The Lost Child by Patricia Gibney – Blog Blitz Review.

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About the Book

An elderly woman is found murdered in her own home, and Detective Lottie Parker and her partner Detective Boyd are called in to investigate. When they discover that the victim’s daughter is missing as well, they start to fear for the safety of the whole family…
Two days later as a nearby house is set on fire and with the body count rising, Lottie and her team begin to unpick a web of secrets and lies, as the murders seem to link back to a case investigated by Lottie’s father before he took his own life.
With little knowledge of what really happened to her father, Lottie knows this is a case that could give her some answers. But how much does she want to know? And how far is Lottie prepared to dig to uncover the truth?

My Review

With thanks to the publisher for the copy received.

Wow. It is hard to put into words how I feel about this novel. It is book three in the series and I went into it without knowing anything about any of the characters, any back story or what this new book was about. Whilst this did cause a bit of confusion initially I just decided not to think about what I had missed out on and concentrated on what I was reading. If anybody is worried, you don’t need to be. There are no spoilers, just a bit of personal information and I can easily go back and read the earlier novels without knowing too much detail. I plan on doing this at the earliest possibility.
It’s fast paced Irish fiction. Unusually, for me, I liked every member of the team. Even Lynch, who seemed to bear a grudge for some event in the past. Lottie, is an older detective than the ones that I have ‘met’ before. She is a mother of three, grandmother of one, and a daughter to a woman who she clashes with. There is no mother/ daughter bond at all. Lottie feels anxious a lot of the time, and takes more alcohol and prescribed drugs than she should do. Boyd, aware of all her faults is devoted, even though I did feel at times that she would push him to far.
The case is a devastating one for all, I could feel the pain and despair when they were not quick enough and people suffered. Some of the events are gruesome and I was quite relieved that there wasn’t too much detail. I never had a clue about who was responsible for the crimes. It worked, I was just duped into thinking about who it could be. It’s clever, at times amusing, and full of compassion. I loved it and downloaded book one immediately after finishing it.

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Faithless by Kjell Ola Dahl – Blog Tour Review.

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About the Book

When the body of a woman turns up in a dumpster, scalded and wrapped in plastic, Inspector Frank Frølich is shocked to discover that he knows her… and their recent meetings may hold the clue to her murder. As he begins to look deeper into the tragic events surrounding her death, Frølich’s colleague Gunnarstranda finds another body, and things take a more sinister turn. With a cold case involving the murder of a young girl in northern Norway casting a shadow, and an unsettling number of coincidences clouding the plot, Frølich is forced to look into his own past to find the answers – and the killer – before he strikes again.

Dark, brooding and utterly chilling, Faithless is a breath-taking and atmospheric page-turner that marks the return of an internationally renowned and award-winning series, from one of the fathers of Nordic Noir.

My Review

Faithless is one of a series of books that features Frølich, Gunnarstranda, Lena and their superior officer Rindal. I haven’t read any of the previous novels and whilst there was backstory missing with regards to their personal lives it didn’t impact on my enjoyment of this novel.
When a young woman is found dead after being charged with possession of cocaine Frølich feels he is in a dilemma. He was the officer who charged her and at a party the same night he discovered that she was in a relationship with an old school friend. He pleads conflict of interest but is ignored. This isn’t the only case being investigated. A young African woman has disappeared whilst on placement at the university. They have suspects but their hands are tied without any evidence.
A few years ago, I had read no Norwegian fiction. Now I wonder why there hasn’t been more translated into English. The ones I have read lately all seem to be part of a hugely successful series that has been published for several years and it is all very enjoyable.
Apart from Rindal, all the detectives feature strongly and despite not knowing anything about them I got to know them all quite well. The investigations are quite intense, the detectives are all intent on getting a result. I felt their every mood, their self-doubt, and their relationships with each other (Rindel seemed to be somebody to ridicule) and their feelings regarding the various suspects.
Lena’s investigations were the most worrying and she was the character who I liked the most. She had faults but she was in no denial about what they were. The ending was intriguing. I know the book was originally published a few years before translation and I’m eager to find out how it continues. I hope I don’t have long to wait.
With thanks to Karen Sullivan for the copy received and the chance to take part in the blog tour.

 

Cursed by Thomas Enger – Blog Tour Review.

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About the Book

When Hedda Hellberg fails to return from a retreat in Italy, where she has recently been grieving for her dead father, her husband discovers that her life is tangled in mystery. Hedda never left Oslo, the retreat has no record of her and, what’s more, she appears to be connected to the murder of an old man, gunned down on the first day of the hunting season in the depths of the Swedish forests…

My Review

Cursed is the fourth book in the series to feature Henning Juul. I was a little concerned at first, I’m not very good at reading out of sequence. But there was enough information, with no spoilers to follow the story and the relationship between the characters.

The start is brutal with the murder of an elderly hunter in a wood but it then switches immediately to Henning, Nora and their respective searches. They used to be married but the marriage fell apart with the death of their son. However, they still have strong feelings for each other which they both try and ignore.

Henning is trying to find out who was responsible for the death of their son despite the danger that it places him in. Nora has been asked to help find an old friend from university who has disappeared after telling her husband she needed some time on her own.

This is a novel, that once I worked out the back story I really enjoyed.

I have always struggled with novels that feature journalists before, probably because they are portrayed as being without morals or loyalty. But both Henning and Nora were warm, honest and approachable. Henning, especially faced danger with his quest and there were a few times that I wasn’t optimistic about him surviving. Nora was unaware of how much danger she could be in. Her friend was from a very wealthy and powerful family, some of whom who didn’t like questions being asked. Most of the novel focused on Nora. I liked both, but loved her strength and loyalty. She still grieved the loss of her son and felt guilty being optimistic about the future.

The cases joined very well, I didn’t see how they would do but it was all believable. Power, greed and money are never far from anything. The ending was a huge shock. I purposely covered the last paragraph with my hand so I didn’t accidently see a name. and the name it revealed was one that had me aching for an immediate follow up. Book five will not come quick enough.

With thanks to Karen Sullivan, as always for the copy received.

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Cursed by Thomas Enger – Blog Tour Review.

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About the Book

When Hedda Hellberg fails to return from a retreat in Italy, where she has recently been grieving for her dead father, her husband discovers that her life is tangled in mystery. Hedda never left Oslo, the retreat has no record of her and, what’s more, she appears to be connected to the murder of an old man, gunned down on the first day of the hunting season in the depths of the Swedish forests…

My Review

Cursed is the fourth book in the series to feature Henning Juul. I was a little concerned at first, I’m not very good at reading out of sequence. But there was enough information, with no spoilers to follow the story and the relationship between the characters.
The start is brutal with the murder of an elderly hunter in a wood but it then switches immediately to Henning, Nora and their respective searches. They used to be married but the marriage fell apart with the death of their son. However, they still have strong feelings for each other which they both try and ignore.
Henning is trying to find out who was responsible for the death of their son despite the danger that it places him in. Nora has been asked to help find an old friend from university who has disappeared after telling her husband she needed some time on her own.
This is a novel, that once I worked out the back story I really enjoyed.
I have always struggled with novels that feature journalists before, probably because they are portrayed as being without morals or loyalty. But both Henning and Nora were warm, honest and approachable. Henning, especially faced danger with his quest and there were a few times that I wasn’t optimistic about him surviving. Nora was unaware of how much danger she could be in. Her friend was from a very wealthy and powerful family, some of whom who didn’t like questions being asked. Most of the novel focused on Nora. I liked both, but loved her strength and loyalty. She still grieved the loss of her son and felt guilty being optimistic about the future.
The cases joined very well, I didn’t see how they would do but it was all believable. Power, greed and money are never far from anything. The ending was a huge shock. I purposely covered the last paragraph with my hand so I didn’t accidently see a name. and the name it revealed was one that had me aching for an immediate follow up. Book five will not come quick enough.

With thanks to Karen Sullivan, as always for the copy received.

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All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda – Blog Tour Review.

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About the Book

It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared without trace. Then a letter from her father arrives – ‘I need to talk to you. That girl. I saw that girl.’ Has her father’s dementia worsened, or has he really seen Corinne? Returning home, Nicolette must finally face what happened on that terrible night all those years ago. Then, another young woman goes missing, almost to the day of the anniversary of when Corinne vanished. And like ten years ago, the whole town is a suspect. Told backwards – Day 15 to Day 1 – Nicolette works to unravel the truth, revealing shocking secrets about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne. Like nothing you’ve ever read before, All the Missing Girls is a brilliantly plotted debut thriller that will leave you breathless.

My Review

All the Missing Girls, apart from being a well written novel is unique. It starts off just like every other novel I’ve ever read but then after the introduction goes to Day 15 in the investigation into the disappearance of Annaleise. Subsequent chapters countdown to day one where everything is revealed.
I found it very strange to read at first, I had to resist the temptation to start at the back of the book and read towards the beginning. As I got further in, however I’m glad I went with the way the author wanted. There were a couple of times I had to flick back but they did lessen as I progressed.
I loved the description of the area, the people, even the accent that Nic did her best to disguise. I didn’t like Everett at all. I thought him cold, elitist and controlling. His only redeeming grace was that he was the only character in the entire book who had to be innocent.
Did it work? Yes, in hindsight it did, helped by the beauty of the writing, the characterisation and the story which was very powerful. I don’t think it would have the same impact if it had been a conventional novel. I had no idea at all who was responsible for anything that had happened either in the past or the present and I like to think that it was a happy ending.
I have never read any of Megan Miranda’s previous books which I gather are a different genre but I would be interested in the future. I would like to thank the publisher for the copy received and the introduction to a new author to read.

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