Title: Forgotten Victim by Helen H. Durrant
Publisher: Joffe Books
Date Published: 29th December 2020
Genre: Police Procedural
MEET DETECTIVE RACHEL KING IN THIS BRILLIANT NEW CRIME SERIES.
A BRAND NEW MYSTERY FROM #1 BEST-SELLING AUTHOR HELEN H. DURRANT THAT WILL HAVE YOU GRIPPED FROM START TO PULSATING FINISH.
The decomposed remains of a body are found entombed in the depths of a disused Manchester cotton mill. Detective Rachel King is called in to investigate the grisly discovery.
IF NO ONE KNOWS THE VICTIM, HOW CAN YOU CATCH THE KILLER?
With gunshot wounds to the knees, this was no accident. This was murder. But the question is: was this a gangland killing or a murder motivated by a deadly secret closer to home?
With the help of DS Elwyn Price, Rachel must follow the evidence where it takes her. But who can she trust? And who in this notorious area knows more than they’re admitting to?
Meanwhile, Rachel has a huge secret of her own. How long can she keep her pregnancy from her colleagues before she has to face up to the reality of her relationship with the shadowy character Jed McAteer?
Can Rachel uncover the dark secrets of the past and catch the killer — before anyone else dies?
A MYSTERY FULL OF STUNNING TWISTS
Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Kimberley Chambers, Damien Boyd, Rachel Abbott, Patricia Gibney or Mark Billingham.
What readers are saying about HELEN H. DURRANT
“I couldn’t put it down.” Barbara
“This new series by Helen H. Durrant certainly has got off to a thrilling start.” Viv
“If you want a book to get your teeth into, this is the one. A massive 5*.” Greta
“Another fast-paced murder mystery.” Aileen
“The writing was top notch and the characters were very real.” Kat
DCI Rachel King. Mother of two teenage daughters. Divorced from Alan. She lives in the Cheshire village of Poynton – about ten miles from central Manchester. She is good at her job, gets results but does make mistakes. One of them was getting involved with a budding villain in her teens. No one — family, friends or colleagues know the truth about this.
ALSO BY HELEN H. DURRANT
Book 1: Next Victim
Book 2: Two Victims
Book 3: Wrong Victim
Book 4: FORGOTTEN VICTIM
THE CALLADINE & BAYLISS MYSTERY SERIES
Book 1: DEAD WRONG
Book 2: DEAD SILENT
Book 3: DEAD LIST
Book 4: DEAD LOST
Book 5: DEAD & BURIED
Book 6: DEAD NASTY
Book 7: DEAD JEALOUS
Book 8: DEAD BAD
Book 9: DEAD GUILTY
THE DCI GRECO BOOKS
Book 1: DARK MURDER
Book 2: DARK HOUSES
Book 3: DARK TRADE
Book 4: DARK ANGEL
I want to thank Jill Burkinshaw for inviting me on this blog tour and Joffe Books for providing me with a copy of Forgotten Victim in exchange for an honest review.
This is the fourth in the Rachel King series but it can easily be read as a standalone but I would suggest reading the previous novel as some of the storyline carries over.
A couple of kids find a decomposing body entombed under the derelict Shawcross Mill. Rachel is called in to investigate but with no I.D. and residents too scared to talk she and her team have a hard job ahead of them.
Forgotten Victim is a well-written police procedural as I’ve come to expect from Helen H. Durrant.
I still love the character of Rachel with a personal life almost as complicated as the cases she investigates. She is still standing in the way of her own happiness and making things harder for herself as usual.
I will say I wasn’t all that shocked by the culprit but what really kept me going was finding out the killers motive, that was a bit of a surprise!
Forgotten Victim is a fast paced mystery that really pulled me and didn’t let me go.
About The Author:
OVER 750,000 books sold of her Calladine & Bayliss and DI Greco Series
I’m one of the ‘baby boomer’ generation. I was born in Edinburgh to an English father and Scottish mother. My father was from the North West of England and this was where the family settled.
I know the area well, both the good and the bad, and so I set my books here. Sitting between two counties, Lancashire and Yorkshire, and between the city and the hills, it offers a rich mix of the industrial and the countryside and all the character therein. I always planned to write crime novels — to create the characters in my books. Since my retirement from a busy teaching job in FE, this is what I’ve done — almost to exclusion of anything else!
I have a grown-up family and five grandchildren. They see me as something of an eccentric — always on my laptop writing away. Writing is something of a second career and, despite having a bus pass, keeps me busy, young and tuned in the world as it currently is.