Firstly I wish to thank Sriya Varadharajan of Michael Joseph, Penguin Random House for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Alice Teale is Missing by H. A. Linskey
YOU HAD A SECRET. ALICE FOUND OUT.
‘A highly entertaining, gripping and compulsive crime read, with many twists and turns’ *****
Alice Teale walked out of school at the end of a bright spring day.
She’s not been seen since.
Alice was popular and well-liked, and her boyfriend, friends and family are desperate to find her.
But soon it’s clear that everyone in her life has something to hide.
Then the police receive a disturbing package.
Pages from Alice’s precious diary.
Who could have sent them? And what have they done with Alice?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
The opening is, to say the least, creepy and unsettling. The perfect introduction for what is to follow. When the seventeen-year-old girl left school she was seen by a teacher, Alice Teale didn’t reach home.
DC Beth Winter had been transferred to Collemby, a small town in Northumbria when she graduated training college to join DCI Everleigh’s team. When Alice Teale went missing she was assigned with DS Lucas Black to take over the case from a retiring officer. Black comes with a past that makes him like the leper no-one wants to partner and a pairing that Winter felt very uncomfortable about. Something that she would have to deal with if they are to solve the case of the missing teenager. Thing is he is such a lovely bloke.
The town has seen better days and the school had been failing until John Morgan had been brought in and turned it around with his radical ideas that worked. When Black and Winter dig into the school’s history there have been disturbing problems in the past. Alice Teale is a popular girl, very pretty and up for a laugh but her home life leaves a lot to be desired. The murky pool of suspects clouds even more when torn out pages of Alice’s journal begin to arrive at the police station to taunt Black and Winter.
I felt like I was chasing every chapter so desperate to find out what had happened to Alice in this run down town, with residents that completed the picture perfectly. Every relationship had its ugly side, friends, lovers and workmates. The journal pages were cryptic but I got that completely, no-one wants their secrets and inner thoughts being found and read by someone else. Alice is quite a character, that isn’t easy to forget and to be honest I really don’t want to forget her. Black and Winter turn into a team I need more of. A perfect pairing.
Howard Linskey has got himself a real winner with this book and although he has stated it is a standalone I really hope that he makes this into a series, it would be a belter.
I wish to thank the publisher for a copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
2019 has been one of my busiest years yet, with two books published and another one on the way.
In November, my latest crime fiction novel, ‘Alice Teale is Missing’ will be published by Penguin Random House. I’ve given Tom Carney, Helen Norton and Ian Bradshaw a break, as this one is a standalone, featuring two new characters; rookie DC, Beth Winter and veteran DS, Lucas Black.
As usual, seventeen-year-old Alice Teale walked out of school at the end of a bright spring day. Detective Beth Winter knows that more often than not, the culprit is someone the victim knew. And it’s soon clear that everyone in Alice’s life seems to have something to hide. Then Beth receives a disturbing package: pages from Alice’s precious diary. Who could have sent them? And what have they done with Alice? In a town full of secrets, hers was the biggest…
I also completed my WW2 historical fiction novel, ‘Ungentlemanly Warfare’, which was published by No Exit on June 6th to coincide with the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
A soldier and a spy, an officer but not quite a gentleman, Captain Harry Walsh is SOE’s secret weapon. Loathed by his own commanding officer, haunted by the death of his closest friend and trapped in a loveless marriage, Harry Walsh is close to burn out when he is ordered to assassinate the man behind the ME 163 Komet, Hitler’s miracle jet fighter. If Walsh fails, there is no prospect of allied victory in Europe. Harry Walsh is ruthless, unorthodox and ungentlemanly. He is about to wreak havoc…
I’m delighted that Ungentlemanly Warfare will also be published in the US by Kensington Books. It has been great to write two very different books but I will be concentrating on crime for a while.
To round off a busy year, I’ve been working on a new book and I’m delighted to announce that I’ve signed up to write two new crime fiction titles for Penguin. Watch this space for news of the next one soon.
Howard’s web site is http://www.howardlinskey.co.uk