We have reached the end of Graham Smith’s blog tour for ‘A Body in the Lakes’ and today I will be sharing my review. Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC.
The woman’s limbs were so thin; the skin on her arms as translucent as tracing paper. Around her neck lay a faint string of purple bruises. In one so frail, darker, angrier marks might be expected but Beth knew the bruising would have stopped the moment her heart stopped beating.
When a walker finds the body of a woman by the shores of Lake Ullswater, the police are put on high alert. Felicia Evans was known to be a tough character, but who would have strangled her?
Detective Beth Young quickly spots the links to three cold cases. Three women strangled and discarded in the stunning, wild hills of the Lake District.
As Beth begins tracking down witnesses, the team receives an anonymous letter claiming the charming mayor of Carlisle is behind the murders. There’s pressure from the top to clear his name. But Beth is determined to find the truth no matter whose feathers she ruffles in the process.
Beth knows the clock is ticking. The killer is hunting again. And it’s down to her to find who’s responsible before another woman becomes his prey…
What does TWG think?
Oh bloomin’ eck!!!! Graham Smith’s new novel is not an easy read at all. Of course a novel containing descriptions of rape wouldn’t, or shouldn’t, be easy for folk to swallow! I will admit that I disliked the fact that I am indeed a female whilst reading this, but only because the theme got right under my skin for various personal reasons.
You cannot fault the authors knowledge of suspense at all – Graham Smith delivered the bones of the storyline brilliantly and in a way that will definitely make readers sit up and take notice. Now whether that would be helped due to the amount of shocking scenes covered in the storyline, I can only say yes due to my own thoughts of the book as everyone is different.
Detective Beth Young is back again and, whilst I thought her sass was endearing in the previous book (please note that ‘A body in the Lakes’ is the second book in the series), I struggled to gel with her outlook this time around. She was good at her job, don’t get me wrong, but geez she had such an arrogance vibe about her this time round. It actually made me dislike her a bit at times which was a shame.
That aside, Graham Smith’s red herrings left me reeling until the very last page, and kept me on the edge of my seat due to fear and being held hostage.
About the author.
Graham Smith is the bestselling author of four explosive crime thrillers in the Jake Boulder series, Watching the Bodies, The Kindred Killers, Past Echoes and Die Cold. Watching the Bodies spent over two weeks at number one in the Amazon UK chart and Amazon CA charts. Graham is also the author of the popular DI Harry Evans series and has collections of short stories and novellas. His latest novel with Bookouture is set in Cumbria and the Lake District, featuring DC Beth Young.
He is the proud father of a young son. As a time served joiner he has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.
An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer for the well-respected review site Crimesquad.com since 2010.
When not working, his time is spent reading, writing and playing games with his son. He enjoys socialising and spending time with friends and family.
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