Release date: July 23, 2017
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Genre: Crime Fiction, Mystery/Thriller
Who can you really trust?
Detective Inspector Denis Hamilton is dragged into a gruesome murder investigation, while on annual leave in Lake Windermere. A handwritten note, with a woman’s name, is found inside the corpse.
When a direct link to London is unidentified, Hamilton must race against the clock to make the connection before the body count rises.
Meanwhile, four friends with strained relationships, are reunited. What past event do they want to keep buried and is there something linking them to the murders?
Then, when a person from Hamilton's past returns, he must ask himself: how well do we really know our friends?
London’s murder investigations team returns in this third novel from the bestselling author of In the Shadows and No Safe Home.
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Deadly Friendship!
This is the third book in a series but can easily be read as a standalone, I jumped in at book two, No Safe Home and really liked Denis Hamilton, the lead character. Once again, Lyons captured my attention with the premise, I love the idea of a group of friends with secrets and lies. It opens with a chilling and attention grabbing prologue, a woman is murdered and it's told from the POV of the killer and it totally chilled me right to my core.
Hamilton and his team are back on the case and I'm really loving each and every one of them. Rocky first appeared in the last book and I predicted I would like him and I was definitely right. Dixon is another new member and I like the little bit that was revealed about her and am eager to learn more about her in the future. There's an emerging storyline following Fraser that has piqued my interest and I'm curious to see where Lyons takes it. As you can see, there is a great cast of characters and Lyons does a fantastic job of giving more detail and backstory on them in each installment.
The plot focuses on a group of six friends from college who are as thick as thieves, until one of them disappears. Two years later, one of them is murdered and Hamilton is actually on a weekend getaway when the victims body is found in the water while him and his family are trying to enjoy an outing. The remaining five friends were all shady individuals with ties to a past event that isn't revealed until much later, but I was constantly kept on my toes as I tried to figure out which one, if any was the killer.
This was another great read in a solid series, and it may be my new favorite thus far. It was a quick, fast paced read with plenty of thrills and excitement and I'm so eager to see what happens in book four!
Quick side note, I won a competition a few months back where I got the opportunity to choose a characters name in the book! Naturally, I chose myself (haha) and Tara was kind enough to ask me if any particular type of character would bother me. I told her no, she could kill me, make me the killer, I was up for anything. So being completely in the dark, I was pleasantly surprised to find she made Amy Sullivan a pathologist, how cool is that?!? She even made her American, that made me laugh and was such a sweet touch. Huge thanks to Tara, it was unreal seeing my name in the pages of such a great book!
Overall rating: 4.5/5
About the Author:
Tara is a crime/psychological thriller author from London, UK. Turning 30 in 2015 propelled her to fulfil her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. In the Shadows is Tara's debut solo novel published in March 2016. She co-wrote The Caller and Web of Deceit: A DI Sally Parker novella with New York Times bestselling author, M.A Comley.
In August 2016 Tara signed a two-book contract with Bloodhound Books. The second book in the DI Hamilton series, No Safe Home, was published in January 2017.
When she's not writing, Tara can be found at a local Wacky Warehouse stuck in the ball-pit with her young, energetic son.
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