ARCAM by Jason Minick

Title: ARCAM

Author: Jason Minick

Published on: 27 March 2018

Genre: Mystery and Thrillers

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

DCI Jack Robson believes he is hunting a kidnapper… Away from his posting in London, Robson is asked to lead an investigation in the south west of England.

But what begins as a baffling local kidnapping mystery, quickly escalates into something far more sinister. In pursuit of the perpetrators, DCI Robson joins forces with Inspector Emma Wilson and the rest of the regional CID team.

Together, they attempt to make sense of the lack of evidence or motive, eventually getting drawn to the tiny island of Steep Holm, in the Bristol Channel. As the investigation progresses, Robson, Wilson and their colleagues find themselves facing something far beyond normal detective work.

Unthinkable connections lead them to a conspiracy, so great it could change the course of humanity. The question is, can they intervene before it’s too late to prevent the appalling future that potentially lies ahead…


The story started on a good note. Dr. O’Hara wakes up with a headache and sees his wife and kids lying next to him – sedated. He tries to attack the kidnapper and the kidnapper overpowers and sedates him again. Then there is DCI Robson – a widower still coming to terms with the events leading to his wife’s death. His adventure-seeking wife Isabella died in a chopper crash.

DCI Robson reminded me of Jimmy Perez from the famous Ann Cleeves Detective series – Shetland. Robson has his own issues to deal with. He also seems to be attracted to Emma Wilson. It sounded a bit too cheesy, especially the scenes where Robson thinks of her pale skin, her legs, her bust, her hair…

The story was very descriptive. Though it started on an interesting note, the story was a bore in the middle. It again picks up pace and gets super interesting after chapter 50. There are a total of 67 chapters in the book. I wish the author had cut down a bit on the descriptions – it would have made the story even more interesting.

I liked the concept of kidnapping, murder, a nuclear power station and something sinister happening in the island of Steep Holms. A nuclear holocaust, MI5, a dirty cop and sinister kidnappers was an interesting blend.  As the story proceeded, it was obvious as to who ‘Noah’ was. (The character called himself Noah as he was ‘saving’ people)

Since this is the first book in DCI Robson series, I will not comment more on the characters. In the next series, I hope DCI Robson would be in a better situation – emotionally. And… I wish there will be a bit of a romance between Sarah and Robson. After all, Sarah looks after his daughter when he is away on police business. He and Sarah have been friends for a long time now and there was also a mention of harmless flirting going on between the two before Isabella’s death so why not pair them up?

I decided to read this book after seeing a lot of 5-star reviews, but I was a bit disappointed because it was not as thrilling and adventurous as I thought it would be. Nevertheless, it was a good read.

Thank you, NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for the ARC.

10 thoughts on “ARCAM by Jason Minick

    1. Thanks, Jennifer. 🙂 It is Rekha, not Rehka. I have been reading a lot of 3-starrers lately. I need to break the jinx somehow, haha. 😀

  1. Aw it’s too bad it didn’t live up to your expectations. It definitely sounds suspenseful, if not super thrilling. Great review!

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