Close to the Bone by Susan Wilkins / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @SusanWilkins32



Detective Megan Thomas #2

‘Detective Thomas, there’s no easy way to say this. We’ve brought Debbie in for questioning.’
‘You mean my sister Debbie? What are you talking about? You’ve arrested my sister?’
‘Megan, she’s our prime suspect.’

Detective Megan Thomas hoped that moving to Devon would mean a quiet life. Her years undercover in London left her broken and alone, unsure if she would ever recover. Slowly, she’s learning to work with a team and trust other people. But when her sister Debbie finds the body of local businessman Greg Porter, that peace is shattered.

Porter’s wife and children don’t seem entirely grief-stricken, and his business dealings are not all they appear to be. So why are the police so determined to focus on Debbie? And why is she acting so suspiciously? When Megan learns what happened between Porter and Debbie, it threatens to tear the family apart, and forces her to ask if her beloved sister could really have done something so terrible.

Her boss won’t allow her anywhere near the case, leaving Megan on the sidelines. Caught between the job she loves, and what she feels she must do, Megan finds herself faced with an impossible decision. She’s desperate to save her sister, but what if Debbie is lying? When a second body and a surprise confession takes the case into even muddier waters, Megan must decide where her loyalty lies – with her family, or the truth.

And whatever choice she makes, will she be able to live with herself?




A great second book in this series!

I loved Megan in the first book. She does not really follow the rules. No, that’s not quite correct. She does follow rules, but the ones she makes. 🙂 

Just like in the previous book she has a lot on her plate and this time we also see a softer side of her. I have to admit that I missed the tougher Megan, but that does not mean that I did not enjoy the story. There were a lot of things going on and it was great to see how every piece of the puzzle fell into place.

We get another glimpse into her background too and while she is still battling the consequences she is not one to shy away from what has to be done even when someone close to her is involved. 

Justice is what she is after even though you might say some people got what they deserved. 4 stars

Thank you, Susan Wilkins and Bookouture


About the author

Susan Wilkins also writes as S.J. Wilkins

Susan worked for years in television drama, wrote for shows including Casualty, Heartbeat, Coronation Street and Eastenders and created the London-based detective drama South of the Border.

Her gritty, Essex-based gangster trilogy – THE INFORMANT, THE MOURNER and THE KILLER – has been compared to Martina Cole and Kimberley Chambers and described as “blazingly brilliant” (Sunday Mirror).

IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME, her fourth book, is a twisty psychological thriller, featuring police detective Jo Boden, an ambitious cop still grieving for a murdered sister.

For 2020 a completely gripping new series from Susan introduces the tough and determined Detective Megan Thomas. For fans of Ann Cleeves, LJ Ross and Mari Hannah, this will keep you hooked from the first page to the last.

Writing as S.J. Wilkins, A KILLER’S HEART – a tense and timely political thriller, is now available on Kindle.


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