Sunday, 11 October 2015

5* review - The Blissfully Dead by Louise Voss and Mark Edwards

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She couldn’t believe that he wanted to meet her. He was famous. She was a nobody. Finally, someone could see how special she was…

When the body of a teenage girl is found in a London hotel, DI Patrick Lennon is mystified. Nobody saw her or her killer enter the hotel, and there is no apparent motive—until a second teenager is found and Lennon realises somebody is targeting fans of the world’s biggest boy band.
As Lennon struggles with both his home life and his rivals on the force, the pressure to catch the killer before he strikes again reaches fever pitch. And when Lennon makes a terrible mistake that ends in disaster, he finds himself in a race to save not only the lives of more teenage girls but also his own career.

I was first introduced to the sublime writing of Voss and Edwards when I bought From The Cradle in the Amazon daily deals last winter some time and was hooked straight away, I've since downloaded all their work independently and together and loved every one (if you haven't before, check out their back catalogues, fans of this genre will not be disappointed). I was thrilled when I saw on their Facebook page (  that DI Lennon would be returning with a new story! 

On Target is a boy band taking the world by storm, and one of their female fans is murdered, followed by another...the world surrounding the band is under scrutiny, the fans seem to be being targeted through their forum but the clues are scarce, then the murders continue - closer to home now, and suspicion grows - along with tension at the station (I really do despise DI Winkler). Two more fans go missing and the race is on to try and find them while they're still alive.

The suspense in this book is huge, following the form of their past work the story is told by multiple narrators and there was a huge plot twist that was extremely pleasing, I really didn't see it coming. All I can say is this comes highly recommended, although is is book two in the DI Lennon series, you could read it as a stand alone, but it would make more sense to read book one first, especially where DI Lennon's marriage is concerned. 

The first child was taken from her house.
The second from his mother's car.
The third from her own bedroom...
When Helen and Sean Philips go out for the evening, leaving their teenage daughter babysitting little Frankie, they have no idea that they are about to face every parent's greatest fear.
Detective Inspector Patrick Lennon is hopeful that the three children who have been abducted in this patch of south-west London will be returned safe and well. But when a body is found in a local park, Lennon realizes that time is running out—and that nothing in this case is as it seems...
Blending police procedural with psychological thriller, From the Cradle will have every parent checking that their children are safe in their beds...then checking again.
From the Cradle is the first book in the Detective Lennon Thriller Series.

A huge 5* 

Review copy provided courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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