Straight off I’m going to say this is one of my Books of the Year.
I was hooked from the first chapter.
In 1993 a girl is drugged and raped.
In the present day a woman is struggling to escape an abusive marriage when she is killed.
DI Gina Harte has just landed after a few days away on holiday and is called in to lead the investigation into the death.
Gina is a good DI with a proven tack history and is well respected amongst her colleagues. What they don’t know is that she was in an abusive marriage for years, and this investigation is going to resurrect memories and take her to a really dark place.
The murder is almost perfect, and it quickly becomes apparent that the team are looking for somebody who is forensically aware and is going to be difficult to identify.
What is the connection to the rape in the prologue, that would be too much of a spoiler, but it’s just one of the strands of this plot that weaves a great story.
Nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors, not everybody is living in a happy-ever-after way.
The story also shows the consequences of actions taken by the Police, and the perceptions some people have of them on a personal basis.
Gina manages to put herself in mortal danger, as well as the emotional turmoil she is in as she remembers her late husband.
Her emotions lead this to become a very personal investigation and she will have to dig deep to come out of the investigation with her mind and body intact.
This story made me think. There is something about the crime, and the perpetrator, or is it perpetrators, (you’ll have to read it to find out) that is strikingly obvious, but that I’ve never read about or considered before.
Carla Kovach has come up with an original plot with one hell of a twist at the end.
I didn’t see it coming but it gave me one of those “Of Course. That makes perfect sense” moments
The story starts of fast and just keeps going. I have used the phrase, “ I couldn’t put it down” before, and usually it just means I read it in a few sittings over a couple of days. This one I really couldn’t put down. If I didn’t have to sleep it would have been a one sitting read.
This is the second book in the Gina Harte series. Below is a link to my review of the first The Next Girl
Her Final Hour
Publishing date: 23rd August 2018.