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.Fear in the Lakes by Graham Smith
Also by this author: The Silent Dead, A Body in the Lakes
Series: Detective Beth Young #3
Also in this series: The Silent Dead, A Body in the Lakes
Published by Bookouture on 15th March 2019
Genres: Crime, Mystery, Suspense
Source: from Netgalley
A case with no leads.
A victim with no enemies.
A killer with no conscience…
When Detective Beth Young is called to investigate a victim with multiple broken bones, nothing prepares her for what she finds. James Sinclair is fighting for his life, and Beth can’t shake the idea that the nature of his injuries suggest someone with a personal grudge against him.
But James’s devastated wife Laura insists that her kind, softly-spoken husband is a man with no enemies. She was the one with the fiery temper, but James was so calm, she’d never once managed to provoke even a cross word from him in their eight year marriage. And he was the same with everyone – she can’t name one person who might want to hurt him.
But she knows virtually no details about her husband’s childhood or his life before he moved to the Lake District as a young man, and Beth feels sure that the key to finding James’s attacker is hidden in the secrets of his past. Who was he really? And what is the significance of the coded messages that Beth finds hidden on his laptop?
Then two more bodies are found in one of the deep, picturesque lakes that the area is so famous for, exhibiting similar injuries to the ones James Sinclair suffered. How are they connected? And how many more people are at risk?
Beth knows she is in a race against time to hunt a vicious killer who is both elusive and incredibly dangerous. A killer who knows what James did in the past. Who likes to be one step ahead. But who – if they realise they’re being hunted – might come for Beth next…
Thank you to Bookouture for letting me take part in this tour and for my copy of this book via netgalley. I have been following DC Beth Young since her first book. This may be the third but you could probably read this as a standalone.
In this third instalment, Beth is growing in confidence and really shows her intellect in this book. After James Sinclair is brutally attacked Beth and the rest of FMIT have quite the case on their hands.
There were one or two things that seemed really obvious to me but it took the team a long time to even consider them as an option. The majority of the book was full of twists and turns and one I didn’t see coming until it was essentially revealed. Graham does a good job of keeping the reader on their toes
I loved that some of the chapters were from the killers POV. It was very interesting to see their side of things. This killer was extremely clever and extremely skilled. I can’t say much more without ruining the story for you but I was impressed by the killer’s skills.
I also really enjoyed the personal aspects of the story. Beth’s determination to trace those that scarred her face is strong but not outside the law. Beth is not prepared to risk her career for her own revenge which really speaks to Beth’s character. I can’t wait to see where this story goes next.
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