Sarah Reviews… Bitter Edge by Rachel Lynch

Title: Bitter Edge

Author: Rachel Lynch

Publisher: Canelo

Publication Date: 25th February 2018

Format: eARC

This book was received from the publisher in return for an honest review

About the book:

DI Kelly Porter is back, but so is an old foe and this time he won’t back down…

When a teenage girl flings herself off a cliff in pursuit of a gruesome death, DI Kelly Porter is left asking why. Ruled a suicide, there’s no official reason for Kelly to chase answers, but as several of her team’s cases converge on the girl’s school, a new, darker story emerges. One which will bring Kelly face-to-face with an old foe determined to take back what is rightfully his – no matter the cost.

Mired in her pursuit of justice for the growing list of victims, Kelly finds security in Johnny, her family and the father she has only just discovered. But just as she draws close to unearthing the dark truth at the heart of her investigation, a single moment on a cold winter’s night shatters the notion that anything in Kelly’s world can ever truly be safe.

What I Thought:

Kelly’s back! I really can’t adequately explain how excited I feel whenever and email from Ellie at Canelo appears in my inbox to tell me there’s a new Kelly book due for publication! Bitter Edge is the 4th book in the DI Kelly Porter series by Rachel Lynch. Those of you who visit SWB regularly might have seen reviews for the three previous novels, for those of you who aren’t you can find a link to the previous reviews below. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Rachel’s books here’s a quick overview of the series.

The novels are centred on DI Kelly Porter and based around the Lake District, the north lakes in particular, Keswick and Penrith feature and Kelly has an absolutely beautiful sounding cottage in Pooley Bridge! When we first meet Kelly in Dark Game she has just returned to the lakes following a scandal forcing her out of her job in with the Met Police in London. Through Dark Game, Deep Fear and Dead End we follow Kelly as she solves cases, develops her team and deals with developments in her personal life.

And now we’ve reached Bitter Edge, the review from here won’t contain spoilers for Bitter Edge but may contain spoilers from the earlier books, so if you’ve not read them yet, and you’d like to go into them unspoiled this is the point you should stop reading my review and head over to Amazon and buy them at the moment you can even pick up Dark Game for the bargain price of 99p!

Trigger Warnings for Bitter Edge – Suicide, Drug Use, Bullying

Bitter Edge begins with the traumatic death of a young girl – Kelly’s team are responsible for discovering just what happened to her. A young girl from the same school goes missing a Kelly’s team must try and find her before it’s too late, but are these two cases connected? Is there any connection to two previous suicides at the school? And how is this all connected to a case from Kelly’s past? Bitter Edge will pull you in until you’re hooked and have the answers to these questions and many more!

It’s safe to say I absolutely loved the latest instalment of this series. The plot was extremely well paced; one of the things I think Rachel does exceptionally well is to pull together all the different plot strands into such a satisfying conclusion without it feeling forced or making me, as a reader, feel cheated about how it all came together and Bitter Edge is certainly no exception to that. Due to some of the subject matter covered certain parts of the book were difficult to read, but please don’t mistake that for me saying it was badly written, it’s not, quite the opposite in fact! I think she did a wonderful job making me empathise with one character in particular who was perhaps not the most likeable!

Onto Kelly herself, she’s been through a lot in the series! I love seeing her as an extremely capable and conscientious detective who manages to bring the best out of her team, but I also really enjoy reading about the human side to Kelly. I love that she’s found someone who understands her in Johnny, so I never tire of reading scenes containing the two of them. Dead End threw a fairly major curve ball at Kelly when she discovered that the man she had always believed was her father wasn’t, that in fact her mother had had an affair and her biological father was another man that she knew and worked with, I was really pleased to see that followed through into Bitter Edge, and Kelly finally discuss it with him. I was devastated by the ending though, more heartbreak for Kelly! Can’t wait for more!

Would I Recommend?

I would definitely recommend Bitter Edge to anyone who enjoys crime fiction, like the other novels in the series it can be read as a standalone novel, there’s certainly enough information within the book to understand the case and be satisfied with the outcome, but this is the first of the books in the series I’ve read and really felt the reader would benefit from reading the previous books. As well as the personal elements of the book there are elements of the case which link back to the first book in the series, so to really get the most out of it I would recommend reading all four books in order!

The DI Kelly Porter Series – via Goodreads

More Rachel Lynch on SWB

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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