Blog Tour Review: Close to the Bone

Posted 8th September 2020 by Emma in Reviews / 1 Comment

Blog Tour Review: Close to the Bone

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Blog Tour Review: Close to the BoneClose to the Bone by Susan Wilkins
Also by this author: Buried Deep
Series: Detective Megan Thomas #2
Also in this series: Buried Deep
Published by Bookouture on 8th September 2020
Genres: Crime, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 313
Format: eARC
Source: from Netgalley
Amazon Kindle

‘Detective Thomas, there’s no easy way to say this. We’ve brought Debbie in for questioning.’‘You mean my sister Debbie? What are you talking about? You’ve arrested my sister?’‘Megan, she’s our prime suspect.’
Detective Megan Thomas hoped that moving to Devon would mean a quiet life. Her years undercover in London left her broken and alone, unsure if she would ever recover. Slowly, she’s learning to work with a team and trust other people. But when her sister Debbie finds the body of local businessman Greg Porter, that peace is shattered.
Porter’s wife and children don’t seem entirely grief-stricken, and his business dealings are not all they appear to be. So why are the police so determined to focus on Debbie? And why is she acting so suspiciously? When Megan learns what happened between Porter and Debbie, it threatens to tear the family apart, and forces her to ask if her beloved sister could really have done something so terrible.
Her boss won’t allow her anywhere near the case, leaving Megan on the sidelines. Caught between the job she loves, and what she feels she must do, Megan finds herself faced with an impossible decision. She’s desperate to save her sister, but what if Debbie is lying? When a second body and a surprise confession takes the case into even muddier waters, Megan must decide where her loyalty lies – with her family, or the truth.
And whatever choice she makes, will she be able to live with herself?

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Thank you to Bookouture for my copy of this book via Netgalley and for letting me take part in this tour. I really enjoyed the first book in this series so I was very excited to read book 2. Even though it’s a series you could read these as standalones.

Megan Thomas is understandably outraged when her sister is arrested. This whole line of questioning and thought trail was sloppy police work. If there’s one thing Megan can’t stand its sloppy work. Megan has quite a fight to prove her sister is innocent though. Megan also has to deal with liaising with the National Crime Agency (NCA) and her past coming to haunt her. Poor Megan really goes through the wringer in this book.

There is a lot going on with the two cases. The murder of Greg Porter and the smuggling ring. There are quite a few red herrings in this book and every time I thought I knew what was happening it turned out that Susan was leading me up a blind alley. The cases were very gripping and I was eager to find out the truth.

I was not expecting the story to progress as it did. Quite a few things in the last few chapters took me by surprise. I guess you just really don’t know how some people react or handle certain situations.

It was great to be back with Megan and I hope there are more books to come. I really want to learn more about Megan’s past!

About Susan Wilkins

Susan Wilkins also writes as S.J. Wilkins

Susan worked for years in television drama, wrote for shows including Casualty, Heartbeat, Coronation Street and Eastenders and created the London-based detective drama South of the Border.

Her gritty, Essex-based gangster trilogy – THE INFORMANT, THE MOURNER and THE KILLER – has been compared to Martina Cole and Kimberley Chambers and described as “blazingly brilliant” (Sunday Mirror).

IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME, her fourth book, is a twisty psychological thriller, featuring police detective Jo Boden, an ambitious cop still grieving for a murdered sister.

For 2020 a completely gripping new series from Susan introduces the tough and determined Detective Megan Thomas. For fans of Ann Cleeves, LJ Ross and Mari Hannah, this will keep you hooked from the first page to the last.

Writing as S.J. Wilkins, A KILLER’S HEART – a tense and timely political thriller, is now available on Kindle.


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