Book Review : What She Did by Alex Kane

Blurb: Beth is running from her past – and her abusive ex-boyfriend. She’s building a new life, but can’t shake the feeling that someone is watching her.

Victoria is unhappily married to Greg. She knows he’s cheating, but doesn’t know what to do – until she contacts an old friend, someone who has never let her down.

Lydia knows only she can help Victoria. They haven’t seen each other for years, but she’ll stop at nothing to help her get revenge.
But Lydia has made a new friend in Beth. Now, none of them are safe…

Three women. Three stories. One devastating secret.

Review (Amazon 4 stars)

What She Did centres on three main characters: Victoria, Lydia and Beth, whose stories run parallel, seemingly unconnected at first. Three women linked by one grim thread – abuse at the hands of bullying, feckless and cheating partners. The action spans the recent past and the present, and the chapters are short and snappy, brilliant for reading in bite-sized chunks. Personally, I warmed to Beth’s character more than Vic’s – although all three women were compelling and convincing. I was also intrigued to read a novel set in urban Scotland (a departure from the myriad thrillers set in London). It’s the kind of book you find yourself theorising about as you go along…but the twists were fab and kept me guessing until the bitter end. What She Did is my first read by Alex Kane – I doubt it will be the last. Highly recommended.

Book Review : Hiding in Plain Sight by Eoghan Egan

The Blurb : A vicious serial killer roams the Irish Midlands… with his sights set on the next victim. A successful businessman has found the perfect recipe for getting away with murder. No bodies, no evidence. No evidence, no suspect. High art and low morals collide when graduate Sharona Waters discovers a multi-million euro art scam in play. She delves in, unwittingly putting herself on a direct trajectory with danger as the killer accelerates his murder spree. When Sharona gets drawn into the killer’s orbit, she peels away his public persona and exposes the psychopath underneath. Suddenly, the small town has no hiding place…

Review (Amazon 4 stars)

Set in a close-knit small town in Ireland’s midlands, Hiding in Plain Sight has an intriguing plot, engaging characters and a dark underbelly. A brutal serial killer (‘the art dealer’) stalks the close knit community of Ganestown, looking for his next victim. Meanwhile family life goes on as usual as we are introduced to an extensive cast of characters within or linked to the art world.

With such a large cast, it took me a while to establish everybody, but once I’d done so, my favourite character was Hugh; with an errant girlfriend, a spell of unemployment looming over him, and a mum with advanced Alzheimer’s, he already has enough on his plate without getting sucked into the orbit of serial killers…

A pacey and intricately written thriller.