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- Print Length: 216 pages
- Publisher: Bloodhound Books (July 23, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 23, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0741KB51N
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,601 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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I have a real soft spot for DI Denis Hamilton. The more we discover about this character, the more I like him. He is different to my usual damaged detectives but that doesn’t mean that tragedy hasn’t touched his life. There is a heartbreaking back story there but it is fully explained if you are new to this series. I also enjoyed the way in which DI Hamilton was immediately thrown into the investigation despite being on holiday in the Lake District with his wife and mother. Hamilton is a dedicated member of the force and a little bit of R&R won’t get in the way of an intriguing case.
The members of his team once again shone through, each one individual and with their own foibles. I was desperate to know more about DS Kerry Fraser after the last book and Lyons has given a sneak preview into her home life which I hope will be expanded on in the next book. DS Yasmine Dixon is a new addition to the team and I found myself feeling surprising cagey towards her. I can’t quite explain why that is but I hope to warm to her over time (although at one point I thought she was one of the poor red jersey wearing ensigns in Star Trek! If you’re a tragic nerd like me then you may get what I mean, lol).
I really enjoyed the plot of this book; it felt more ‘my thing’ than a number of other police procedurals I have read of late. By that I mean there is a rather twisted serial killer out to exact revenge on a tight-knit group of friends.
One thing I will say about this author’s books is that she knows how to write a cracking prologue. I can clearly remember the early scenes set by the author in No Safe Home and I must have read that book over six months ago now. Once again, Tara Lyons gave me chills with her dramatic opening scene and I flipping loved it!
Would I recommend this book? I would but, as always with a series, try to start with the first book. You won’t lose anything by diving straight in with book three (it works well as a standalone) but it really adds to the reading experience, and they’re brilliant books! Tara Lyons gets better with each book which makes Deadly Friendship my favourite of the series, so far.
Five out of five stars.
I chose to read and review an eARC of Deadly Friendship. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.
This book has a great prologue with that #killerhook right from the start and an awesome build up of suspense and anticipation that kept me wanting to turn those pages! The storyline was intriguing and kept me guessing – I found I was trying to put all the pieces of the puzzle together as each chapter was read. What I liked a lot about this book was that it was told from two points of view: third person and occasionally the killer – a risky technique as if it is not done right, it can leave the story feeling very disjointed. Fortunately, the author nailed it and really set the tone well! It also had a #IKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer feel to it, without coming across as cheesy. Loved that!
This part of the series was rich with characters, but not overloaded so the reader won’t get confused. The main character, DI Denis Hamilton is married, but really seems to “like the ladies”- I mean he eyeballed all of them! Don’t get ne wrong, he loves his wife- but down boy! Did I miss something in book 2?! 🤣 He has a great sense of humour, dedicated to his team/the job and determined to find the truth. I felt I learned a lot more about him in this novel than the previous one I read. I love that!
Felcity- OMFG I really wanted to slap this girl as she just got on my nerves. I get that she lost a friend and was scared, but she really annoyed me. When a character gets under my skin and leaves an impression – whether it be a good or bad one- the author has done their job as far as I am concerned – well done, Tara!
I think one of my favourite characters, other than Rocky, in this book had to be DS Kerry Fraser. New to the team, I immediately wondered What’s her story? DS Fraser was still trying to find where she fit in and wanting to prove herself. A strong, confident but also vulnerable character I am really looking forward to learning more about her in future books.
I have to say, this book was the best in the series so far. The author has really upped her game and her writing is going from strength to strength. Would I recommend this book? Well that would be an absolute Hell Yeah from me. Although it is book 3 in a series, it can easily be read as a standalone. So if you are looking for a police procedural packed with intense mystery and fantastic suspense – with a twist or two to keep you on your toes…then grab a copy of Deadly Friendship!
My thanks to Bloodhound Books for an ARC; all opinions are my own unbiased views.
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!
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This is the 3rd in the series and by far the best. DI Hamilton leads his team on the hunt for a sadistic killer.Read more