Thank you for stopping by I'm delighted to be sharing my review for Death on the River by Clare Chase as part of the blog blitz today. First of all let's take a look at the description for the book...
Meet Tara Thorpe – she’s Cambridge Police’s newest recruit… but her dark past is never far behind her. Perfect for fans of Faith Martin, LJ Ross and Joy Ellis.
Tara is desperate to investigate further, but her supervisor Patrick Wilkins has other ideas. He would rather die than let this ambitious upstart show him up – even if it means some digging in Tara’s secret past to keep her under his thumb. After all, it’s not like he can report her – everyone knows that his boss Detective Garstin Blake and Tara have a history…
When another body is found, it becomes clear that there’s a killer on the loose. Could the murders be linked to the secrets that Tara has been keeping from her team… and can she solve the case before another innocent dies?
An unputdownable page-turner that will keep you hooked until the very last page!
It was so good to catch up with Tara once more, this book is set four years after the events in Murder on the Marshes with Tara now as a detective working for Cambridge Police. I would say that it might be better starting with book one in this series just so that you can really appreciate the characters back stories. Although Clare Chase weaves in details so that you are aware of what happened previously which really does help.
I have to mention how brilliant a character Tara is and I loved how even though she is no longer a reporter she still has that curious determined edge to her personality. In this story Tara is reunited with characters from the first book including Blake, I love their connection along with a certain little spark that is still there. The story is told mainly from Tara's perspective but every so often we hear another voice which gave a darker feel to the story.
The mystery aspect to this story was perfect for me, easily capturing my attention along with making me think. There were a few suspects to consider and I really enjoyed trying to figure it all out. Then you have the added tension between Tara and Wilkins as they try to work together with hostility bubbling up. All of the characters in this book bring something to the story whether you like them or hate them. Tara is determined to discover the truth even though the twists and turns make things complicated for her. I also have to mention the way that Clare Chase has included a brilliant setting I think it works really well especially at times giving a sense of isolation.
Death on the River moves at a really good pace which kept me invested at all times until the truth finally emerges. I'm really looking forward to the next book and seeing what trouble Tara will find herself in next!
With thanks to Noelle at Bookouture for my copy via Netgalley.
Clare Chase writes women sleuth mysteries and recently signed a three-book deal with Bookouture for a new crime series set in Cambridge. The opening book, Murder on the Marshes, is available for pre-order and will publish in July 2018. The mystery follows investigative journalist Tara Thorpe as she teams up with Detective Garstin Blake to solve the murder of a young female professor at Cambridge University. The case takes them through the dark underbelly of Cambridge and in to the murky fens that surround the centuries-old city. The second and third books in the series are scheduled for publication in late 2018/early 2019.
After graduating from London University with a degree in English Literature, Clare moved to Cambridge and has lived there ever since. She's fascinated by the city's contrasts and contradictions, which feed into her writing. She's worked in diverse settings - from the 800-year-old University to one of the local prisons - and lived everywhere from the house of a Lord to a slug-infested flat. The terrace she now occupies, with her husband and teenage children, presents a good happy medium.
As well as writing, Clare loves family time, art and architecture, cooking, and of course, reading other people's books.
Clare’s debut novel, You Think You Know Me, was shortlisted for the Novelicious Undiscovered Award 2012, and an EPIC award in 2015. It was also chosen as a debut of the month by Lovereading.
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