Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Merciless by Heleyne Hammersley
Two murders. One missing girl.
DI Kate Fletcher is called out to a freezing canal where a woman’s body is found floating in a lock. With no identification, the police struggle to piece together the details of the woman’s life.
In Thorpe a daughter confesses to the murder of her father. She says she helped him escape a painful death from liver cancer, but was her role more active than she claims?
As Kate and her team investigate, the links between the two cases are inescapable and everything seems to lead back to the disappearance of a teenager years earlier.
Then the main suspect vanishes….
Can Kate connect the events of past and present to bring the culprit to justice?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is the second book in the Kate Fletcher series but my first, it stands very well on its own so don’t worry about jumping in. I was really taken with how this book was set out. The first death was that of a young woman found in the local canal lock. This soon moved from a simple drowning to that of murder and then there was the confession of a middle-aged woman stating that she had killed her terminally ill father by aiding his suicide. This of course should have been an open and shut case but it just doesn’t sit right with Fletcher after meeting the ever so cool Caroline, the daughter of the cancer victim. A few questions and a little digging soon give cause for concern and a double work load!
You have a head start on the investigating team pretty early on in the story as you soon know who has done what, the thing you don’t know is why. The chapters switch between Fletcher and her team in the investigations and of course Caroline. Caroline has many sides to her as you will find out when the story dips into the past, both recent and much further back. Other people’s re-call of the family makes for shocking reading.
I really loved how the information was fed to me about Caroline’s past and care that she administered to her father as both became more shocking as the story progresses. This in turn played with my own moral compass. A super story line, plausible, intriguing and very much a need to know what had happened in the past. A lot I did guess but it is the horror of reading it that makes your worst nightmares real!
I am left wanting to know more about what makes Fletcher tick. Hope to find out a little more as the series builds.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Heleyne Hammersley is a British writer based in Cumbria. She writes psychological suspense thrillers and crime novels.
Heleyne has been writing since junior school – her first work was a collection of poems called ‘Give Them the Works’ when she was ten years old. The poems were carefully handwritten on plain paper and tied together with knitting wool.
When she’s not writing, Heleyne can often be found wandering on the fells or in the local park with her dog.
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