Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Some secrets are best kept quiet.
Declan Wells, a forensic psychologist, has a lot on his plate. He has been struggling with the aftermath of a car bomb, which has left him in a wheelchair, his wife has been dutiful but Declan is certain she is having an affair, and his eldest daughter Lara’s new property developer husband, has dubious business practices.
Meanwhile, Anna Cole is running away from her mother’s death and a stale relationship. On secondment to the Police Service of Northern Ireland from Wales, Anna hopes that she can throw herself into work to distract herself from her guilt.
Then the murders begin and the killer leaves behind some very strange messages.
Can Anna and Declan work together to catch this deranged murderer?
Will either of them be able to get over their turbulent pasts?
Anna is in the middle of a crisis, her adoptive mother has just died, so in an attempt to find her birth mother she takes a transfer to Belfast. She thrown in the deep end when the daughter of Declan Wells, former police psychologist, is found dead, quickly followed by another young girl.
So this story is good old police procedural, which is my favourite within the whole crime/mystery genre. It is written very well, keeping me turning page after page. I like both the main characters, Anna and Declan, who during the course book start an affair which almost costs Anna her job. It was also a nice touch that as well as being a policewoman, Anna is also an artist which is not something I’ve come across in all my years reading detective fiction.
A little word of warning to people with a sensitive stomach, there are few scenes describing taxidermy in detail that made a hardened crime fan, like myself, feel a little queasy.
But the story line does fall down in a few places. I know this is just me being picky, but there was only one real suspect and the killers motive was never really clear.
Still a good read and one I’d recommend to people who enjoy MJ Arlidge or Jane Casey.
Author Bio: Sharon Dempsey.
Sharon Dempsey is a Belfast based writer of fiction and non-fiction books, with four health books published. She facilitates therapeutic creative writing classes for people affected by cancer and other health challenges and runs a creative writing group for young people, called Young Scribblers, at the Crescent Arts Centre.
Sharon studied Politics and English at Queen’s University and went on to City University, London to do a postgraduate diploma in journalism. She has written for a variety of publications and newspapers, including the Irish Times.
Through the Arts Council NI’s Support for the Individual Artist Programme (SIAP), Sharon was awarded funding, which she used to acquire mentoring from, bestselling Irish crime writer, Louise Phillips. Louise was a great support while Sharon was writing Little Bird, her first crime novel.
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