CSI Ally Dymond’s commitment to justice has cost her a place on the major investigations team. After exposing corruption in the ranks, she’s stuck working petty crimes on the sleepy North Devon coast.
Then the body of nineteen-year-old Janie Warren turns up in the seaside town of Bidecombe, and Ally’s expert skills are suddenly back in demand.
But when the evidence she discovers contradicts the lead detective’s theory, nobody wants to listen to the CSI who landed their colleagues in prison.
Time is running out to catch a killer no one is looking for – no one except Ally. What she doesn’t know is that he’s watching, from her side of the crime scene tape, waiting for the moment to strike.
Thank you to HQ for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
I don’t often read crime, but I have been trying a bit more and this one honestly drew me in from the very first page. We follow Ally Diamond (what a name!), who is a CSI on the North Devon coastline. Early on in this story, she uncovers corruption in the ranks, and is stuck solving petty crimes below her skill level. It also follows the killer from very early on in the book, which became very dark at times but was so enthralling to read about.
I love the setting on the coast of North Devon, with places I recognised (although slightly changed for the story). It felt dark and atmospheric, a beautiful juxtaposition to the sinister storyline. I listened to the audiobook of this one and honestly, I couldn’t stop listening. I just know that if I’d read the physical version of this one, I would have struggled to put it down.
Although sometimes it can be difficult to be in the mind of the killer for obvious reasons, I found it fascinating. Obviously there is a loss of tension and mystery lost because we find out who the murderer is at the start of the book, but there is still a decent amount of mystery surrounding his motives.
My major problem with this book is it felt like everything fell into place too easily at times, but I still enjoyed being along for the ride. It was very entertaining to read and felt tense until the end, but could be a bit predictable and convenient at times.
3.5 out of 5 stars
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