Released April 2014
“Everything’s going to be okay.” “What if it’s not?” Suddenly, she turned. For a split second she halted, her head inclined. “Naomi, what is it?” She whisked back to face Eva. “There’s somebody in the house… ” Eva is horrified when she witnesses an attack on her best friend. She calls an ambulance and forces herself to flee Hampton, fearing for her own safety. DCI Helen Lavery leads the investigation into the murder. With no leads, no further witnesses and no sign of forced entry, the murder enquiry begins. Slowly, the pieces of the puzzle start to come together. But as Helen inches towards solving the case, her past becomes caught up in her present. Someone is after them both. Someone who will stop at nothing to get what they want. And as the net starts to close around them, can Helen escape her own demons as well as helping Eva to escape hers?
My thoughts as on Goodreads
Thank you, thank you, thank you to the publishers and Netgalley for letting me read this brilliant book. It kept me hooked from start to finish.
I absolutely loved the start of the book. Scary!!! You will never use Skype again, without wondering if a murderer is waiting to attack. Eva is skyping her friend, when she suddenly disappears from screen and there appears a menacing figure in the background. Eva goes on the run fearing for her safety. The recent past has put her life in danger.
DCI Helen Lavery, an insightful, down to earth copper is charged with investigating the murder. She is soon reluctantly teamed up with her ex-boyfriend.
What stood out for me were the characters of Helen and Eva. I love strong women leads, who follow their own instincts. Helen appeared very believable, as she fought to be listened to and to balance her life as a mum with the murder case. I liked Eva and her courage. I think there is courage in running away and keeping yourself away from a dangerous murderer. I know I wouldn’t stick around, in Eva’s position.
Absolutely recommended. An exciting, well written read that makes you slightly scared of using Skype!!!
additional thoughts Sometimes you accidentally find a new author who writes in the way that appeals to you on so many levels. I thought this was a terrific read and one that stood out from the crowd. Lots of authors use Skype or social media, to ground their books in reality. Just occasionally, you find an author who does this in an outstanding way. I loved the opening to the book and the use of Skype. I love strong female leads. I grew up with Jane Tennison as a blue print of how this was done successfully by Lynda la Plante. Helen is a strong complex character and I await with interest to see how Jane Isaac develops her further.