Arriving home from a routine day at work, Anna Cottrell has no idea that her life is about to change forever. But discovering the stabbed body of a stranger in her flat, then becoming prime suspect in a murder enquiry is only the beginning. Her persistent claims of innocence start to crumble when new evidence links her irrevocably with the victim…
Leading her first murder enquiry, DCI Helen Lavery unravels a trail of deception, family secrets and betrayal. When people close to the Cottrell family start to disappear, Lavery is forced into a race against time. Can she catch the killer before he executes his ultimate victim?
An Unfamiliar Murder is the first book in the DCI Helen Lavery series.
The author had my attention straight from the start. I mean to come home to find a stranger there, and a dead one at that, well it certainly had me hooked.
Anna is your every day type of young woman and to be honest things kind of go down hill for her after finding the body. Her whole existence to a certain extent comes under question after finding out a web of lies about her past. I think I was as shocked as her at some of the revelations and it certainly makes for a great storyline.
DCI Helen Lavery, I really liked. She is very grounded. She is trying her best to juggle work and family and she is certainly finding it hard at times. You can tell at times that trying to get the balance right leaves her feeling guilty. I think a lot of working mothers will be able to relate to Helen and she is a great role model.
The pace of the story is quite steady though I certainly could feel the adrenalin kick in towards the end when it started picking up. As usual I had no clue who was behind the murder and the disappearance of Ross, Anna’s boyfriend. My couple of attempts at guessing were way off the mark, which is nothing new and the reason why I’m not part of the police force!
An Unfamiliar Murder is a great start to a new series that I can’t wait to read more of.
Many thanks to the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
An Unfamiliar Murder is available to purchase from Amazon.