The Blue Ridge Project (The Project, #1) by Neil Rochford #RBRT



The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(by Goodreads)

A detective, a journalist and a rich deviant all must come to terms with their pasts as their actions set them on a collision course with each other and the sinister agency known only as The Project.

Detective Andrea Nox is investigating a bizarre and violent murder-suicide with far-reaching consequences, both for Beacon City and the people who run it. But all she has to show for her efforts so far are nonsensical clues and dead ends.

Then, there’s another murder.

Journalist Robert Duncan is visiting home after a personal crisis when the unthinkable happens and he unearths long-kept secrets about his family and his place within it. Before long, he is going back over an old story that implicates powerful people in horrible crimes, drawing him deeper into a dangerous and widespread conspiracy he wishes he had no part in.

Frank Mortimer, disturbed son of a wealthy and influential family, has no interest in conspiracies. He only wants to take part in an experimental program that promises to make him ‘better.’ However, with the shadowy and powerful group known only as The Project pulling the strings behind the program, what he is getting better at could prove disastrous for everyone else, as a dangerous power is being unlocked inside him…

Their paths will converge in murder, intrigue and a clandestine experiment that threatens to change the world itself. Discover the secrets behind The Blue Ridge Project…

Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Psychics, Conspiracy
Series: The Project, #1
Length: 262 pages
Release date: 2016-05-03



“Yes. Steve Solas. Son of Arthur Solas, mayoral hopeful and political rising star. At least, what was left of him. This is some messy shit, Annie. I need someone sharp, off the books. Do you want it?”

Andrea didn’t hear him. She was already reading over the reports. Cap smiled again. It was the smile of a proud father, watching a child leave the nest for the first and last time.

My Opinion

This book introduces you to Andrea, Robert, Frank, and a variety of other characters – all relevant for the story.

With The Blue Ridge Project, Neil Rochford has created an unusual mystery with a touch of conspiracy. It is a compelling read, demanding your attention in order to keep track of the plot lines and their main characters. It was easiest keeping track of Andrea – the only female (main) character. Secondary characters are also relevant; mystery fans will love to check the tiniest details. Neil Rochford takes you under the surface of the protagonists’ mindsets while the story evolves. I was drawn relatively close to Andrea– a detective with a sense of duty and justice, and past experiences. One of the secondary characters was also very interesting, supporting my perception of the story. The characters are of sufficient depth, believable with their flaws and/or virtues. The plot lines appear alternately – especially in parts 1 (current) and 2 (‘Before all this’). This makes sense in retrospect.

This is a book for you if you like mystery, thrillers, conspiracy, and if you do not mind a certain amount of gore and moments of desperation.


In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful, dark
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳
Violence 😳 – 😡
Sexual content 😳


About the author

Neil Rochford is an Irish man, which means that he harbors crippling self-doubt and confidence in pretty much equal amounts. He loves fiction where minds are bent and bad things happen, and tries to emulate that in his own creative works.

He started writing short stories in 2014, some of which will be available in the upcoming short story collection, Dark Wings. The Blue Ridge Project, a dark speculative suspense story, is his debut novel. It was released in May 2016 and is the first in a series.

He has been lucky enough to live in a few different places around the world, from Estonia to Brazil, and would recommend it to anyone that wants to open their mind and shake off the dust.

In his downtime from writing fiction, he also tries his hand at freelance writing, teaching, hospitality and marketing.


Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about The Blue Ridge Project?  Or – if you did not yet read The Blue Ridge Project – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂







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