Detective Iris Locke #1
‘She’d remember Anna Crowe, who’d once sat opposite her, held her hand and had two small kids that were the centre of her world. She’d remember what someone had done to Anna Crowe, cut her down, and made sure that she and her children would never laugh again…’
When Detective Iris Locke returns home to Limerick, her father thinks she is making a terrible mistake. Jack Locke worked on the force for forty years, and he doesn’t want his beloved daughter coming up against the same twisted individuals he has. But when Iris is called out to a ramshackle cottage in the nearby countryside where a mother and her two children have been shot in their beds, she knows she can’t stand aside. Especially as she knows the woman who has been killed, Anna Crowe.
Iris remembers Anna well. Nobody from Limerick could forget Anna, whose baby sister Janey was snatched from her pram, never to be found again. It was the one haunting case that Jack Locke couldn’t crack and Iris can’t help but wonder if Anna’s death has something to do with Janey’s disappearance.
But by reopening the old case, Iris is also reopening old wounds for the team. She’s determined to untangle the dark secrets that lead to one sister vanishing and the other’s death – even if it means digging into the past of her old friends and family, and revealing truths they’ll do anything to keep hidden …
It’s always fun to start reading a new series. On the one hand you have a whole new team you have to get to know and on the other you have a crime to solve (in your head at least 😉 )
The author picked a female police officer for the leading role who has a male partner. She is new in the team, he has already been there for a few years.
The story is rather slow paced in the beginning. I think it’s because the author has decided to take her time in introducing us to Iris and Ben. This way, at the end of the book, I already had the feeling of knowing them rather well.
It, of course, sometimes takes the focus away from the crime story, but in the end I quite liked this approach.
Little by little this fairly slow streaming creek turns into a white water river and I was left with a serious OMG feeling. I never saw that coming!
A very good start to a series that has every chance to become a great one. 5 stars.
Thank you, Geraldine Hogan and Bookouture (via Netgalley).
About the author
Geraldine Hogan was born in Ireland. She gained an Honors Degree in English Literature and Psychology from Dublin City University and a Postgraduate Degree in Training and Management from University College, Galway. She is an Irish award-winning and bestselling author of four contemporary fiction novels under the pen name Faith Hogan.
Silent Night is her first crime novel, her second is due out in December 2019.
She is currently working on her next novel. She lives in the west of Ireland with her husband, four children and a very busy Labrador named Penny. She’s a writer, reader, enthusiastic dog walker and reluctant jogger – except of course when it is raining!
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