The Rave By Nicky Black

Valley Park Series = Book 2 

   It’s 1989, the second Summer of Love, and Tommy Collins is doing what he does best: organising all-night raves on a shoestring, and playing a game of cat and mouse with the police. But Detective Chief Inspector Peach is closing in on him, and his dreams of a better life are beginning to slip through his fingers.    DCI Peach finds it all a nuisance, a waste of his force's time, until he finds his teenage daughter unconscious at one of Tommy's raves. Then the chase becomes personal, and his need to make Tommy pay becomes an obsession.     The Rave is a fast-paced, gritty portrayal of life on the edges of society at the end of a decade that changed Britain forever.


It’s 1989, the second Summer of Love, and Tommy Collins is doing what he does best: organising all-night raves on a shoestring, and playing a game of cat and mouse with the police. But Detective Chief Inspector Peach is closing in on him, and his dreams of a better life are beginning to slip through his fingers.

DCI Peach finds it all a nuisance, a waste of his force's time, until he finds his teenage daughter unconscious at one of Tommy's raves. Then the chase becomes personal, and his need to make Tommy pay becomes an obsession.

The Rave is a fast-paced, gritty portrayal of life on the edges of society at the end of a decade that changed Britain forever.

Nicky has really captured the scene of 1989


Looking back at the era, when newspapers were full of headlines warning of the dangers of drugs, raves being held, and one particular story always stuck in my mind - even to this day.


I was actually stopped once by the police on a Saturday evening, when I was making my way home and they were asking if I knew where the local reave was and if I would be attending. I had no clue where it was.


The characters are dark, shady, and multi faceted we get to see how they set up the rave, the involvement it took. We are also given Peach as a character, and although I didn't warm to him straight away, I did have an emotional attachment to him when he had his scenes with his daughter Sally.


I have been waiting for Nicky's second book since reading the Prodigal, and these can be read in either order, and are must reads for grit crime lovers - for those that like d ark edgy books, that are seeped in multi layers and watching Tommy getting hooked and his life spiralling out of control... is a must.


The Summer of Love, wasn't light and fluffy as it should have been, a fun summer of partying and forgetting the angst of youth. Nicky Black definitely caught the reality of the era and made it addictive fiction.