Third and final day of the blog blitz for ‘The Stranger Within’ by Tara Lyons, and I am very honoured to be one of the bloggers closing the tour. Huge thanks to BloodHoundBooks for the blog blitz invite. Here is my review:
Dealing with everyday crime in London, DI Denis Hamilton is urgently called into a briefing in the early hours of his weekend off. Torn away from his family life, he must unravel an investigation he thought had long closed.
Because Tara Lyons at put mental health and the forefront of her storyline, a lot of readers may find themselves empathising with the characters, or relating to them in some way. Well, aside from the illegal stuff, obviously. Lyons doesn’t just create characters and let them fend for themselves, she gives each individual character their own spotlight and their own vocation within the storyline, making their journeys stand out in such a realistic and in-depth manner.
‘The Stranger Within’ is book four in the DI Denis Hamilton series, and seeing as I haven’t read the books in order myself, I can safely say that you will be fine starting the series half way through.
I love how Hamilton grows with every book, and I love how Lyons tests her main character to the max, probably preparing him for anything else she intends on throwing his way later on in the series.
Even though I was hooked by ‘The Strangers Within’, I struggled a little bit with the pace, but, seeing as the book was very cleverly written and oozed intensity, even I can cope with a little dip in the pace.
Another intriguing, highly suspenseful and gripping novel from the über talented, Tara Lyons!
About the author.
Tara is a crime/psychological thriller author from London, UK. Turning 30 in 2015 propelled her to fulfil her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. She studied English Literature at Brunel University and was an Assistant Editor for an in-house magazine for eight years.
In the Shadows is the author’s solo debut novel published in March 2016, which later went on to be republished by Bloodhound Books after signing a contract with them in 2017. She has also co-written with New York Times bestselling author, M.A Comley – The Caller and Web of Deceit.
When she’s not writing, Tara can be found at a local soft-play activity centre, bowling alley, trampoline park or cinema with her young, energetic son.