Today it’s time to share my review of Hafway by B.E. Jones. Many thanks to Emma at damppebbles tours for inviting me!
About this book…
If everyone is lying, who can you trust?
The Halfway Inn is closed to customers, side-lined by a bypass and hidden deep in inhospitable countryside. One winter’s night, two women end up knocking on the door, seeking refuge as a blizzard takes hold.
But why is the landlord less than pleased to see them? And what is his elderly father trying so hard to tell them?
At the local police station PC Lissa Lloyd is holding the fort while the rest of her team share in the rare excitement of a brutal murder at an isolated farmhouse. A dangerous fugitive is on the run – but how can Lissa make a name for herself if she’s stuck at her desk? When a call comes in saying the local district nurse is missing, she jumps at the chance to investigate her disappearance.
The strangers at Halfway wait out the storm, but soon realise they might have been safer on the road. It seems not all the travellers will make it home for Christmas . . .
If you’re a fan of true crime then I would recommend this crime thriller as a book that comes close to giving the reader a similar kind of shock value. Halfway uses its characters to tell the story over the course of one day which worked well as a storytelling tool and gave it a stylish, current feel. The threads are told in different points of view from The Law, The Hitchhiker and The Old Man and they gradually come together until they collide with some unexpected and shocking twists!
One of the things that struck me whilst reading was that it could easily have been a play due to the Halfway pub playing such a huge part in the plot with everything revolving around this isolated and creepy location. The atmospheric setting was practically a character in its own right, it played such a huge part in what happened when all the characters came together at last. And I have to say I did love how the connections finally became clear as Beverley Jones was far cleverer than I gave her credit for! Very well played!
This is the first of this authors books that I have read but I’d happily read another in an instant. She has a contemporary crime writing style that felt fresh and interesting throughout with some cracking twists. A creepy and chilling crime thriller.
Meet the author…
Beverley Jones was born in the Rhondda Valleys, South Wales, and started her ‘life of crime’ as a reporter on The Western Mail before moving into TV news with BBC Wales Today.
She covered all aspects of crime reporting before switching sides as a press officer for South Wales police, dealing with the media in criminal investigations, security operations and emergency planning.
Now a freelance writer she channels these experiences of ‘true crime,’ and the murkier side of human nature, into her dark, psychological thrillers set in and around South Wales.
Halfway, her fifth crime novel follows the release of Where She Went by Little Brown in 2017.
Bev’s previous releases, The Lies You Tell, Make Him Pay and Fear The Dark are also available from Little Brown as e books.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beverley-Jones/e/B00F6I6XQG/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1