- File Size: 3220 KB
- Print Length: 301 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Death by Choc Lit (February 19, 2017)
- Publication Date: February 19, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06X1FKSD6
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #821,454 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
After She's Gone: A gripping psychological thriller (DI Matthew Adams Book 1) Kindle Edition
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They are devastated when their daughter, Lily, is killed by a hit-and-run driver and practically destroyed when Becky then miscarries the child she was carrying.
This is the story of DI Adams going after the psycho that was responsible for all of this - because Adams knows exactly who that is.
This is a well-written thriller with believable characters, mostly believable police procedures and an intense, nail-biting storyline.
The antagonist in the story is truly a despicable character and author Browne does an excellent job of describing this psychopath and his actions.
This is the first in a series about DI Adams.
I received this book from Choc Lit Limited through Net Galley in exchange for my unbiased review.
Our hero here is DI Matthew Adams. His nemesis is all round bad egg Patrick Sullivan. Their mutual hatred stems back to childhood when Patrick would regularly bully Matthew, especially teasing him about his asthma. This feud escalated when Patrick's brother was shot dead in a bust orchestrated by Matthew. Patrick's retaliation hit Matthew and his wife personally and, when we meet them, they are still trying to get over this devastating loss. As things start to escalate further between the hero and villain, with more innocents being dragged into the mire, how far will each go to exact the necessary revenge on the other, and who else will get caught in the crossfire.
Oh my, this book had me gripped from start to finish. It opens with a flashback to Matthew's devastating loss and that basically sets the tone for what happens thereafter. We follow Matthew as he has some very difficult decisions to make both morally and also personally as he is on the cusp of opening up his home to his niece who has struggles of her own. Although I did feel for Matthew, I really felt for his long suffering wife Rebecca and what had happened to her and the fact that, even though she is still hurting, she is willing to open up her heart again.
One of the things I didn't really like about the character of Matthew was his coping mechanism being too similar to the one that he berates his sister for having. I found that to be a little off key, a bit pot kettle, but was willing to suck it up for the sake of the rest of the book which was simply brilliant.
I do have to admit that initially I did struggle with the author's style of writing. The methods that she employed to get information to the reader sometimes seemed a little strange and disjointed at first but I did persevere and am so glad I did as I did manage to get my head round it quite soon thereafter.
One of the things I really loved about this book was the portrayal of Patrick. Oh my, the author really does get under the skin of a desperate psychopath and her description of him was deliciously dark and creepy as well as disturbing the heck out of me.
All in all, a great series opener, like I already said, I have book two lined up ready to go and I really can't wait to crack it open.
Some time has passed as we start with chapter one. Matthew and Rebecca are still feeling the huge loss not only due to the death of little Lily, but also for the miscarriage of another baby after the accident. Matthew has recently learned his wayward sister has a child in a care facility. He and Rebecca are considering giving Ashley a home with them. They have not met her yet, but hope they could be a loving family for her since her mother does not want her.
Patrick Sullivan is a heartless man who will use anyone to further his own agenda. He has no remorse over acts of violence he has committed or had others do for his purposes. He plans to cause problems for DI Adams and he seeks retribution for the drug bust which has left him indebted to the suppliers.
I won’t post spoilers, but the story is fast paced and full of emotional energy, and action. Sometimes DI Adams acts impulsively and does not make the best choices as he is determined to find a way to arrest or justify killing Patrick Sullivan. The violent challenge between the two men leaves trouble in its wake. There are some scenes which give a hint of a psychological aspect to the actions of Ashley and also Patrick. It keeps you wondering what is next.
The characters are written with strong wills and determined agendas for revenge. The fallout from this will cause harm to some innocents who happen to get caught within the struggle. A page turner!
(Warning: Strong / Offensive Language)
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