Blog Tour: One Last Prayer for the Rays by Wes Markin – Book Review

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Hello fellow book nerds! Today is my stop on the blog tour for Wes Markin’s debut release One Last Prayer for the Rays. If you know me then you know I love my fantasy novels. But everyone needs a break now and then. When I take a break, I love doing Crime and Thriller novels. They’re a refreshing break and keep me on the edge of my seat.

So, when I was approached to read and review this novel, I was sold. Friends, this was so good. I devoured the book in about a day and I will definitely be following DCI Michael Yorke.

Do you like crime and thrillers?

Happy Reading!

Rating according to Goodreads:
5-It was amazing
4- Really liked it
3- Liked it
2- It was okay
1- Did not like it

“I told you quitting was nonsense, because you’re a copper, and it’s in your blood.”

One Last Prayer for the Rays


Wes Markin


5 out of 5 stars


Taken from Goodreads

School should be the safest place in the world. Not this winter.

DCI Michael Yorke faces his most harrowing case yet.

When 12-year-old Paul disappears from school, Yorke’s only clue is a pool of animal blood. Fearing the worst, he turns toward the most obvious suspect, recently released local murderer, Thomas Ray.

But as the snow in Salisbury worsens, Ray’s mutilated body is discovered, and Yorke is left with no choice but to journey into the sinister heart of a demented family that has plagued the community for generations. Can he save the boy? Or will the evil he discovers change him forever?



I can say with all seriousness that I devoured this book. The beginning, literally, starts off with a bang and does not stop. This is what I expect from my thriller/crime books. Not one moment is light but full of suspense and pushing forward. There isn’t much time wasted on the history of the characters but it is revealed little by little throughout the story and enough to make me connect with them. Each turn of events had me wanting more. After one thing happened, there was another to follow which helped propel the story. While there were some questionable situations, it did not deter the story but just helped drive it further. This was so greatly paced with no dull moments. The reveal was one I wasn’t expecting and it was a great twist at the end.

There were multiple points of view in this book but Yorke was the main. This was very cleverly done and was not wasted. Each point of view offered something for the case and really helped drive the story. This also helped create the connections to the characters in an appropriate way. I really enjoyed Yorke’s character and how he tries to solve this case that is personal to all of them. Jake was another great character to follow and I really hope we don’t lose his point of view in future novels. The change of voices were so well done allowing each personality to really pour out of the pages.


Final Thoughts

Overall, One Last Prayer for the Rays by Wes Markin was a great introduction book to DCI Yorke. This was so well written creating tense scenes and creating an engaging story that it was hard to put down. When I read a crime or thriller book, I expect it to be exciting with little dull moments and this book delivered just that. The characters were so well developed with no long background information to really help drive the story. Each character has their background given a little throughout the narration creating that connection to each one. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a great new crime or thriller novel, I will definitely be continuing this series.

“Gardner nodded and sighed. “Why is nothing ever simple?”

Yorke said, “Would there be any point being a copper if it was?”

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About the Author

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Wes Markin is a hyperactive English teacher, who loves writing crime fiction with a twist of the macabre. 

​Having released One Last Prayer for the Rays he is now working on the second instalment of DCI Michael Yorke’s wild ride, The Repenting Serpent. He is also the author of Defined, a prequel to his DCI Yorke novels, which takes the reader back to his blood-soaked university days.​​

Born in 1978, Wes grew up in Manchester, UK. After graduating from Leeds University, he spent fifteen years as a teacher of English, and has taught in Thailand, Malaysia and China. Now as a teacher, writer, husband and father, he is currently living in Harrogate, UK.​

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