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- Print Length: 324 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture (November 1, 2018)
- Publication Date: November 1, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07G7F9FX2
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,941 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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How would we learn to communicate with each other again? Would we be better off?
Dylan Young’s Before She Falls makes me believe that yes, we might be better off without social media. It involves the deaths of mostly young people that appear to be inspired by a social media challenge called the “Black Squid.” The Black Squid challenge specifically targets people who are depressed, lonely, isolated, and experiencing suicidal ideations. The challenge helps accentuate these feelings, encouraging participants to commit suicide. As the book describes,
“This was the destruction of a human being from a distance. A sick and twisted game with death as the prize.”
I appreciated the author’s knowledge of the entire forensics process. As someone who has a tad bit of knowledge in this area (such as how to identify human remains), I could tell the author knew what he was writing about. I also liked that the author paid close attention to character development. This story was not merely about a crime, but also the people who were trying to solve it. Anna, the lead detective in the story, had an interesting and intriguing back story that intersected with the case she was trying to solve.
Overall, this is a really strong read that made me think twice about the “power” of social media.
The death of Kimberley and the news about BLACK SQUID are brought to DI Anna Gwynne and her team at Avon and Somerset Constabulary's cold case unit because of her relationship to convicted killer Hector Shaw. Hector's 13-year-old daughter was believed to have committed suicide, but now there's evidence that she was a victim of the BLACK SQUID. Will Anna have to interact again with Hector in order to get more information about those administering the game? Indeed. NO SPOILERS.
This third book in the series brings back Anna, her new boyfriend Dr. Ben Hawley, and DCs Justin Holder and Ryia Khosa. In addition, a new man from Major Cimes, DS Phil Dawes, is brought over to liaise with the squad as the case becomes much more complex. And complicated it is with a new focus on Ryegrove Hospital, a secure unit for those needing mental health services -- especially the criminally insane who are sectioned and housed within.Two bodies are discovered buried right outside the fence of the hospital. Anna is sure that one of the victims must surely have been involved with the BLACK SQUID, but no one has any idea why or how the other one got there. There must be some connection between the institution and the suicide game...
The investigation moves slowly because of the many characters involved and the scope of the linked cases. I read this quickly because I was quite desperate to get to the end and find some answers. There are still some loose ends that I expect will be tied up in the next book -- of course I can hardly wait. I really like this series and the character of Anna though I feel she is more on the spectrum than simply a bit of INTJ psychometric. (I can say that because that is also my profile.) Yes she's focused, cynical and definitely antisocial but she sure gets the job done and seems to be able to have good relationships with her team and her boyfriend. Oh, and the dog. I like the writing and the excellent descriptions of the area that Anna and her team work around. Good crime drama and police procedural detail as well.
Can't wait for the next book but I do think it's a good idea to have read this series of three (so far) from the beginning as there is a lot of backstory to understand. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the e-book ARC to read and review.
Inspector Gwynne is in charge of a cold case unit that this time is in charge of finding the ones who are responsible for the apparent suicide of several teenagers among them the daughter of a maximum security prisoner who is a serial killer trying to avenge his daughter.
The story is full of twists and turns involving Anna’s mother who thinks Anna is going to end up in a mental hospital which is ironic since the book partly revolves around a mental hospital.
With a cyclone wrecking havoc the book comes to an end and Anna and her team are now faced with more work as they are now tasked with not only cold cases but also major crimes.
I loved the first book and I love this one. The characters are well thought out and there isn’t a boring moment in the book.
I happily recommend this book to all and thank Bookouture and NetGalley, but most of all Dylan Young for letting me read this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.
A five star rating without a doubt!