If you’ve been following my #LittleLoves posts over the past few weeks, you’ll know I’ve been working my way through Promised Lies by Marguerite Ashton. Read on for my book review!
Her sister Celine has recently been murdered, her parents are on the brink of divorce, and Lily has married a man she barely knows while on the rebound. Now she’s lead on a multiple murder investigation, and determined to catch her man.
Her father, Detective Collin Blanchette, is very proud of his daughter and plans to help her anyway he can.
Six months after Lily’s sister’s death, the bodies of two young women are discovered. One look at the way the bodies have been posed, and Lily knows her sister’s killer is back. And she’s determined to get him.
Lily visits the family of victim Tanya O’Neal and knows her cousin is hiding something. It doesn’t take long for her to discover that Tanya, wanting to go to college in Texas, was offering her services as a masseuse on the social networking site Scatter. Tanya had arranged to meet a man going by the handle CtryGeek23. Lily thinks finding the man behind the account is key to solving the case.
But CtryGeek23 is very clever, and Lily has her work cut out for her. Then one day a young man calls the station, saying he saw his neighbour pushing around a young woman in his yard the night the two dead women went missing.
This leads Lily and her team to Thomas Sanchez, just as she learns the DNA found on Tanya comes from a family member. As Lily digs around she learns Thomas was fired from his job at a local brewery. She visits the owner to learn why, and discovers the body of another young woman.
But the more she digs, the more she thinks there is more than one murderer at work, and CtryGeek23 is the mastermind.
But who is he? And how will they catch him?
As the investigation comes to life, death hits closer to home, and Lily realises she’s married to a stranger. And then Lily discovers she may not be who she thinks she is at all.
This is a good old fashioned cop / crime thriller. It’s written with an easy pace which flows naturally throughout the book. Lily Blanchette is a strong character and makes for a good protagonist. The story follows her as she is assigned as lead investigator on a new case to catch a serial killer, one that seems connected to her own sisters murder 6 months previously. I don’t want to give too many spoilers away but the plot is a good and unravels slowly as each new turn seems to send Lily in a new direction, one that invariably brings her into contact with people who are holding back and keeping secrets. This includes those people closest to her leaving Lily in a position where she really doesn’t know who to turn to and trust.
My only real criticism is that there are a lot of characters and relationships that were really not needed and didn’t really help the plot. The brief involvement of the mob, many of the interactions with the DA; a lot seemed unnessesary. Even the interaction with her father seemed two dimensional and a plot tool. The depth to that relationship comes from Lily’s memories and internal dialogue rather than action within the story. However, what it did do is pad out the characters and add a little more depth so it was by no means wasted word count. It also gives the impression that there will be more installments from Lily and the team!
4/5 – a really solid crime thriller.
I do enjoy a good cop thriller as I find you don’t have to concentrate too much, you can just read it and just let the story unfold around you. This was very much like that. Some things were predictable if you’re like me and try to play detective as you’re reading, and others we’re nice little twists in the plot. Overall it was easy to read with plenty of twists and turns along the way. So, if you enjoy a good thriller with a good plot which interacts through all the characters then you will enjoy this one too.
You can download you copy from Amazon here for a bargain price of £2.99! (Price correct as at June 2017).
DISCLOSURE: I was provided with a free digital copy of this book in return for this honest review.