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#BlogTour! #Review – Fear in the Lakes by Graham Smith (@GrahamSmith1972) @Bookouture

Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC, here is my review of ‘Fear in the Lakes’ by Graham Smith:

When Detective Beth Young is called to investigate a victim with multiple broken bones, nothing prepares her for what she finds. James Sinclair is fighting for his life, and Beth can’t shake the idea that the nature of his injuries suggest someone with a personal grudge against him.

But James’s devastated wife Laura insists that her kind, softly-spoken husband is a man with no enemies. She was the one with the fiery temper, but James was so calm, she’d never once managed to provoke even a cross word from him in their eight year marriage. And he was the same with everyone – she can’t name one person who might want to hurt him.

But she knows virtually no details about her husband’s childhood or his life before he moved to the Lake District as a young man, and Beth feels sure that the key to finding James’s attacker is hidden in the secrets of his past. Who was he really? And what is the significance of the coded messages that Beth finds hidden on his laptop?

Then two more bodies are found in one of the deep, picturesque lakes that the area is so famous for, exhibiting similar injuries to the ones James Sinclair suffered. How are they connected? And how many more people are at risk?

Beth knows she is in a race against time to hunt a vicious killer who is both elusive and incredibly dangerous. A killer who knows what James did in the past. Who likes to be one step ahead. But who – if they realise they’re being hunted – might come for Beth next…

What does TWG think?

What an opening!!! I think anyone would be as shocked as Laura was, if they found their partner with a pulse pretty much giving up the ghost, and injuries which would make anyone wince. Who did it though, and why? Laura claims that her husband has no enemies and hasn’t upset anyone enough to warrant this sort of comeuppance. But could there be more to the situation?

For sure!!! Detective Beth Young is back and, whilst shes good at reading between the lines and thinking things through a lot differently to her colleagues, by golly shes a bit on the irritating side! I often wondered where her ‘oooomph’ was as she seemed to go about things at a day to day speed instead of a sense of urgency.

The premise of this book is very intriguing and left me wanting more. I definitely think that Graham Smith delivered the suspense of James Sinclair’s situation very well, and I was impressed by the journey he took his characters on.

Even though I wasn’t a fan of the characters in ‘Fear in the Lakes’, I still enjoyed the gritty storyline and uncertainty the author filled his words with.

Buy now.

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