishes in hardback with Hodder & Stoughton today.

From the author of The Burning Men and The Killing Choice.

Sadie Nicholls has been found dead, brutally and strangely murdered, in her South East London flat. Her little boy is missing.

DI Alex Finn and DC Mattie Paulsen know that, in the case of a missing child, it’s the first 24 hours that count. They don’t have many left to find out where Sadie’s son might be and the identity of her killer. Why would anyone want a struggling single mother, loved by many, dead?

But when they realise a similar crime was committed at the same house nearly 20 years ago, a question is on everyone’s lips: is this more than just a coincidence?

This is third in Will Shindler’s Finn and Paulsen series – a British detective series that ranks with Mark Billingham, M.J. Arlidge and Stuart MacBride.

It was great to see The Hunting Ground featured in The Sunday Times Crime Club newsletter this week – did you spot it? And we have also seen some fantastic early reviews building on NetGalley as readers have been raving about this latest instalment. Not only has The Hunting Ground garnered 26 reviews already but it has an incredible 5* average rating ahead of publication day – what an amazing start – and a clear sign that readers are loving the series. We’ve handpicked just a few to share with you:

‘Book #3 in the series and it just seems to get better and better. Will Shindler is an author of great talent, who took me on a journey that I couldn’t have possibly foreseen’ 5 STARS

‘An excellent addition to the DI Alex Finn series. I loved the character development and the twist in the clever plot. I have no hesitation in recommending this series, one of the best in the genre’ 5 STARS

‘It all builds to a shock conclusion that I didn’t see coming and leaves one waiting for the next adventure!’ 5 STARS

‘Will Shindler has done it again! Gripped from the very first page, this is a real page turner, compelling, dark, utterly ingenious with the plot, never saw the end coming the way it did. Sheer genius!’ 5 STARS

‘Wow, I really didn’t see that one coming. The author really pulled me in from page one and kept me rapt until the shocking conclusion which left me reeling. Absolutely awesome ending and the

epilogue was inspired.’ 5 STARS

And if that’s not enough, there is a two-week blog tour taking place for fans and bloggers to share their thoughts on the book, so make sure you’re following Will and Hodder & Stoughton on social media to keep up with the latest news and reviews!

Happy Publication Day, Will!