Firstly I wish to thank Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me on this Blog Tour for THIS DARK PLACE by Claire Kittridge
Delicate Prey Publishing
Available April 17, 2018
eBook and paperback
Priscilla Ames is the daughter of a Wall Street hedge fund manager that has made millions in the stock market. She’s reckless, impulsive, always wanting to be the center of attention, but one thing has been constant – her friendship with Avery Moss. They are like sisters that share adventures and look out for each other in times of need.
Avery Moss comes from a working-class family in Brooklyn. She met Priscilla as an 8 year-old at an elite NYC private school where Avery was on a one-year scholarship. They became friends on the first day of school when Avery beat up a boy that was teasing Priscilla. When Avery’s scholarship was discontinued, Priscilla’s father, Peter Ames, stepped in and has supported her schooling ever since, including sending the girls to a prestigious acting college in London
NYPD Detective Kelly Moore is a member of the elite Queens Violent Felony Squad. She is smart and strong and direct. Years ago, her older sister disappeared while traveling in England and the case was never solved, haunting all of her investigations. Moore’s greatest strength and her greatest weakness are two sides of the same coin: when she’s on her game, she works from the inside out, acting on hunches and then backing them up with evidence – but under duress, she acts rashly, leaping before she looks.
When Priscilla’s body is found by Avery in a posh London flat and her death is splashed across headlines worldwide, Kelly Moore flies across the Atlantic to join a crack team of British investigators working on the case.
Together with the London Metropolitan Police, Kelly must track down a twisted serial killer who seems to know her every move and her darkest secrets. As the body count rises, and panic spreads, the killer threatens to make Kelly the next victim.
In a heart-racing game of cat and mouse, Kelly must outwit this elusive master of surveillance – who might be the last person she suspects
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This would be my worst nightmare, one of my children dying. But even more devastating would be not knowing if my child had killed herself, or been murdered. The second option is one Priscilla’s father couldn’t leave to chance, that was to find the killer, if there was one. From the outside Priscilla had everything that she could ever possibly want or need. Her father had even put her best friend through an exclusive private school, then university and onto a top-notch acting school in London, so they could be together. But now she was dead and her dad was in the position to make sure he found out why.
Wow this is pretty intense, real hard-hitting what the hell happened to this young woman stuff that ended her life. I just felt everything that Peter Ames, her father, felt and I just knew that this man would never mend from losing his daughter no matter what he found out. He was struggling also with the thought that Avery, the girl he had treated like a daughter, could be involved. What did she really know about this tragedy? Now he had connections, legal ones in the NYPD, that he could wrangle onto the investigation in London and so Detective Kelly Moore is promptly despatched to the UK.
Kelly Moore is an unpredictable entity with issues from her past that haven’t been resolved but she has a keen mind to pick up on the little things that can easily be passed by. I just knew that I was going to love this lady that wasn’t frightened to get her sleeves rolled up and get really involved, though there was a point I thought this was going to end as a stand alone read! There are some hairy moments in this book that come with very regular bursts of hide behind the sofa moments, as the body count increases and the teams ‘must speak to’ list of people rapidly vanishes. This chameleon of a killer is one that blends well to get an upper hand and keep one step ahead.
This is a super debut novel that places Detective Kelly Moore in the perfect position for a promising cracking series.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Claire Kittridge grew up in Brooklyn, NY watching The X-files, Law and Order, and a worn-out VHS tape of Sweeney Todd that she found in the basement. Long a lover of atmospheric landscape, rolling hills, and rainy days, Claire fell in love with England and its great fictional detectives while traveling around Britain as a teenager.
An avid reader, triathlete, and boxing fan, Claire lives in New York City with her cat, Chairman Meow. She is currently at work on the second Kelly Moore novel.