Good morning! Welcome to another review here on SWB, it’s almost like they are becoming a regular thing again! Today I’m back talking about another book in Rachel Lynch’s DI Kelly Porter series, the eighth and most recent release Lost Cause.
Title: Lost Cause
Author: Rachel Lynch
Publication Date: 20th August 2020
This book was received from the publisher in return for an honest review
About The Book…
Is he a victim? Or a killer?
Kevin Flint is a young man on the cusp of adulthood and something of a misfit. He has no friends and a reputation of being odd. At home he lives in fear of his cruel, controlling father. Kevin starts spending time at an abandoned church with an ancient graveyard, and learns couples also go there to have sex. He becomes obsessed with watching them. Soon, one of the women who he has followed is reported missing.
DI Kelly Porter investigates the disappearance and knows that the adolescent boy is hiding something. Kevin is culpable, but to what degree? The evidence against him begins to stack up and Kelly is torn between instinct and facts. Distracted by a looming crisis in her personal life, can she preserve what she loves and still uphold the laws she lives by?
With an opening line like that you and I know something is being found in a bin! However for the refuse collectors in the Lake District the last thing they expect to find while emptying the bins of a little village is a body in the bin, but that is exactly what they do find and before long DI Kelly Porter and her team are involved and investigating a murder that may also have links to other missing women and a foreign component.
Firstly reading a chapter about people discovering a torso in a wheelie bin was probably not what I needed to read the night before I had to go and sort my bins out for the week but nonetheless I read that chapter and I was hooked. Now you have only recently read my review of Little Doubt which was the 7th book in this series. Unlike that book which took me a little while to read, just because some of the subject matter was a little bit close to home at the time in terms of and some of the racial and class elements, I absolutely flew through this book in Less than 24 hours.
I won’t lie as ever there is some parts of the story that were quite difficult to read, some bits were pretty brutal to be honest. If you’ve ever watched the TV show Criminal Minds, you’ll probably know some of the things to expect here. The case here is dark, in fact possibly one of the darkest cases that Rachel’s written but it was certainly gripping. I really welcomed the personal aspects of the book well some of Kelly’s home life I think that the warmth and positivity there was definitely needed as a counterpoint to some of the slightly horrific things that will going on.
Now at the end of Little Doubt that was a fairly major personal development for Kelly and I won’t spoil it for those who aren’t up to date with the series but I was glad to see the way she is approaching it with positivity. I really love seeing her, Johnny and Josie all together as a family. Looking back to some of the earlier books where Josie first arrived, she has grown so much as a character, I have really enjoyed seeing her develop and slowly become a more prominent character within the series. This is one of the things I enjoy most about Rachel’s books, the level of detail she puts into developing her secondary characters. It would be so easy to just develop Kelly’s character and some of her team given that we are reading crime fiction but rounding out some of these additional characters creates a really satisfying depth to the stories. As always it’s great to see Kelly’s relationship with Ted and I was relieved to see him busy working again after some of the events of the last book and I really enjoy his relationship with Josie and that sort of grandparent grandchild relationship that they have developed.
I think that the newbie Dan is an interesting character, I bet he is not the only person out there that sneaks a sausage from a breakfast buffet when they are supposedly following a stricter diet! I think he is already fit in well within the team and I’m really interested to see how his character continues to develop in future books.
I won’t lie I am a little bit obsessed with this series from Rachel Lynch as dark and difficult as some of the crimes may be to read she never fails to create an intense plot line that draws the reader in and leaves them needing to keep reading to find out the conclusion. The team have faced some changes recently and I am sure there will be more to come going forward and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what Kelly and her family get up to in the next story.
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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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