Where She Lies – Michael Scanlon

In a town full of liars, who can you trust?

When Detective Finnegan Beck is demoted from his high-powered job in Dublin and relocated in disgrace to the small Irish town of Cross Beg, he predicts boredom will be his biggest threat.

But then a beautiful, local teenage girl is found strangled in the cold, dark woods a mile from town. The prime suspect is the seemingly-gentle drifter who found Tanya’s body.

Beck seems to be the only person who can’t escape the feeling that Tanya wasn’t killed at random. As he digs deeper into the shadows of Cross Beg, he begins to realise it isn’t the sleepy backwater he’d first believed. Everyone here has something to hide. Tanya had a boyfriend, whose name no one knew. A best friend with a loose relationship with the truth. And a habit she thought she’d kept hidden from everyone.

But, just as Beck believes he is making progress, the body of one of the suspects is found drowned in the river. Is the killer just getting started?



My review

It’s nice reading series, because every new book is like meeting up with ‘friends’, but I also like first parts of series and when they are debuts moreover, it gives a special touch.

Apart from trying to figure out who the culprits are, I also have to get to know the team. Finn Beck is the main character and the author certainly does a good job in keeping me guessing why he ended up here. Little by little he feeds us bits of information about his background without letting us forget about the crime that is going on.

I like the way the story was structured and I was as curieus about the person Finn Beck as I was about the exposure of the murderer. The author also gives us a glimpse in the head of the criminal.

In my opinion it was a good debut that formed a perfect base to build upon and turn the series into must reads. 4 stars.

Thank you, Michael Scanlon, Bookouture and Netgalley for providing a review copy.


About the author

I am a civilian employee of the An Garda Siochana (the Irish police force), but a life threatening undiagnosed illness that struck while travelling in Spain in 2014 has rendered me on long term sick leave. I am married to Eileen and have a daughter, Sarah. I live in the countryside outside the town of Ballina in County Mayo. The town has arguable the best salmon river in Europe, called the Moy.