‘It is a fast paced read with intrigue and suspense that make this a gripping, unputdownable read. We get to see life through the eyes of a damaged individual which make this a psychological thriller at its very best with an ‘edge of your seat’ ending you won’t see coming.’ A ‘must read’ for lovers of Crime Books, Mystery Books, and Psychological Fiction
THE EAGERLY AWAITED NEW MYSTERY FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHOR JANICE FROST
Two students coming home from a drunken night out see something strange in the river. It is a young woman’s body.
Hours later, a second young woman’s body is discovered on another stretch of the same river.
DS Ava Merry and DI Jim Neal are assigned to both investigations. And they’re joined by a new detective, Tom Knight.
Soon a connection is found between the two dead women. A list of “victims” is discovered in one of their flats. Who will be next and what really happened to the women on this sinister list?
In a thrilling conclusion, Jim Neal fights for his life as the two detectives struggle to solve a complex case involving people with secrets that may prove fatal.
If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer.
DS Ava Merry is a young policewoman, recently promoted to detective sergeant. She is fitness fanatic with a taste for dangerous relationships. DI Jim Neal is single dad who juggles his devotion to his job with caring for his son.
DS MERRY & DI NEAL SERIES
Book 1: DEAD SECRET
Book 2: DARK SECRET
Book 3: HER HUSBAND’S SECRET
Book 4: THEIR FATAL SECRETS
5 out of 5 stars
This is Book 4 in the Neal & Merry series but the first one I have read (which is a situation I plan to rectify at the first opportunity). Although it is part of a series I can assure readers that it works perfectly as a stand-alone.
Some lads on their way home after an night out, a bit the worse for drink, notice a body in the canal. When another body turns up further down the same stretch of water Neil’s team pull out all the stops to find out what happened.
This book is planned out slightly differently to the norm so the murders are at the beginning and the reader is then brought deep into the investigation. It is a fast paced read with intrigue and suspense that make this a gripping, unputdownable read. We get to see life through the eyes of a damaged individual which make this a psychological thriller at its very best with an ‘edge of your seat’ ending you won’t see coming. There are many twists and turns as other crimes become tangled up and the team have to sort out the mess and work out what belongs where. It has enough personal and relationship content to make this a very realistic story.
The characters develop well as the book progresses. I love the team and look forward to reading the previous books to learn more about the events hinted at in this book. I especially like Jess, a strong character and a fighter who Ava Merry has a connection with which becomes relevant as the story unfolds.
Definitely worth the 5 stars. Thank you to Joffe Books for the advance copy.
Janice was born and grew up in West Lothian, Scotland. After completing an English degree at St Andrew’s University, she moved to London where she lived for ten years doing an assortment of jobs. Her passions are reading, writing and walking in Scotland and the Lake District. She lives in Lincolnshire with her husband and two sons.