Release Date:  23rd November 2017 / Publisher:  Bookouture

Format:  Kindle / Pages: 269


Take a breath. Pray it’s not your last.

Just a few months after a terrifying case that nearly took her life, Detective Lucy Harwin is back with her squad in the coastal town of Brooklyn Bay – and this time, she’s faced with a case more horrifying than anything she’s encountered.

Along with her partner, Detective Mattie Jackson, Lucy is investigating what appears to be a vicious but isolated murder; a woman found bludgeoned to death on a lonely patch of wasteland.

But when a second victim is discovered strangled in an alleyway, then a young family shot in their own home, Lucy and the team must face the unthinkable reality – a killer is walking the streets of their town.

While Lucy and the team try to find the link between these seemingly unconnected murders, they uncover a disturbing truth – these murders are replicating those carried out by infamous serial killers.

Lucy must get to the killer before he strikes again. But he’s got his sights on her, and is getting ever closer… Can she save herself, before she becomes the final piece in his twisted game?

A dark, gripping and sinister crime novel that will hook fans of Patricia Gibney, Joy Ellis and Angela Marsons from the very first page.


Thank you to Netgalley, the author and the publishers, Bookouture, for this review copy given in exchange for an honest review.

This is the second book in the Detective Lucy Harwin Series.  It can be read as a standalone book but obviously makes sense to read the books in order to understand the story.

Lucy Harwin is back the coastal town of Brooklyn Bay, trying to solve the murder of a woman found beaten to death on some wasteland.  It looks like it’s a solitary murder, but then another body turns up.  The way they have been killed is different, so are their murders the work of the same killer.  When a young family is brutally murdered in their own home, it throws even more questions into the case for Lucy and her team.  There’s also a separate case of some human bones being found and Lucy’s nemesis, DI Patrick Baker is drafted in to help.  After Lucy’s boss, DCI Tom Crowe, is taken ill, DI Baker is temporarily promoted to DCI and this begins to cause problems for Lucy.  Can Lucy and her team work out who the killer is before he strikes again?

Now, I’ve read a couple of this author’s books before, and to be honest I didn’t really enjoy them.  So, I wasn’t sure I would enjoy this book when I started it, coupled with the fact that I hadn’t read the first book in the series either.  Thankfully my fears were unfounded, as I found this book absolutely fantastic!  The story started slow and steady, building up the suspense and tension to a crescendo.  It alternated between the killer as a young boy and in present day to the story following Kate.  I sometimes find these changes in time, backwards and forwards, confusing, but as the story was so gripping I didn’t really notice that this was happening!  I also thought the book was based outside of the UK (the name of Brooklyn Bay didn’t really help!), but was pleased to work out that it is very much a UK based thriller which, if you’re like me and prefer to read UK based books, is great!

The character of Lucy Harwin was interesting.  As I hadn’t read the first book, I didn’t know the back story of Lucy, but to be honest you don’t really need to.  You pick up bits and pieces about her daughter and ex-husband as the story moves on, but Lucy’s personal life takes a back burner with the killer storyline taking the lead!  Again, I don’t know the back story of the rest of her team, but I love the relationship she has with them, and especially the good relationship she has with her boss, Tom Crowe.  I’ve read so many books recently where the lead female detective doesn’t get on with her male boss and I’m pleased to see that this wasn’t the case here!  I do love her character though.  Whilst she is a gutsy and gritty detective, she also showed her sensitive side in several parts of the book.  I have to admit to reaching for the tissues several times, which is highly unusual in a crime story!  I will seriously be looking forward to any future books in the series to see how Lucy’s character and storyline progresses.

The killer storyline is obviously the big plot in the book!  It was quite a gruesome storyline and very upsetting in parts.  It doesn’t begin as a fast paced action thriller, but builds everything up so nicely that when you get towards the end you literally cannot put it down.  It had a major plot twist towards the end which I seriously did not see coming, and when it hit me in the face what was going on I couldn’t help but shout out who it was, much to the amusement of my husband!

I’m so pleased I read this book and didn’t pass on it because I’d not enjoyed others by this author.  It just goes to show that you can’t judge a book by its author!!  I will definitely be revisiting the other two books I’ve already read and re-reading them with different eyes.  Anyone who can write a book this good cannot write a bad book!  I highly recommend this book, if I could give it more than 5 stars I would!

Five stars!!