By Kerena Swan
A quick-fire pace and sensational plotting that is so unputdownable, it will sweep you off your feet!
Check out this crime fiction book, published by Hobeck Books in the blurb and my review. You can also find links below. I thank Hobeck Books for the book.
I was reading this as one of their HART members (Hobeck Advanced Readers Team).
With one eye on the rear view mirror and the other on the road ahead, Sarah is desperate to get as far away from the remote Scottish cabin as she can without attracting attention. But being inconspicuous isn’t easy with a black eye and clothes soaked in blood…
… and now the fuel tank is empty.
When a body is discovered in a remote cabin in Scotland, DI Paton feels a pang of guilt as he wonders if this is the career break he has been waiting for. But the victim is unidentifiable and the killer has left few clues.
With the death of her father and her mother’s failing health, Jenna accepts her future plans must change but nothing can prepare her for the trauma yet to come.
Fleeing south to rebuild her life Sarah uncovers long-hidden family secrets. Determined to get back what she believes is rightfully hers, Sarah thinks her future looks brighter. But Paton is still pursuing her…
Firstly, you would have checked out that cover! It is evocative and I like the shades of red in the writing that matches the reds within the wine. The shades of reds also make me think of blood. It ties it together simply, which makes it stand out on the simple white background.
Moving onto the story itself: The pace is very fast from the outset and keeps up. By the end it’s a bit like, being able to take stock and breath again…
The characterisation of the “chalk and cheese” relationship between Jenna and Lucy is captured well. That friction leapt off the page and carried me along. The heightened tensions within the family feel realistic, with not much let-up, before jumping into the dectective side with DI Paton, with a slightly turning down on the pace, before it is ramped up again. The short chapters with DI Paton also adds a layer of forensics and brings focus to also solving the case.
The elements of intrigue that comes from Jenna, especially are great and the introductions of each new element and character is spaced-out well and I reckon help keep that fast-pace and intrigue going, especially with Ellis and then later with Robert and Sarah and Grace.
The psychological elements adds another layer of depth, not just the decline in behavours from the assailant and victim and relationships, but also the very consideration from DI Paton to consider his wellbeing. It’s quite refreshing and subtly makes an important point, even more so because it’s a male character considering options, albeit briefly. It provides a thought-provoking point when he considers CBT, Neurolinguistic Therapy, Stage Show Hypnotist. The very fact this comes from a male character makes it quite a strong statement that may catch their attention a little too.
The themes are strong, with each of them floating along in the story. Each are deep and meaningful and have twists, especially where Jenna. Grace is concerned and the whole entanglement and Grace, which, changes the atmosphere, but not the intrigue later on.
It’s a strongly, entertaining read and one which I wanted to know how it ended!