A Body in the Lakes: A gripping crime thriller with a heart-stopping twist Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07M9BG4V3
- Publisher : Bookouture (March 15, 2019)
- Publication date : March 15, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1281 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 342 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #737,329 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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When a naked elderly woman is found dumped in the lake Ullswater area, it is up to Beth and the team to find the killer responsible, but when Beth makes the connection to three other women killed in much the same way, the investigation takes a sinister turn. When two pieces of evidence implicates the mayor of Carlisle, Beth is determined to nail him to the wall. Is the mayor guilty or is their another killer in their midst with another woman already in his sights?
Beth is such an interesting character. We already know she has a past and she is looking for the man responsible for the scar on her face while simultaneously searching for a killer. While in the first book in the series, The Silent Dead, I found Beth held herself back quite often with the other officers in the FMIT, but in A Body in the Lakes, I feel she finally found her voice and was not afraid to voice her opinions regardless fi anyone liked them or not. Beth is a go getter and a problem solver. She is very analytical often creating spreadsheets of all the facts in order to find a common denominator. I also find that Beth is accepted more as a team member this time around as well and shares more of a comradery with the others in her team. While they might not be total friends, there is definitely a level of respect shown to Beth.
The story starts out with a body found at the lake and quickly picks up speed right from the start. There are a couple of plots playing out at once that really tie in nicely together. What I like most about Graham Smith is he is not afraid to take risks and always adds some element to his stories that are so original and out of the box. Smith also throws you off the scent as to who the killer might be and throws in a lot of “maybes” into the mix making the determination of the real killer so much harder to guess. To be honest, I found the story really disturbing especially with the unique twist Smith throws in. A Body in the Lakes can be read as a standalone, so if you missed the first book you can definitely pick up right here although I would suggest starting from the beginning so you can get the background of Beth right from the beginning.
Another great disturbing read by Graham Smith. I can not wait for the next installment in the Beth Young series.
Called to the scene of a brutal rape and murder of an elderly woman, the FMIT find clues implicating the charismatic local mayor, but when the handsome paramedic suggests she look into similar previous deaths, Beth becomes the first to realise that a serial killer has been stalking the county for years. Under pressure from her seniors and the press to crack the case, and pursued by the predatory mayor with an offer to fund a charity for rape victims, Beth and her grumpy DI, O’Dowd, must track down the vicious attacker before he strikes again, and still find time for dates with a nice man who sees beyond her scar.
Smith has a lovely descriptive writing style and clearly loves the Lake District (but not its roads!) I really like Beth as she’s a proper detective, wily without being manipulative, who has trauma in her past but is psychologically strong.
The plot was not predictable and I very much appreciated the author not taking the cheap route and either implicating the love interest or making him the baddie. This one wasn’t as gory as the first book, sexual abuse is referred to but not described and nothing bad happens to the dog. 4.5 rounded up.
My thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the opportunity to review this Advance Review Copy. A Body in the Lakes is published on 15.03.19.
This is an excellent second-in-the-series novel by Graham Smith.
DC Beth Young is reminded daily as she glances in a mirror about the “accidental” attack that left her scarred for life. She is a dedicated and very astute young police woman.
This story starts with the discovery of an elderly woman's body. She is emaciated and has no hair. The attending pathologist puts forth that she had cancer. Why would anyone want to kill someone with cancer? She is later identified as a tough woman, a survivor if you will named Felicia Evans.
Beth peruses the HOLMES system and comes up with a possible three additional women who were murdered in the same way. At the same time, a letter is received by the police team that states that the mayor is behind the rapes and murders. Beth and her boss go to arrest Forster the mayor – or at least bring him in for questioning.
The mayor is popular and can be very charming, but does this hide a murderous intent?
Throughout the book, the reader is treated to snippets from the killer's point of view.
This is a very well written book and I enjoyed it immensely. I liked the way Beth's character was more fleshed out in this novel. I appreciate the way that the team gets along and Beth's relationship with her immediate boss, DI Zoe O'Dowd. The characters are engaging and interesting. I am anticipating the next book in this series.
I want to thank NetGalley and Bookouture for forwarding to me a copy of this great book for me to read, enjoy and review.
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Having read all of Mr Smith’s previous crime thrillers, I started A Body In The Lakes with great anticipation. The crimes have been getting more heinous and I read with bated breathe to see what twisted way the victims are being terrorised to death. Yet again, I squirmed as Young Beth was told by Dr Hewson the extent of the demise of this poor lady. Is the charming (aka slightly sleazy) mayor really guilty of this horrible crime?
Sporadically placed through the police investigation are diary entry chapters. The diarist seems close to the mayor – are these personal entries clues to the mayor’s guilt? These random chapters really piqued my interest. Who was this person??!
This case really kept me guessing. Who was the sick and twisted killer? Would Beth be able to work out who it was before another body was found? Will she fall for the mayor’s charms? So many questions and the only way to answer them was to devour this crime thriller!
I for one can not wait to see what happens next for Beth, both professionally and personally. She’s had two very challenging cases in the team, what will Graham Smith throw at her next?! And as for the non-work stuff, I won’t say too much but I can feel it in my bones, it’s going to be a bumpy ride for our Beth!
A woman’s body is found by the shores of Ullswater Lake and someone is trying to pin her death on a prominent member of the community. With a little nudge in the right direction Beth Young soon spots a link to three cold cases. The team is under immense pressure once this information becomes public and all eyes are on Beth.
I was gripped by this book and had no idea who the killer was, as usual the author led me down the garden path and I was left feeling guilty for who I initially suspected. This is how much I’m drawn into Mr Smith’s worlds!
I hope Beth Young and her team have a long future ahead of them and I look forward to the next in the series.
This angle provides a different viewpoint for solving crimes. I love Beth ',s strength of character and spirit. Her love of spreadsheets to help solve crimes, made me smile as that is probably how I would go about it, if I ever joined the police force.
I have joined this series at book 2, with the 3rd pending. I can't wait to read book 3 and have to catch up on the first. I believe that starting with book 2 didn't hinder me too much.
This is certainly a gripping read, difficult to put down and shocking believable in its crime content, in fact I'd go so far as to say scary in many ways. The protagonist DC Beth Young is one gutsy lady with a brilliant mind who, if I'm honest I worried about her safety most of the time as she seemed to be on her own a lot, due to that real time problem cut backs in the police force.
The storyline is, I thought very cleverly written and throws you off course more than once in who you think is responsible for the rapes and murders, not until your almost at the end of the book do to get know the depravity of one of the culprits and the lengths he's gone to over the last month's to satisfy his cravings!
Believable, brilliant and gripping from beginning to the end!