“My mind was focused on Sarina as I entered the alley, which is why it came as a shock to find I wasn’t alone when I unlocked my car.”
Number of Pages: 232 pages
Date of Publication: 4 January 2022
Publisher: Dark Edge Press
My Review Summary: A dramatic story that had me gripped from beginning to end.
📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS📖
Jo Finnegan is attacked while leaving work one evening by criminals threatening her more harm if she does not provide them with information she doesn’t have.
When she gets home, Jo finds her sister dead in her front room, and her wife missing. When the police arrive and arrest her, while she is still in shock from the events of the night, Jo realises she’s been framed for her sister’s murder. But that’s only the beginning of her nightmare.
I saw this book come up on Random Things Tours and I had to put my name down for it. I am so glad that I did. I loved this book. It was full of drama, suspense and tension, basically everything you could possibly ask for in a mystery thriller. There was nothing I didn’t like about it. For me it was a 5 star plus rating!
I will start with the writing style. It was clear, concise and had an easy timeline to follow. I was gripped from the beginning and was willing for a happy ending after everything that Jo, the main character, had been through.
The chapters were short and occasionally labelled with the day. This meant that I was able to keep track of where I was and it also added a sense of realism to the tale. With the chapters being short it added to the suspense and I was desperate to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next to the main character!
Whilst the chapters were short they still had just enough detail to give you a good picture of what was happening without being too overbearing, for example, we were told what the main character was eating and wearing and what her surroundings were, whilst all the time wondering whether or not she would get caught.
Each chapter seemed to add more and more to the puzzle and you wondered what the end would be and whether the main character would actually make it! There were times when I thought the outcome wasn’t looking too good. Just as I was getting into the chapter it would suddenly end with a cliff hanger.
Next the characters. They were amazing. You just didn’t know who to trust. At one point I was even questioning whether I could trust the main character! There were so many twists and turns that it kept me on the edge of my seat pretty much the whole way through.
I enjoyed the fact that I was on a journey with the main character, Jo, and you got to see her thought processes. It allowed you to see why things were happening the way they were and even though I sometimes doubted her, I always got to see the reasoning behind what she was doing.
Lastly the settings. I loved the attention to detail. You could really feel yourself in the characters’ world and could easily picture the storyline happening. I think that added to the tension and the sense of realism.
Overall a thoroughly enjoyable read and one that I would highly recommend to fans of mystery thrillers!
About The Author
A K Reynolds is the pen name used by husband and wife writing team Andy and Kath Reynolds.
Kath provides the ideas for their stories and writes the thought processes of their fictional characters. Andy does most of the plotting and writes the action scenes.
Kath has worked in a women’s refuge and latterly as a consultant; Andy is a former lawyer.
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