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The Couple on Cedar Close: An absolutely gripping psychological thriller (Detective Dan Riley Book 2) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
ANNA-LOU WEATHERLEY was born in Hampshire and grew up in London where she still lives with her partner and two children.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B07L4NTTQR
- Publisher : Bookouture (January 18, 2019)
- Publication date : January 18, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1438 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 348 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #81,109 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Still, I tried. Amid mounting cliches and mistakenly attributing “More Than A Feeling” to REO Speedwagon (cringe), I tried. But ultimately, I couldn’t press on .... too many cliches, too juvenile-sounding, too boring, too formulaic.
For fans of this author — as well as detective series books — it might be an enjoyable read. Just not my thing, and I wish there had been some indication that this actually isn’t a stand-alone domestic thriller.
One day, she's expecting him to come over but he doesn't show. While she's waiting for him, she drinks an entire bottle of vodka, some wine & prosecco and she blacks out. When she comes to, she's lying on the bed & she's covered in blood. She has no recollection of going upstairs. She finds her estranged husband dead in the guest bathroom of their home with his throat savagely cut, his head almost decapitated and he's been stabbed 18 times in the chest & stomach. He was slaughtered. She calls the police & when they arrive, she's intoxicated & incoherent. It appears as if a spurned wife took revenge on a cheating husband. It has all the hallmarks of a crime of passion. But, the lead detective intuits there's more to it than meets the eye.
Her best friend Monica had introduced Robert to Laurie. Laurie & Monica have known each other since they were teens. Monica tells the detective about an auto accident that Laurie had about a year ago. She was 8 months pregnant with twins, when she discovered Robert's infidelity. She was in a terrible state, crying, hysterical, hormonal, heavily pregnant, devastated & in total despair. She had been driving down to where he was working to confront him, when she lost control of her vehicle & careened off the road. It took them nearly 6 hours to pull her out of the wreck. She was barely alive, when they finally got her free. She suffered a collapsed lung, broken ribs, a shattered collarbone & internal bleeding. They weren't able to save the twins; a girl & a boy. She completely unraveled. She had a mental breakdown & still suffers from a deep, dark, debilitating depression. She was prescribed antidepressants, sedatives, a cocktail of prescription drugs AND she self-medicates with alcohol.
Someone murdered Robert. Perhaps, that someone is her. But, she can't remember. And, just because she had a motive & found the body doesn't mean that she's the killer.
Robert was a womanizer; a sexual predator. So, they can't rule out a jealous husband or boyfriend, or even a lover. Early on in the investigation, it's perfectly clear that Laurie is being framed. Someone has set her up. But, who & why remain a mystery.
Fragments of her memory return. She remembers being carried up the stairs & the person who was carrying her was wearing perfume. Someone else was in the house on the day Robert was murdered. She is sure of it. But, no one will believe her. Her DNA is all over the murder weapon, she had motive & opportunity, a history of depression & mental illness, there was no sign of a break-in, no evidence of 3rd party...
It all comes out in court. Monica & Robert are brother & sister. Their incestuous relationship began when Monica was only 13. Their chosen method of birth control is abortion. Monica has had 6 or 7. It's a sordid, deviant story. ICKY!!!
That said, I still enjoyed the read both to find out if I was correct as well as to see what other twists the author would throw into the mix. There are quite a few.
I must say that I LOVE our detective hero, Dan Riley. Dan is a great guy, and that intuition of his rivals that of us gals. Well done, Dan.
My pet peeves always are profanity and graphic sex and violence. While sex was limited and violence no more graphic than fit the narrative, the book does contain quite a bit of cursing and profanity. Too much for my liking but some readers don't have a problem with that. I do. Perhaps other than a "word" here or there for emphasis or as a reflection of a character's personality, I have no use for vile language, either written or spoken. I was always taught that intelligent people should be able to express themselves adequately without gutter talk.
Another small annoyance in this book, and so many others as well, is the misuse of "you and I" and "you and me." This is SO common but I expect an author to know the correct usage of each; however, most certainly editors and proofreaders should know the difference!
For anyone struggling with this, here's an easy way to know which is correct. "You and I will go." Drop "you and" then "I will go" is correct. "They gave the award to you and me." Do the same: they gave the award to me. Simply say the sentence using either "you" or "I" alone and you'll never get it wrong. Sorry for the grammar lesson but we're in dire need of it!
For the most part, The Couple on Cedar Close was a pretty good read. So, yes, I do recommend it - despite all my hang ups about grammar (and punctuation)!
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WARNING THAT MY COMPLAINT CONTAINS SPOILERS
The flashbacks to Kiki and Bertie.. the dates were completely out of sync and it really spoiled the book for me. We meet them in chapter 12 which is headed '1986'. Bertie is clearly 17 here as he is old enough to drive, which would make him nearly 50 in 2018 when he gets killed rather than nearly 40 as is stated. It is also stated that Bertie is 3 years older than Kiki so she must be 14 in this chapter. Chapter 32 is headed 'August 1996' which is 10 years later than 1986 and yet somehow Kiki is just being sent to boarding school. In Chapter 42, titled 'Summer 1996', Kiki is returning from boarding school. Even if we forget that she was supposed to be 14 in 1986, how does a person go away to boarding school in August 1996 and come back in Summer 1996? I know this may seem a petty reason to knock two stars off my rating but it genuinely did ruin the book for me as I thought Robert and Bertie couldn't possibly be the same person because Bertie would be too old. End rant.