Tightrope by Marnie Riches @Marnie_Riches

Book Description:

What happens when a private investigator ends up being the one uncovered?

Having lost everything after a failed marriage, Beverley Saunders now lodges in the basement flat of a house owned by her best friend Sophie and her husband, Tim. With Bev’s former glittering marketing career in the gutter, she begins to do investigative work for other wronged women, gathering dirt on philanderers, bosses and exes.

But when Beverley takes on the case of Sophie’s friend Angela, who is seeking to uncover grounds for divorce from her controlling husband, Jerry, the shadow Science Minister, she soon discovers that she isn’t the only one doing the investigating…

Beverley has a secret history she doesn’t want coming out – but will she manage to stay hidden long enough to give Angela the freedom she deserves?

Marnie Riches is back in this darkly comic thriller, perfect for fans of Martina Cole and Kimberley Chambers.

My Thoughts:

Bev is down on her luck. She is struggling to pay her rent and bills yet still finds herself taking on a case where the customer doesn’t have any money to pay her. You can’t help but feel for Bev who is trying to overcome addiction for some rather interesting activities and get her life back on track in the hope of getting her daughter back. She has a fight on her hands as well as getting mixed up in discovering a heinous crime.

There are so many unlikeable characters in this book but then there is supposed to be. Certain characters made my blood boil where as others like, Bev, her client Angela and Bev’s friend Doc, remind us of the good in people. The storyline deals with physical and mental abuse as well as rape so it did make for some uncomfortable reading at times but the story focuses more on Bev and her investigation and getting herself into some compromising positions.

Tightrope is an intensely, dark and chilling read that had me well and truly hooked. If you love your crime thrillers on the gritty side, then like me, you will love this one. The pacing was on point and I was gripped to every page. There are even some very unexpected twists that totally floored me. What’s even better is that this is just the first book to feature Private Investigator Beverley Saunders and I for one can’t wait to read more!

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