When I Lost You by Merilyn Davies

4 Stars from me

A book of two distinct halves which wrap around each other – one following the present day police investigation into the death of a baby – and one following the fate of two young girls who were in care 30 years ago.

I found the storyline featuring the care system, and the two girls trying desperately to find love in all the wrong places, to be by far the more compelling and would happily have read more about their tragic lives. It put me in mind of the recently televised documents regarding the mystery surrounding the disappearance and suspected murder of Charlene Downes.

Concentration is a must with this book and I did find myself muddled a couple of times when reading the present day police investigation side of things. Having said that, the main characters throughout the book are well crafted and highly engaging.

I really enjoyed When I Lost You and look forward to more from this author.

Synopsis: When a young couple are the lead suspects for the murder of their only child, Crime Analyst Carla Brown and DS Nell Jackson are assigned to investigate.

The evidence seems conclusive, but something just doesn’t feel right.

The case is quickly cast into doubt when the lead forensic pathologist starts receiving threatening letters – containing details only the police should know.

Who’s sending them? What do they want? And how did they get hold of the information?

As Carla and Nell dig deeper, it soon becomes clear that this case isn’t the first of its kind.

They must stop at nothing to find the truth – even if it hits close to home.

FORMER CRIME ANALYST MERILYN DAVIES BRINGS TO LIFE A GRITTY, HEART-STOPPING CRIME THRILLER THAT WILL HAVE YOU UTTERLY OBSESSED

‘A compelling page-turner – assured, fresh, engrossing. I can’t wait to read more about Nell and Carla.’ – Mel Sherratt

No Other Darkness by Sarah Hilary

No Other DarknessAfter enjoying Someone Else’s Skin so much I went straight on to read No Other Darkness, also by Sarah Hilary, and I’m glad I did as it is just as excellent.

Marnie Rome is back as our central police character and this time she is delving into an even more sinister set of people and circumstances as she tries to solve a seemingly cold case involving two dead brothers.

No Other Darkness kept me guessing all the way through as my brain tried to piece together all the little snippets about people and come up with a conclusion. There are two stories that you know will converge at some point and it is interesting trying to pin down who you think is ‘good or bad’ as the story unfolds.

Another resounding success as far as I am concerned, my only stumbling point with these books is that to me they feel more as though they are set in America than in the UK. Not really a negative point, I just had to keep reminding myself that it was in London.

Synopsis:

Two young boys.
Trapped underground in a bunker.
Unable to understand why they are there.
Desperate for someone to find them.
Slowly realising that no-one will…

Five years later, the boys’ bodies are found and the most difficult case of DI Marnie Rome’s career begins.

Her only focus is the boys. She has to find out who they are and what happened to them.

For Marnie, there is no other darkness than this…