Today I am delighted to be the next stop on the blog tour for In The Shadows. Today I have my thoughts on the novel and also a Q&A with the author, Tara Lyons.
Detective Inspector Denis Hamilton is tasked with apprehending a brutal murderer stalking the streets of London – and leaving not a shred of DNA evidence. As the suspect list mounts, his frustration and pressure from his superiors intensify.
Grace Murphy, who is dealing with the recent loss of her beloved grandfather, falls deeper into despair when her friends’ bodies are discovered. Fearing she may be the killer’s next target, she begins to question if her horrifying nightmares are the key to unravelling the murderer’s identity.
How far would you go to uncover the truth? Would you venture into the shadows to unmask a killer?
In The Shadows is an extremely dark and chilling read. Young women being brutally murdered certainly makes for an uncomfortable reading experience.
Grace is quite a complex character. She has suffered a big loss in her life with the recent death of her much loved grandfather. She certainly seems to be taking his death very hard indeed even turning to drink to try and ease the turmoil she seems to be in.
As a mother, I had every sympathy with Graces mum. She to, is trying to cope with the loss of her father but she also has the added worry of a daughter drinking herself into a stupor when there is a crazed murderer stalking the streets.
I actually had worked out quite early on who was behind the murders, though I was in two minds at times. Even though I had worked out who it was it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the story at all as I still didn’t know the reasoning behind it.
The author had me totally gripped from beginning to end. It’s one of those novels that readers will struggle to put down once started.
A highly enjoyable read and look forward to reading more by the author.
Many thanks to the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
In The Shadows is out now and available to purchase from Amazon.
So your first solo novel, how does it feel?
It’s surreal! To have a published book is a dream come true for me. I’m still pinching myself!
Is writing something you have always wanted to do from a young age or were you like many children who constantly change their mind about what they want to do when they grow up?
When I was young I wanted to be a writer or a vet. When I admitted I wouldn’t be able to cope with putting sick animals to sleep, I ran with the writing dream. As a child I was always scribbling stories down in a little book and that passion followed me to university where I studied English Literature.
You also write with M A Comley. What’s it like to work with such an established author?
It’s an amazing honour; especially as I was a fan of Mel’s books before our writing journey began. I’ve learnt a lot from her and I’m really excited about our future plans.
Where did the idea come from for the storyline of your new novel?
After my own grandfather passed away I lost myself in reading books. It’s then that I became a huge fan of crime and psychological thrillers. I understood the pain of losing a loved one and wanted to combine that with the genre I had been devouring. The idea that not every criminal is caught, and how that affects those involved, intrigues me. From that, In the Shadows grew.
What research did you do for the novel?
In the Shadows deals with some themes I’m not an expert in, and while fiction authors have poetic licence, I know how important it is to write a genuine story. I have a few contacts in certain professions and am very lucky they shared their knowledge with me. Also having a wealth of knowledge at our fingertips with the Internet is a help!
Which have been some of your favourite authors and books over the last year?
Being given a kindle last year, and then welcomed into numerous online book clubs, has meant I’ve read a lot of new authors. The list would be huge, but some of the authors I’ve really enjoyed in the last year have been Elizabeth Haynes, Linda Prather, Angela Marsons, Angie Smith, Tammy Robinson and, of course, Mel Comley 🙂 I’m currently reading my first Steven Dunne book, The Reaper, and it’s gripping!
Lastly, can you tell us if you have anything else in the pipeline that us readers can look forward to?
Myself and Mel are working on the first book in our new crime series. We’ll be sharing more with you all very soon, but we’re both very excited about it.