Hey #bookjunkies!! I am dead chuffed to be closing the blog tour for Tara Lyons debut crime novel In The Shadows! I was also lucky enough to meet this lovely lady at an Author/Blogger event at the end of February and I tell you what…she is amazing! So here is a little bit about Tara….
About The Author:
At the age of 30, I decided to fulfil my life long dream of becoming a writer. Thanks to some amazing people in my life, I’ve had the chance to make that a reality. And so, my debut novel, In the Shadows, was born.
I am excited to be working with NY Times and USA Today best selling author, Mel Comley. Our novella, Web of Deceit is available now, and we are currently creating a new crime series together.
When I’m not writing you’ll find me in a near-by Wacky Warehouse stuck in the ball-pit with my son. I have a love of chocolate peanuts and reading – and prefer to enjoy them both with a strong cuppa.
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Detective Inspector Denis Hamilton is tasked with apprehending a brutal murderer stalking the streets of London – and leaving not a shred of DNA evidence. As the suspect list mounts, his frustration and pressure from his superiors intensify.
Grace Murphy, who is dealing with the recent loss of her beloved grandfather, falls deeper into despair when her friends’ bodies are discovered. Fearing she may be the killer’s next target, she begins to question if her horrifying nightmares are the key to unravelling the murderer’s identity.
How far would you go to uncover the truth? Would you venture into the shadows to unmask a killer?
My Rating: 5/5
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
First and foremost, I have to say that for a debut novel ~ this book kicked ass! I was nervous and excited at the prospect of reading this book because I had become friends, through THE Book Club, with the author prior to knowing she was…well….going to be an author! EEEEEEEEK!!
I was over the moon when Tara contacted me and asked if I would beta read this book -My answer: Hell yeah! I was even more excited to find my name in the acknowledgements. So a HUGE thank you to Ms. Lyons for making me one happy CrimeBookJunkie!
The plot of In The Shadows intrigued me from the start. The author had the #KillerHook I always look for in the first few pages, so I knew I was in for a treat. Set in London, the story-line was well paced with a great build up. I devoured this book within a day. The descriptions of each scene was brilliant and reminded me of the time I lived in London. The reader can easily find themselves pulled into the pages as the story unfolds.
A few themes are sprinkled within the story. There was loss, feelings of betrayal, Mental Health, vengeance, and justice to name a few. Red-herrings lead the reader into believing one thing, only to later be thrown off track again. The sign of a great read indeed!
And not surprising, I found the author’s writing to be very similar to her co-writer of another series, the amazing M.A. Comley. So any readers of the Justice series or the D.I Sally Parker series will not be disappointed. But don’t be fooled, as Ms Lyons definitely has her own unique style of writing and she should be viewed as the up and coming writing-star that she is!
The characters in this book are relateable. There is a depth to them that makes you feel instantly like you are embarking on a disturbing journey with them. A few characters stood out to me: Natasha for one! A solicitor, smart, free-spirited friend of the main character, Grace Murphy. Natasha comes with a bit of a twist…but no spoilers…needless to say I was floored when it was revealed! #SuchATease
Grace is a great character! The reader really feels for her and the turmoil she is going through following the death of her grandfather. Her torment doesn’t end there though. She is plagued with strange dreams as her close friends are being murdered around her. There is certainly more to this character and I hope we have not seen the last of her!
Grace’s mother is also a character I was drawn to. She is supportive and an enabler of sorts. She appears to be fighting a losing battle as Grace turns to alcohol to fight her demons. Michael creeped me the hell out! Eeeewwwww! My skin crawled every time he was mentioned. Denis Hamilton was also added depth to this story as the Lead Cop in search of a killer. And finally Maria..she is Grace’s psychiatrist and Holy Bloody Crap folks…what we learn is mind blowing!!
So expect the unexpected from this author! I was more than pleasantly surprised and cannot wait to not only read her collaborative efforts with the fantabulous M.A. Comley, but also her own efforts in the future!
Tara Lyons delivers a mixture of murder & mayhem with just the right amount of psychological thrills to mess with your mind. I have added Ms Lyons to my #NewAuthorsToWatchOutFor list and highly recommend you grab yourself a copy of this book STAT or you may find yourself left behind #InTheShadows!
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