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A police procedural to begin with, the story soon led me down the twists of a thriller. The first in the series where Detective Carrie Flynn was at the helm of the investigation.
The Pusher, a killer who pushed his victims into the canal, was plaguing the land, and it was up to Carrie to find him before the body count rose up. This case started with finding Jordan’s scarf near the canal, and the Pusher was thought to be at play.
A debut by J. M. Hewitt where after the initial few pages, I got mighty engrossed in the story that kept unfolding in each chapter, to reveal the furtive nature of the characters. The book read extremely fast, 2 hours hands down.
I thought I would be getting a solid investigative story with forensics and cop talk. But what I got was an implosion of a thriller which sucked me in. Wow. The author soon turned the story around, weaving the scenes of the investigation into the lives of Emma and son Jordan, who was missing, neighbor Jade and daughter Nia.
All these characters were hiding deep, dark secrets. And it was upto Carrie and her partner Paul to get to them. I could understand why she got frustrated with them. I too had to read at double speed to force them to tell their secrets. Some I could guess. As told before, my thrillers have made me a good Detective. Still waiting for my badge.
A tiny niggle popped up. Carrie and her backstory were not shown in detail which probably would be shown later in the series as there was a lost sister in her past. The blurb was slightly misleading. This was more of a thriller, hence my excitement was doubled.
A fast paced thriller more than a police procedural which had my heart thumping with joy.
I received a free ARC from NetGalley and publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.
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J.M. Hewitt writes crime fiction and is the author of two previous crime fiction novels and has been published in two short story publications. Her work usually incorporates twentieth and twenty-first century events and far flung locations, and her novels explore the darker side of human behaviour.
In contrast to the sometimes dark content of her books, she lives in a seaside town in Suffolk with her dog, Marley.
When she was ten years old she’d read all the books she owned, all those on her mother’s bookcase and everything the library had to offer. She decided the only course of action to take was to write her own stories. Thirty years later, she is still writing them.
Detective Carrie Flynn has spent twenty years searching for her little sister, who was kidnapped and never found. The worst part for Carrie is that she was with Hattie on that hot summer day. Carrie saw her sister’s abductor, but she was just a little girl herself, and remembers nothing. She will never forgive herself for letting Hattie down.
When the chance came to join the police force, Carrie didn’t hesitate. She would solve missing person cases and fight for justice – no more families stuck in limbo, no more grieving mothers, no more sisters growing up alone… But now a serial killer is stalking Carrie’s hometown of Manchester: late at night, people are going missing down at the canal. Six years, a dozen disappearances.
When another victim is taken, Carrie is sure the family is hiding something and she’s determined to find out the secret behind their silence. Why does the mother not want to answer Carrie’s questions? Who is the mysterious girl next door? Carrie knows that to track down the killer, she must find out everything she possibly can about the innocents they have chosen to hunt.
Carrie holds on to one fact: last year, standing by the water, she caught a glimpse of the killer, and the distinctive tattoo on his arm. He slipped through her fingers, but she won’t let it happen again. She’ll never stop searching, for the grieving families, for her belief in justice, and her hope that, one day, something she finds will lead her back to her lost little sister.
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Never got into a procedural before but deep dark secrets and a fast pace sounds awesome!
This was quite different started with police investigation but went on to the lives and secrets of characters.
A two hour read with just one niggle? Sounds like a book for me!😁
This was quite a different read… I was taken aback but enjoyed it as it was more thriller-y
Great review Shalini! don’t you love it when a police procedural turns into a real Thriller you can enjoy.
You know how much I like when characters have secrets which they don’t wanna share with me. Some days I want to use my magic to force them to share
327 pages in 2 hours – I knew you were exceptional but this just proves it – you are a dynamo!
Huhh? Was it so long? It didn’t feel so… Or maybe my ARC was shorter. 😂😂 I could turn pages really fast… I wanted to know the secrets
Now you know why I don’t read romance. I know the ending 😂😂
I love the cover! I’m glad you ended up liking the book.
You know I love my thrillers ♥️
How wonderful that when the book wasn’t what you expected, it was even better.
True that. I didn’t expect the secrets
This sounds like a great start to a new series Shalini. I like getting background on the main character, but a little at a time sometimes works as a teaser. Wonderful review.
This started as police procedural but soon went on to become a thriller
That would have been a pleasant surprise for you.
Exactly… I was all in mood for forensics when bam the thriller hit me. What fun!!