This is a debut by a new author to me but I do love to find new authors there is always a bitter sweet moment: 'will I like it or not?'
The book begins steadily but it is worth bearing with it as we learn the background to a very complex story.
Ellie is a feisty character willing to be outcast by her colleagues in her quest to see justice done. She has moved to York and is trying to put the pieces of her life back together after the breakdown of her marriage and the aftermath of a very difficult case. She is trying to juggle a demanding job with being a single parent when the call comes in that makes her life a whole lot worse.
Although there are several other characters it is Ellie that the story focuses on as the reader is taken on a journey through a story with corruption, abuse, psychopaths, lies, jealousy and murder that is not for the faint hearted. This is an intriguing story that builds in pace gradually all the way to an ending I certainly didn't see coming.
The story begins way back with 2 girls who are groomed by a rich businessman. This sets in motion a string of events that sees a woman running for her life and begs the question: 'what wouldn't you do to save your child?'
I am looking forward to more from Caroline.
Thank you to Joffe Books & Netgalley for the digital ARC. These are my own, unbiased thoughts and opinions.
This is a brand new book, from a debut author, so I was a bit wary about reading it, but I needn't have been as it is a great story. The story follows DI Ellen McClure as she is given lead on the investigation of a murdered former prostitute who's head was dumped on a door step of a house in York. For a debut novel this works very well with the action kicking off from the start and then dipping and rising again as you get through the book, leading up very nicely to the big finish. The book main characters have great back stories, although I am not sure how realistic it is having a DI who disobeys rules and procedures as much as Ellen does, as far as I know if you break all the rules and are as much of a renegade as she is then you wouldn't be picked for the DI role. Apart from the characters are very well developed and believable, with the plot line running along very well with no holes in it, although the beginning is very gruesome. Overall this is a brilliant debut and I really cannot wait for book two to come out as it kept me hooked and the ending was unexpected and brilliant.
A disgraced detective is given a second chance only to be faced with a similar dilemma to the one that had her moved on to York from her previous posting. Meanwhile the discovery of a headless corpse leads to a horrifyingly trail...but no more spoilers! You must read this electrifying book for yourselves even if it means going without sleep, as I had to, in order to find out the perpetrator of, and reasons for, the hideous crimes. Thanks Joffe books for my copy.
This is a debut by a new author Caroline Bale. I was not sure when I first starting reading this If i was going to enjoy it or not, how wrong was I, this book keeps you own toes with lots of twist & turns right up to the last page. you will not be disappointed, looking forward to book two