Thank you, Tara Lyons and Shell Baker of the Crime Book Club for my copy of In the Shadows.
Detective Inspector Denis Hamilton is tasked with apprehending a brutal murderer stalking the streets of London – and leaving not a shred of DNA evidence. As the suspect list mounts, his frustration and pressure from his superiors intensify.
Grace Murphy, who is dealing with the recent loss of her beloved grandfather, falls deeper into despair when her friends’ bodies are discovered. Fearing she may be the killer’s next target, she begins to question if her horrifying nightmares are the key to unravelling the murderer’s identity.
How far would you go to uncover the truth? Would you venture into the shadows to unmask a killer?
This book oozes tension. It was gripping from the very first page. I really enjoyed how the title ‘In the Shadows’ is a constant theme throughout the book. The reader is constantly being reminded of the presence lurking in the background. Continual references throughout the book of being watched and someone hiding in the shadows creates such tension. It made me feel like that I was being watched while I was reading it – which just shows how powerful the writing is.
There is so much to like about this book, I especially liked the character development in this book. Tara Lyons has crafted several points of view in this book and it makes it really interesting. She weaves clues and hints into each person’s narrative and it makes the whole book riveting. I really enjoyed the way in which Tara Lyons has created characters that are vivid, complicated and flawed. There is such realism in this book that I could visualise everything. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this on screen at some point.
The end of the book and the ‘who dunnit’ revelation was fantastic. The narrative was really cleverly written and it was a very satisfying ending. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from this author.