It was a person after all, but she was suspended in mid-air. Abi’s heart began to thump against her ribcage as the full horror of what she was seeing became apparent. Her shrill scream pierced the silence, startling birds into taking flight. ‘Help me!’ she cried. ‘Somebody please help!’
When beautiful and bright Hannah is late for their morning run, her best friend Abi thinks nothing of it. Hannah isn’t always that reliable – she’s probably just overslept.
But as Abi runs through the woods, following the same route she always does, she is greeted by a horrifying sight: Hannah’s body, swaying in the breeze.
Detective Rachel Hart is called to the scene. Something seems wrong from the start. Hannah’s friends and family insist that she had everything to live for, and no one has a bad word to say about her. But when murder is confirmed, and Rachel starts digging, she soon realises that there were plenty of people with reasons to want Hannah dead.
Then a second woman is found strangled in the same woods, and everything Rachel thought is thrown into doubt. Is there a serial killer at work?
Rachel is determined to find answers before another life is lost – all the time unaware that the killer’s sights are focussed firmly on her.
Can Rachel unravel the deadly game before she walks into a trap?
A breathtakingly twisty thriller for fans of Rachel Abbott, Cara Hunter and Angela Marsons.
This is my first encounter with both the author and Detective Rachel Hart but that works just fine as there is enough back story threaded through the book to allow you to just dive on in. A woman’s body is found hanging in the woods with all the hallmarks of a suicide. Yet the picture painted of the victim Hannah is not that of a suicidal personality, its just the opposite she was outgoing and in training it climb Mount Everest. The discovery of her body was made by her best friend who was out looking for her on their usual morning run session. Then another body is found , is there a connection that Rachel needs to uncover before more women die. Woven in to the story is the fact that Rachel’s sister has been missing for weeks which adds even more stress to Rachel as she ploughs through the investigation. Can Rachel discover the truth behind the deaths before more women die or will the killer remain elusive. A tense police procedural novel that throws up red heatings, wrong turns and keeps the killers identity secret till the very end. A twisted ending that is both shocking and breath taking in its revelation of the culprit. This is a book that keeps you engaged and transfixed till the very end, delivering a satisfying read that will see you wanting to read more of the same.
My thanks to Sarah Hardy and Bookouture for my copy of the book, as always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.
STAR RATING 4
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Having signed with Bookouture in late 2018, my first book with them, Little Girl Missing, was published in June 2019 followed by the second in the Detective Rachel Hart series in October of the same year. The third book in the series, my seventh novel overall, is called Why She Died and is on pre-order prior to publication in May 2020.
I’m originally from Nottingham, where I have based a couple of my novels, but I am now resident in Berkshire and have used Reading and the surrounding area as the location for the DCI Rachel Hart series.
From the age of ten I had wanted to write fiction but left it until I was fifty-seven before self-publishing my first novel, Life’s a Beach and Then, proving it’s never too late to start something new.
When I’m not writing, I am a full-time presenter on QVC, the UK’s most successful shopping channel where I have worked for over twenty-six years. I also enjoy cooking, watching football, in particular my team Crystal Palace, gardening, and Pilates which is helping with my rehabilitation following recent ankle surgery. I’m an animal lover and a committed vegetarian for the past thirty-five years.