Trust No One by Clare Donoghue

About this book..

You probably think I’m just scared, don’t you? You might even think I won’t have what it takes to do it when the time comes, but you could not be more wrong. I always stand by my word. Always. I don’t make decisions without thinking. If I say something, I mean it. I will do it, and no one can stop me.

Marriage is complicated. It doesn’t always work out. Sometimes there are things you discover about yourself and each other which mean the marriage has to end. Sad, particularly when kids are involved – but all pretty normal.

Normal that is, until there’s a murder.

DS Jane Bennett and DI Mike Lockyer are called in to investigate one of South London’s most difficult and distressing cases yet – where family and friends come under scrutiny in the hardest of circumstances.

My review..

I really enjoyed the first two books in this series featuring DI Mike Lockyer and so was quite interested to see how this 3rd outing compared. This can be read as a standalone novel and it is a bit different to the first two as it doesn’t feature a series of murders, just the one.

A family barbecue conjures up pictures of sunshine, too much food and drink and time with friends and family-and that’s how we come to meet Richard Taylor and his two children Harvey and Olive. Next morning though, a 999 call sends police to Richards flat where the children have discovered his dead body. Suicide? Unintentional overdose or something much more sinister. DI Mike Lockyer and DS Jane Bennett are brought in to investigate.

I love these characters. Although they are part of a very well written and twisty police procedural, the reason it works so well is because we are shown their personal lives, with all their problems and emotions, which make them seem more realistic. Jane is struggling with the reappearance of her son’s father and her parents possibly moving away and Mike’s ex-wife is about to remarry. The dynamics of this case are slightly different as it twists and turns with multiple suspects being interviewed and a few red herrings thrown in for good measure! I thought I knew where it was going but even I have to admit that I didn’t quite get there! It did take me a little while to get into the style in which the story was told-the past as told by Richard, the investigation in the present with the occasional glimpse into the mind of a killer. Reading it in bed, I struggled to get into it so left until this morning when I was able to read the rest in pretty much one sitting.

There are so many crime series around at the moment that it does take something a little bit different or special to stand out and I think here that the authors strength is the character of Mike Lockyer. I have quite a soft spot for him myself!! He is like an iceberg, there are hidden depths there that I think the author will expose in future outings for this great detective team!

An enjoyable read for those who love a good police procedural.

I received a copy of this book via netgalley in return for an honest review.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.