The Upper Hand by A.L. Fraine – Book Review



A murder with all the trappings of an occult sacrifice. It’s DC Kate O’Connell’s first case. 

Will it also be her last? 

Keen to prove herself to her superiors Kate fights to break through the lies that surround the victim’s life. But the ritualistic nature of the crime dredges up disturbing memories of a past tragedy.

While wrestling with the demons of her past, Kate learns that her partner has a few skeletons in his own closet. His reputation threatens to taint the investigation and ruin her career before it starts.

Kate must break the silence surrounding the victim to get to the truth before it’s too late, and the death toll rises.

Join Kate as she descends into a murky world of murder and conspiracy in the English Home Counties, in a Thriller that bestseller J D Kirk describes as: “An exciting new voice in British Crime fiction.”

Readers of J D Kirk, L J Ross, David Blake, and Daniel Cole, and fans of True Detective and Seven should enjoy The Upper Hand.



This is #1 in a new series and features DC Kate O’Connell on her first case on the Murder Investigation Team. She is partnered with DS Nathan Halliwell, a slightly disgraced former DCI….he sees conspiracies everywhere!

A body has been found by a dog walker in the woods, tortured, murdered and left bound to a tree…..with strange symbols left at the scene……is this a ritualistic killing?

What follows is a thorough and gripping investigation, with secrets and lies a plenty in this twisty, gruesome and creepy thriller. Is there a link between the victims? And who are the sinister group behind the scenes?

I love the characters of O’Connell and Halliwell and their growing working relationship and I really want to read more…..can’t wait to read Book 2….

Thank you to Sarah at Book On The Bright Side 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.

You can buy a copy here



Author Bio:


A L Fraine lives in Surrey in the UK, just outside of London, with his wife, kids, cat and dog.

Having enjoyed reading thrillers and watching gripping drama for years, it was the influence of a couple of more recent shows that spurred him on to put pen to paper and write his first thriller, The Upper hand.

The Upper Hand was inspired by True Detective, and Se7en, and the creepy vibe that they had. 

The prequel to the Upper Hand, “First Hand”, is available for free for those who sign up to his mailing list, here;

The Sequel to The Upper Hand, titled “Idle Hands”, is available for Pre-Order now.

If you would like to know more about A L Fraine and his books, you can find him at

Or on Facebook at:

twitter @AndrewAuthor1



4 responses to “The Upper Hand by A.L. Fraine – Book Review”

  1. Rachel Bridgeman avatar
    Rachel Bridgeman

    This looks so good! I love ‘Seven’ and ‘True Detective’ so this looks like a shoo in for TBR mountain!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It is dark…..I really enjoyed it..


  2. Thank you so much for being on the blog tour today Lesley x

    Liked by 1 person

    1. My pleasure…it’s a great read

      Liked by 1 person

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