Title: Dead End
Author: Rachel Lynch
Publication Date: 8th October 2018
Format: ARC eBook
This book was received from the publisher in return for an honest review
About the book:
When the seventh Earl of Lowesdale is found hanging from the rafters at Wasdale Hall, everyone assumes the aging, hard-partying aristocrat had finally had enough of chasing the glory of his youth. But when the coroner finds signs of foul play, DI Kelly Porter is swept into a luxurious world where secrets and lies dominate.
At the same time, two young hikers go missing and it’s up to Kelly to lead the search. But digging deeper reveals ties to two other unsolved disappearances and Kelly and her team find themselves in a race against time.
Now, as all roads of both investigations and Kelly’s own family secrets lead to Wasdale Hall it becomes more important than ever for Kelly to discover the devious truths hidden behind the walls of the Lake District’s most exclusive estate…
What I Thought:
DI Kelly Porter is back to solve a new crime in the picturesque Lake District. Having already solved to major murder investigations since her return from London Kelly finds herself leading the search for two missing girls as well as investigating an apparent suicide, that local pathologist Ted Wallis isn’t convinced about. As the days pass and two bodies are discovered Kelly faces a race against time to try and find the missing girls and discovers there’s much more to her suspicious suicide than first thought.
Once again I found myself flying through Kelly’s case, unable to put the book down until I had discovered exactly what had happened, I began to pull the pieces together but I was still incredibly satisfied by the ending.
One thing I particularly enjoy about Rachel’s DI Porter series is while each could be quite easily read as a stand-alone there are still details throughout the story that throwback to previous books. I really enjoy seeing the development of Kelly’s relationship with Johnny throughout the series.
Another thing I was really interested to see was the fallout from Nikki’s ordeal in the previous book, although a fair period of time has passed she was still struggling to cope with what had happened and I think it certainly added an additional layer of realism to the novel, it’s often so easy to leave the action of one story in that book with no further consequences, so this made for a really interesting read. Although maybe it’s just the Psychology graduate in me that thinks that!
There was also a fairly major development in Kelly’s personal life that I’m really excited to see followed through in the next novel.
Would I Recommend?
Absolutely – I’ve loved every one of my trips to the Lake District with Kelly Porter. A wonderful combination of police procedural and insight into Kelly’s life set in the beautiful northern countryside. I can’t wait for more!
About The Author
Rachel Lynch grew up in Cumbria and the lakes and fells are never far away
from her. London pulled her away to teach History and marry an Army Officer, whom she followed around the globe for thirteen years. A change of career after children led to personal training and sports therapy, but writing was always the overwhelming force driving the future. The human capacity for compassion as well as its descent into the brutal and murky world of crime are fundamental to her work.
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