Life in the village of Stonesend is pretty uneventful, that is until Detective Tom Miller is transferred there following a personal tragedy. He is not greeted well by local police officer, Beth Harper, who feels he is not up to the job. The day of his arrival, Kate Marshall, a teacher at the local school, is beaten in her own home and left for dead. The villagers are left in a state of shock. Was it a random attack, or something more personal?
Lynda Renham has once again delivered a gripping psychological thriller that has the potential to a series to be honest as I adored the police couple who worked to solve an horrific and shocking crime. Tom Miller is transferred away from his previous job after suffering a personal tragedy and on his first day, he doesn’t make the best of impressions on Beth Harper by stealing her parking space! But Tom and Beth very quickly have to put their personal disagreements to the side when they are called to a house where Kate Marshall lies bloodied and battered. Who would attack such a normal wife and mother? Beth is stunned as she also lives in the village and can’t understand why Kate has been left for dead in such a quiet neighbourhood. And as Tom and Beth investigate, some shocking revelations come to light…
In a way it’s really difficult for me to speak about the plot anymore than that! I really wouldn’t want to spoil it for anyone as it really is a clever and twisty tale. Unfortunately for me, I have read a couple of books with a very similar storyline recently so I was able to deduce very quickly what the main plot twist was and therefore work out the rest of the plot from there. I won’t say what the other books are as again I don’t want to spoil it for other readers but Lynda Renham has done a great job of delivering compelling plot developments with characters who are brilliantly brought to life-especially Tom and Beth. I really loved their camaraderie and they sparked off each other with an unexpected connection from the moment they met which slowly developed as they worked together. Both had had personal traumas that they were still working through and this made them interesting and intriguing enough for me to want to meet them again.
I would definitely recommend this book if you’ve read Lynda’s books before and if you haven’t this could be a great place to start!
Lynda Renham is author to many popular romantic comedy and gripping psychological thriller novels. She lives in Oxford, UK. She has appeared on BBC radio discussion programs and is a prolific blogger, Twitter and when not writing can usually be found wasting her time on Facebook.