Firstly wish to thank Jill Burkinshaw on behalf of Joffe Books for inviting me to be part of this Blog Tour for HER DARK PATH by Ken Ogilvie
16 years ago Rebecca Bradley’s mother was murdered. Rebecca was only eight years old. The killer has never been caught. Growing up, Rebecca vowed that one day she would track him down and make him pay.
Now Rebecca is a young police woman in Ontario. She wants to become a homicide detective. Her first investigation is the cold case of a woman who vanished for 16 days and then was found dead in her own home. The brutal crime shocks the small Canadian town of Conroy.
The puzzling case has uncanny similarities to the murder of Rebecca’s mother. Both victims were found strangled in their own kitchens.
Can Rebecca keep her emotions together as she closes in on a killer with connections to her family and tragic past? And will she finally get justice for her mother?
Discover a new crime writer who will have you gripped till the pulsating end.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
When Rebecca Bradley was only 8 her mother was murdered which put this little girl on a mission to one day find out who had killed her. Now 16 years later she is in the office of her ex lover and superior Jonathan Cartwright, using the fact that he has never got over the split, to get her own way. Now a serving police woman in Ontario Rebecca is after a cold case that Jonathan had and never solved. A case that is a mirror image of the murder of her own mother. If she can use their past to gain the case then it will also open up documents that she hasn’t had access to before to solve her mother’s case too. The poor man didn’t stand a chance and acting homicide detective Rebecca Bradley exits the office.
As each chapter begins there is a drop back to earlier years and diary entries of Rebecca that give an insight into her and the decisions that she made. Rebecca knew that the new appointment wouldn’t go down well with some as she was sure that most people at least suspected they knew of her not so indiscretion with her boss before the split. For Rebecca this was her best shot and she headed off to Conroy.
Wow here we go. I do love a woman who knows how to work what she has and Rebecca really did that. All her life, well since her mother’s death, she has had one goal and this was her shot. Rebecca doesn’t just have the ability to rattle her ex lover but also a whole town and it doesn’t go down very well and this hornets nest will have a fatal sting for some. You just got to mellow to one resident, Hound a giant of a man with a soul and heart to go with it, even if he is totally random.
Ken Ogilvie builds this story through the emotions of Rebecca and turns it into a story that has an urgency and momentum as each chapter goes by. There are some real shocking moments to discover that kept me reading this book in one shot. It may be the author’s first ‘stab’ at this genre but I hope that he will follow-up with more of the same soon.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I began my fiction writing as a novice, but I had extensive writing experience in technical and policy areas, and I was a ferocious editor of staff reports at Pollution Probe. Novel writing would come naturally to me, or so I thought (incorrectly). I wrote half of a really crappy science-fiction book, and then struggled over whether to continue. But I’m not a quitter, so I shelved that book for the time being, took a deep breath, and hit the reset button.
I’m currently an independent environmental policy consultant, working from home in Toronto, Canada, although I’m on the road a lot. Recent consulting contracts of mine include preparing a case study designed to be used by the Said Business School, University of Oxford, on the province of Alberta’s recent transition towards being a climate policy leader in Canada, and I’ve done research and ran workshops on the creation of a new Canadian Energy Information Organization. I serve on the Boards of Directors for two leading environmental and energy organizations – the Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development, and Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST). And when spare time and suitable opponents permit, I play the odd game of chess, which was a passion of mine in younger days