Today I am thrilled to be able to share with you my review of THE WOMAN ON THE CLIFF by the brilliant Janice Frost. This is a stand alone thriller and is a real page-turner.
THE WOMAN ON THE CLIFF by Janice Frost
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DISCOVER THE NEW STANDALONE MYSTERY FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHOR JANICE FROST
SHE WILL RISK HER LIFE TO FIND THE TRUTH
1988. The body of Moira Mackie, a St Andrews University student, is found on a clifftop path. Her ex-boyfriend is found days later, hanged in his uncle’s garage with a suicide note confessing that he killed her. The case is abruptly closed.
Thirty years later, Ros Maitland has seemingly moved on from the horrific murder of her housemate Moira. Then her daughter takes up a place at the same university, and old demons reawaken.
Was Moira murdered in a lover’s quarrel? Or was her death part of something far larger, uglier and more calculated?
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED THAT TERRIBLE NIGHT?
Policeman, Innes Nevin, investigated Moira’s death and has been haunted by it ever since. It was his first murder case, and he knew it had been closed too soon.
Innes and Ros must delve back into the painful past to finally bring the truth to light.
THEN COMES A BRUTAL TURN OF EVENTS. SOMEONE WANTS THEIR INVESTIGATION STOPPED AT ALL COSTS.
In an electrifying standoff, Ros must risk everything she cares about.
CAN SHE FIND THE TRUTH ABOUT THE DEATH AND ESCAPE WITH HER LIFE?
A rising talent of crime fiction, perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Ruth Rendell, Or Mark Billingham
PRAISE FOR JANICE FROST’S ‘DEAD SECRET’
“A brilliant new detective writer who will have you reading all night. ” Chris Child
“I couldn’t put this story down; the amount of intrigue was breathtaking.” Karen
“Excellent twists and turns plus a few moments where I was completely gobsmacked” Jaffa
ALSO BY JANICE FROST
DS MERRY & DI NEAL SERIES
Book 1: DEAD SECRET
Book 2: DARK SECRET
Book 3: HER HUSBAND’S SECRET
Book 4: THEIR FATAL SECRETS
Book 5: DIRTY SECRETS
I am a big fan of the Merry & Neal series by Janice Frost so I was really looking forward to this step away from the norm and I wasn’t disappointed.
When Ros was studying at St Andrews one of her house mates, Moira is murdered. Moira’s ex boyfriend is later found hanged with a letter in his pocket confessing to the murder. Case solved. Or is it.
Over 20 years later and everyone has moved on. Ros’ daughter is about to start studying at St Andrews. A chance meeting while walking along the beach brings Ros face to face with Innes, the young DC who was involved in the murder investigation all thosAe years ago. With the lid to Pandora’s Box well and truly off the past comes back bringing with it many questions and also danger for Ros.
The story alternates between past and present as the reader is taken on a twisty turny journey as stones are turned over and more questions uncovered.
At the beginning I had a couple of people I suspected but as the story progresses more are added to the list and along with the intrigue and suspense the possibilities are many. Will it be possible for the truth to be uncovered or will the murder remain unsolved?
The characters are well built I really like Ros she is a very realistic character and acts and reacts in a way that makes the book mirror real life. Although there are a lot of characters we get to know them through the story rather than chunks of descriptive text which makes this a fast moving read.
A great read well worth the 5 stars
Janice Frost Author Bio
I am the author of five crime/mystery books featuring Detectives Jim Neal and Ava Merry. My novels are set in the fictitious East Midlands cathedral city of Stromford.
Dead Secret sees Jim and Ava pairing up to investigate the murder of a teenage girl. It is their first major case together and the two soon discover that they have very different personalities. Neal is intellectual and considered, Ava clever and occasionally reckless. Both are passionate about the job they do but have to work hard at being an effective team.
Dead Secret reached #13 in the Amazon Kindle Store, and the first sequel, Dark Secret reached #10. Both books spent several weeks in the Top 100. Her Husband’s Secret was published in November 2016, and the fourth book in the series, Their Fatal Secrets, in November 2017. The fifth book was launched in June 2018 and reached #55 on the day of its release.
I am originally from West Lothian in Scotland but moved to London in my early twenties. I lived and worked in the East End for ten years before moving to Lincolnshire where I currently live with my husband and two grown-up sons. When not reading or writing, I enjoy walking in the hills absorbing the scenery.
I am delighted to be published by the wonderful Joffe Books.