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Book Review – The Drowned Woman by CJ Lyons @bookouture #BookReview #BookBlogger #policeprocedural

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Book 2 in the series with Luka and Leah at the helm and author CJ Lyons making them dance to her tunes.

This was a no-holds barred kinda series. In book 1, the author made Leah go through the most horrible emotional loss in the first few chapters and this time it was Luka’s turn. This doubly convoluted murder mystery would turn Luka inside out when he realized the truth about his past.

An elderly falling from a height at the beginning to a stalker of the neighbor, the story progressed to a serial killer. A truth was finalized when it was revealed that Luka’s fiancé too had been murdered. It was no suicide. The blood pounded as the desperate fervor to reach the killer struck both of them.

The writing was swift paced, the characters were varied, all with their own personal problems, and grief still tinged the prose when I read the parts of the children, Emily and Nate, trying to survive with a new normal in their lives.

I shut down the analytical part of my brain and read this book, enjoying the investigation until it reached the finale when I could put my kindle down. Good twists and blind alleys and the chaos of the killer made the dynamic duo, the doctor and copper, race against time to unmask the evil.

An interesting read.


Rating: 4 out of 5.







One month since she lost her husband, Dr Leah Wright knows it’s time to return to her family home. Though the crime scene tape and blood stains are gone, she will never feel safe with her daughter there again. Receiving a call from Detective Luka Jericho to assist with a police investigation is a welcome distraction, until she sees the scene: a wife dead, another family ripped apart.As Leah is the new head of the Crisis Intervention Center, Luka knows she can help him speak to the victim’s traumatized husband, who he suspects might have had something to do with his wife’s death. But when Leah interviews the woman who lives across the hall, they uncover evidence of a serial killer in their rural Pennsylvania town. The same person who claims responsibility for drowning Luka’s fiancée seventeen years ago…With danger closer to home than ever before, Leah realises that to find the killer they may need to dig into Luka’s past. But the killer is already taunting Luka, promising to kill again. Is it already too late to save another innocent life?


Publication Date: November 2020

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.

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3 thoughts on “Book Review – The Drowned Woman by CJ Lyons @bookouture #BookReview #BookBlogger #policeprocedural Leave a comment

  1. I think just going with police procedurals do make them better in most cases. Just let the police do the investigating and follow along. Sounds like this was an interesting read. Wonderful review!

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