Book Review – Lies Sleeping (Rivers of London #7)

Hello hello and welcome or welcome back to my little bookish corner of the internet. Today I’m sharing my review of Lies Sleeping, the seventh book in the Rivers of London series.

I took a bit of a break after book six in 2021, and then my husband bought me the first graphic novel from the series for Christmas, and jump started my love for the world all over again! You can find my previous reviews, in order, below:

Join Peter Grant, detective and apprentice wizard, for a brand new case . . .

Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud, and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice.

But even as the unwieldy might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long term plan. A plan that has its roots in London’s two thousand bloody years of history, and could literally bring the city to its knees.

To save his beloved city Peter’s going to need help from his former best friend and colleague–Lesley May–who brutally betrayed him and everything he thought she believed in. And, far worse, he might even have to come to terms with the malevolent supernatural killer and agent of chaos known as Mr Punch . . .

Every time I read a Rivers novel, I think it’s my favourite, and the same is true again here. I’ve fallen in love with everyone and everything all over again, and I think I appreciated it even more for the break I took from the world. I wanted to be caught up in time for the new release coming up, Amongst Our Weapons, due out in April.

One of my favourite things about this particular addition to the series was just how much of the history of London was woven in. There’s myths and legends as well as archaeology, and all put together it made me miss London. I haven’t been since the beginning on Covid, and it’s enough to make you miss the very soul of the City as you get lost in what Peter discovers.

We also see a lot of different dynamics represented between Peter and a selection of other characters. Nightgale remains, of course, a firm favourite character of mine, but we also see more of Beverly, Abigail, Dr Walid, and of course, Leslie.

Action packed and emotionally driven, things start moving from the very first page and simply don’t stop. Even in the enforced breathing space (you’ll understand if you’ve read it!) Peter encounters, things keep moving constantly, and once again the book finds the balance between needing your full attention and allowing you to relax into it.

I’ll be reading book eight soon, and I’m already excited, ready for book nine, and possibly a few more graphic novels!

Thanks for stopping by today for this review, and for the other reviews linked into it. This absolutely goes down as one of my favourite series out there, and I can’t wait to see what comes next.


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