Title: Halfway by B.E. Jones
Date Published: 1st November 2018
Genre: Psychological Thriller
If everyone is lying, who can you trust?
The Halfway Inn is closed to customers, side-lined by a bypass and hidden deep in inhospitable countryside. One winter’s night, two women end up knocking on the door, seeking refuge as a blizzard takes hold.
But why is the landlord less than pleased to see them? And what is his elderly father trying so hard to tell them?
At the local police station PC Lissa Lloyd is holding the fort while the rest of her team share in the rare excitement of a brutal murder at an isolated farmhouse. A dangerous fugitive is on the run – but how can Lissa make a name for herself if she’s stuck at her desk? When a call comes in saying the local district nurse is missing, she jumps at the chance to investigate her disappearance.
The strangers at Halfway wait out the storm, but soon realise they might have been safer on the road. It seems not all the travellers will make it home for Christmas . . .
Nothing much happens in the town of Pont in Wales so when PC Lissa Lloyd and her partner get a call about an emergency at Rigdeback farm they rush out to find a brutal assault and murder. Who could have done such a thing?
Meanwhile a hitchhiker and a stranded motorist, looking to get out of a snowstorm comes across an abandoned looking pub. Luck would have it that the landlord answers the door but he’s unhappy to see them but let’s them stay. But is it safe for
Halfway has this claustrophobic, horror movie vibe to it, helped along by the raging snowstorm that runs through the entire story.
It’s told through three distinct voices. The first is the hitchhiker, someone who seems to be running away from something in their past. The second is the old man, who is frail after two strokes and having difficulty telling what is reality and what is just in his mind, living in his memories. The third is the law, Lissa is just out of her probationary period as a new officer stuck in a little outstation where nothing really happens. She has her head in the clouds, imagining herself in a movie when reality gets too overwhelming.
Halfway is one of those novels where you don’t quite know what’s happening until near the end and everything is revealed with clever plotting and misdirection that keeps you guessing.
I have to be honest the first half of the book is super slow. We get a lot of backstory for the characters which dragged the pace down and threatened to lose my attention.
Overall Halfway is a slow burn psychological thriller, full of intriguing characters and clever plotting which will keep you guessing until the end.
About B.E. Jones:
Beverley Jones was born in the Rhondda Valleys, South Wales, and started her ‘life of crime’ as a reporter on The Western Mail before moving into TV news with BBC Wales Today.
She covered all aspects of crime reporting before switching sides as a press officer for South Wales police, dealing with the media in criminal investigations, security operations and emergency planning.
Now a freelance writer she channels these experiences of ‘true crime,’ and the murkier side of human nature, into her dark, psychological thrillers set in and around South Wales.
Halfway, her fifth crime novel follows the release of Where She Went by Little Brown in 2017.
Bev’s previous releases, The Lies You Tell, Make Him Pay and Fear The Dark are also available from Little Brown as e books.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beverley-Jones/e/B00F6I6XQG/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1