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I think I have read the maximum number of police procedurals this year. Each one has captured my heart in some way or the other.
Iris Locke as the lead cop in this murder mystery too has zinged a part of my brain with her tenacity to get to the truth. Due credit to the author Geraldine Hogan for her fine writing. The detailed story telling started when Rebecca was killed and Eleanor ran away from the rehab center. Eleanor’s sister’s death too raised the suspense and made the story a race against time.
The vividness of the descriptions of the Irish locals made me realize how smooth the author’s writing was. The words chosen brought a sense of camaraderie but kept the tension going further. Secrets hidden in the characters’ lives were like a hidden bomb waiting to explode. Iris Locke was brilliant in her role, her relationship with her partner was quite intriguing. It was nice to get to see their personal lives.
The book was a bit slow from what I was used to. I have no patience in murder mysteries, and being the end of the year, I needed the killer brought in front of me pronto.
The book was second in the series, but I didn’t remember much from book 1. So the story worked as a standalone only because of Iris Locke. Overall, a fun read.
I received a free ARC from NetGalley and publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.
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Geraldine Hogan is an Irish award-winning and bestselling author of four novels. Her books have featured as Book Club Favorites, Net Galley Hot Reads and Summer Must Reads. She writes grown up women’s fiction which is unashamedly uplifting, feel good and inspiring.
Yesterday they were a family like any other…
Twenty-year-old Rachel McDermott was your typical girl-next-door. She loved her job as a nurse, was close to her family in the small Irish town of Corbally and seemed to have no enemies. So when she is brutally murdered, the local community reels in horror and Detective Iris Locke is put on the case.
The main suspect is her close friend, sixteen-year-old Eleanor Marshall, a tearaway teenager with addiction problems whose parents have long since turned their backs on her. Eleanor was last seen fleeing the scene where Rachel’s body was found and is now missing in the woods near the Comeragh mountains.
Eleanor’s sister Karena insists Eleanor wouldn’t have hurt her best friend, but a day later, when Karena is found dead in the area Eleanor is hiding, Iris knows things don’t look good for the runaway teen. She doesn’t want to believe that Eleanor is her sister’s killer, but all the evidence seems to point that way.
But Iris can’t let go of the elements of the case she doesn’t have answers for. The fact that Rachel’s father died in suspicious circumstances. The strange company that Rachel was keeping the night before she died. Was it guilt or fear that made Eleanor run? And can Iris find her before it is too late?