The Grave Digger’s Boy by R.R. Newman – Book Review



As a boy, Ben was a witness in the disappearance and suspected murder of a beautiful young woman, Esther Garrett, which led to an intense adolescent obsession.

Twenty years later, the conviction of her murder is overturned due to a police corruption scandal.  Ben’s obsession is reawakened when Esther’s sister asks for his help investigating the crime.

As Ben is drawn deeper into the case, he will be forced to face the truth about his own life and soon finds himself questioning everything he ever believed.

Was Esther really murdered?

And if so, could the killer be closer to home than anyone ever imagined?


Ben, a young boy is on his dad’s bus, when a girl is harassed by a man. When she gets off the bus, this man follows her……a girl is then reported missing. Wash she murdered?

It had always bothered Ben, that he feels he should have done something…he’s a bit obsessed with this case. 

Now an adult and living in London, a case review (due to police corruption)brings this case back into focus and he becomes caught up in it again. Can he help find out what happened to Esther? Just who is lying and who is telling the truth?

A slow paced, but gripping thriller with great characters, full of descriptive writing and a marvellously twisty ending…..

Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook.  This is my honest, unbiased review. 




Ray Newman grew up in Devon and Somerset, and lives in Bristol, where he works as a writer and editor in trade publishing.

His first novel, The Grave Digger’s Boy, is a psychological crime novel set in the West Country.

Ray studied English at Cambridge, specialising in American literature and crime fiction, and worked in central government communications after graduating.

Under the name ‘Ray Bailey’ he has co-authored two multi-award-winning non-fiction books, on beer and pubs respectively.

He has also written articles on architecture, history and culture for Fortean Times, the Modernist and the Bristol Magazine, among other publications.


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