Fragile Cord (DS Coupland Book 1) by Emma Salisbury

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Book Description:

How far would you go to hide the truth?

A small boy lies drowned in the bottom of a bath
His mother is found with a noose around her neck…

The local community is in shock.

Introducing Salford detectives Kevin Coupland and Alex Moreton as they investigate what appears to be a routine murder-suicide. Tracey Kavanagh was her usual upbeat self; right up until the moment she drowned her son and tied a rope around her neck killing herself and her unborn child. For Alex Moreton, this case couldn’t have come at a worse time, battling with her partner over whether to have another child, she is superstitious about pushing their luck – they’re happy enough as they are…aren’t they? DC Kevin Coupland is dealing with a serious assault outside a wine bar in Swinton. Devoted family man Ricky Wilson is brutally stabbed following an altercation with youths while out with his wife and their children to celebrate her birthday. Coupland and Moreton’s cases merge when it transpires that Tracey and Ricky were tragically connected. Is it possible that there could be more to these two investigations than pure coincidence? And what was Tracey Kavanagh so frightened of she thought wiping out her family was the answer?

As the past collides with the present Coupland uncovers a tragic secret that will destroy Tracey’s family, or what’s left of it. Coupland must choose whether the truth shall come out – or be taken to the grave.

Fragile Cord is an emotional rollercoaster charting the psychological meltdown of a mother with a deadly secret.

My Thoughts:

Fragile Cord is the first book in the DS Coupland series.

I have to say the book description for this novel really grabbed me. I mean why on earth would a mother kill their child and then themselves? What is even weirder is that what looks like two totally unrelated crimes turn out to be connected.

Kevin Coupland and Alex Moreton were characters that I both liked. They are both good at their jobs but are having problems in their personal lives also. I could really sympathise with Alex, as a mother as well as a police officer, she is struggling to understand how any mother could do what Tanya has done to her son. It certainly seemed to make her question herself as a person as well as a mother.

As the story goes a long it becomes obvious there is a lot more to Tanya that even her own husband doesn’t know. It certainly is a shocking read in parts which also took me by surprise as there are a few twists and turns in there.

Fragile Cord is a great starting point for a new series and look forward to seeing more of the main characters.

I have awarded this book 4/5 stars.

Fragile Cord is available to purchase from Amazon.

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