Publication Date: February 23,
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I received a free copy of this book through netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Aoife Walsh has plenty keeping her busy—finalising her divorce from her
manipulative husband, settling into her still-new relationship with
Detective Conor Moloney, and trying to win the trust of his teenage son. So
for the moment, her fledgeling career as a freelance journalist has been put
Then comes the horrific news that an entire family has been slaughtered in
their own home. Aoife is shocked to discover two of the victims were members
of her on-again-off-again book club. Even more disturbing is the revelation
that the police believe it was a murder-suicide.
That’s when Aoife receives a tantalising offer. Lisa, the main suspect’s
sister, will grant Aoife access to the victims’ extended family for an
exclusive news story—if Aoife will help find the real killer. Moved by
Lisa’s unwavering belief in her brother’s innocence, Aoife agrees to
As she digs into the secrets of her fellow book club members, Aoife
discovers potential suspects everywhere: people having affairs, a jealous
husband, and a power-hungry business partner who’s clearly hiding
Aoife keeps pulling at the threads of the story, untangling more and more
deception. Is the killer really dead and buried? Is it someone Aoife already
knows? Could the lunatic be closer than Aoife ever imagined?
I have mixed feelings about this book. I love mysteries but I am not a
huge fan of the 3rd person writing. I prefer to be shown not told a
story and I find I connect more with the characters when it is written in
first person. That being said I really like Aoife and found her a well
developed character. I was not a fan of the chapters that were written
about Lisa as they just didn't seem to add anything to the story other than
go over what we already knew was going on.
I may be one of the only people that thought this was a fairly predictable
read but I figured out the villain upon our first introduction but maybe I
have just read too many of these types of books. I thought that there
were a lot of twists and turns especially as the suspects and bodies started
piling up. But more than the mystery of who killed Shane and his
family I was more intrigued by the mystery surrounding Aoife's soon to be ex
husband and Conors son Blaine.
Over all this is a good mystery, but had its flaws I would probably try this
author again but this book didn't entice me to jump up and track down other
books. Also I love reading authors from the UK, Ireland and Scotland but in
cases like this I wish that author would put in parenthesis how to pronounce
the names! I wound up googling them so I wouldn't stumble over them the
whole time I was reading. I'm a fan of authentic names in books but
knowing that an audience outside of where it is set will struggle maybe help
a girl out!
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