Book Review: Head Case by Ross Armstrong

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Title: Head Case

Author: Ross Armstrong
Genre: Thriller/Mystery
Published: 11/1/18
Star Rating: ⭐ 


He’s the last person you want on your case. And the only one who can solve it.
Tom Mondrian is watching his life ebb away directing traffic as a PCSO, until a bullet to the brain changes everything. With a new unusual perspective, including an inability to recognise faces and absolutely no filter between what he thinks and what he says, Tom’s career is suddenly shifting gear.

Tom’s new condition gives him an advantage over other police officers, allowing him to notice details that they can’t see. Now, with his new insight and unwavering determination, Tom is intent on saving three missing girls, before more start to disappear…

Spoiler-Free Review:

Head Case was something I wasn't expecting to read in 2018, but when I read the synopsis, I changed my mind immediately. I feel like this is such a unique plot, and could have been so good, but I found the read a bit disappointing. 

The start of this book was great, it was a gripping opening about a detective, who narrates the story, who was shot, and the beginning covers this and his recovery - which I found a really interesting opening, and keeping the suspense. The story follows Tom investigating a missing persons case, and the introduction of this book, discussing Tom's life, exploring Tom's character and introducing this case had me gripped early on. However, I found that the latter half of the book was much less thrilling, and was a bit predictable. 

Without exploring the plot too much and giving up spoilers, the basic plot involves Tom getting shot in the head, and then becoming very perceptive to his surroundings, thus becoming a much more useful asset to a police force. However, it also brings negatives with it, in that Tom cannot understand social behaviour anymore and has a difficulty understanding what is fully appropriate anymore. 

I haven't read Ross Armstrong's previous novel, but I would be open to checking it out now, as I do think that this book brings a unique plot and is interesting and suspenseful, at points. I do think that these characters were interesting, likeable, and kept you entertained - they could make a good detective duo for a book series, even. I would recommend this read, and honestly feel as though it is one to divide its' readers.


*This book is released on January, 11th 2018 in the UK*

I received this E-Arc in exchange for an honest review and would like to say thank-you to HQ for providing me with an advanced-readers-copy of this book. 

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