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Rachel Hill works for SoulMates, a dating agency, and is being stalked by someone unknown. When Neil, a friend of Rachel’s as well as a client, is murdered in his bathroom, DI Claire Falle is called to the murder scene. The story is told in the third person from the points of view Claire and Rachel, with flashbacks to Rachel’s childhood, and several short chapters from an unknown narrator.
Rachel lost her mother when she was eleven years old. Her grief was overshadowed by her father’s inability to cope. He never recovered from the loss of his wife and sought solace in the bottom of a bottle. Rachel was left to look after them both as best she could. The flashbacks were intriguing, leaving me to wonder what relevance they had to the story playing out in the present, and at the same time fleshing out Rachel’s background and character.
'In the daylight, and with a tired mind, she starts to question the events of last night. Was there really somebody there? Was she just being paranoid? Is it the tiredness that’s making her jumpy, sending her heart racing when a loose strand of hair falls across one of her eyes?'
Claire’s home life isn’t going particularly well, made all the more difficult because her partner and his mates are also police officers. But she’s dedicated to her job and as this is her first murder enquiry since her promotion to Detective Inspector, she knows she has to make a good impression, and disregard any awkwardness. Claire is an immediately likeable character, clearly drawn, and having her personal life and thoughts worked into the story makes her more believable. She is desperate to protect Rachel after a previous case went disastrously wrong.
Engaging and easy to read writing with characters that appeal. Both timelines work well, blending seamlessly and keeping me intrigued, with a good twist which I wasn’t expecting. The ending also came as a complete surprise, so I’m looking forward to the next book.
I chose to read and review Lonely Hearts based on a digital copy of the book supplied by Brook Cottage Books and the author.
I really liked the flashbacks within the story and felt so sad for the situation Rachel was left in, looking after her father when she was a mere child, both stricken with grief over the sudden death of her mother. These flashbacks provide the reader to some insight into who Rachel is, giving her character real substance.
D.I Claire Fallon is a likeable character and one not without her own set of problems. Living with her partner, also in the police force, her life isn't turning out quite how she had planned. Suddenly thrown into a domestic situation she does not find fulfilling at all, she is desperately trying to find a way out. However, the distraction of a murder investigation and trying to find out just who is stalking Rachel leaves Claire desperate to make a good impression with her squad and try to put personal difficulties to one side. She resolves not to make the same mistakes she did with a previous investigation.
I really enjoyed this book. It had enough going on to keep me interested with good steady pacing and lots of interesting and complex characters. The book had lots of twists and turns and at times had me completely confused as to who the killer might be. I love books that can stretch me and frustrate me at the same time and this book certainly fits the bill. The ending made me want to scream at the top of my lungs and now I'm desperate to read the next book in the series! I was really drawn to the author's writing style and would highly recommend this book to crime lovers who want a book that will grip them right to the very end and leave them wanting more!
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