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Book Review – The Friend by Charlie Gallagher #BookReview #BookBlogger #policeprocedural

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A solid police procedural twisted around a game that was being played by a friend over his victims. It was up to DI Joel to find the lone end of the string that unraveled it.

I was aware of author Charlie Gallagher’s writing, but it was the cover and hints of the game in the blurb that pulled me in. I loved how a man used his powers of conviction to make the victims want to do what they shouldn’t do. Charlie had made that aspect so fun.

The investigation went ahead as in a police procedural. But some parts were too long and dragged. It needed more zest so that I was infused with its energy. I got that investigation was a pain staking work in real life, I wanted the prose to not be so realistic. So some pages had to be skipped.

Overall it was a fun concept, the book coursing over the blurred lines between a psychological thriller and police procedural.


Rating: 4 out of 5.


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A Stranger.  A promise.  A deadly game.

Danny and Sharon Evans are desperate for answers. Why did their seemingly happy daughter try to take her own life?  

When a stranger approaches Danny, saying he knows who’s to blame, Danny is tempted, despite Sharon’s reservations. And when his new friend offers them revenge, how can he walk away?  

But little does Danny know he is being invited to play a terrible game. A game that won’t just change lives – it will end them.   

DI Joel Norris knows this is no ordinary case when two seemingly unconnected murders hit his desk within a matter of days. But how far is he willing to go to solve the puzzle?  


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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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