Critical Incidents #BookReview #NetGalley

Written by Lucie


150 hrt





Detective Inspector Robin Lyons is going home.

Dismissed for misconduct from the Met’s Homicide Command after refusing to follow orders, unable to pay her bills (or hold down a relationship), she has no choice but to take her teenage daughter Lennie and move back in with her parents in the city she thought she’d escaped forever at 18.

In Birmingham, sharing a bunkbed with Lennie and navigating the stormy relationship with her mother, Robin works as a benefit-fraud investigator – to the delight of those wanting to see her cut down to size.

Only Corinna, her best friend of 20 years seems happy to have Robin back. But when Corinna’s family is engulfed by violence and her missing husband becomes a murder suspect, Robin can’t bear to stand idly by as the police investigate. Can she trust them to find the truth of what happened? And why does it bother her so much that the officer in charge is her ex-boyfriend – the love of her teenage life?

As Robin launches her own unofficial investigation and realises there may be a link to the disappearance of a young woman, she starts to wonder how well we can really know the people we love – and how far any of us will go to protect our own.








A Gripping, Riveting Read!  Stars 5


This is a novel with plenty going to keep the reader’s attention glued to the pages, and there’s no doubt in my mind that it’s going to be an exciting series to follow!

Having been fired from her job with the Met, single parent Robin Lyons is forced to return to live with her parents, teenage daughter in tow. Whilst it’s not ideal as Robin and her mother have always had a fraught relationship, it’s a roof over their heads whilst she gets her act together. Working as a fraud investigator, Robin finds herself involved in a different kind of detective work, but when a house fire occurs at her best friend’s home with deadly consequences it affect Robin badly, especially with the friend’s husband going awol.

This is one book where you cannot risk losing your focus; so much going on! I really appreciated that there were so many characters and intertwining story lines – far too often it’s obvious where things are going in novels but it’s not something which happens here. I really needed to keep my wits about me whilst reading this one, but the rewards are huge; this is such a fantastic read! Involving friends, family, colleagues and with so many different strands, it is a gripping, riveting read and without doubt author Lucie Whitehouse has earned every one of the five sparkling stars I’m happy to give it. I hope the next one in series follows on quickly!

My thanks to publisher Fourth Estate at Harper Collins for my copy via NetGalley in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.


Tags: crime thriller
  • Format: ebook, paperback, hardcover, audio
  • Size: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Collins, Fourth Estate
  • Publication Date: 18 April 2019
  • Purchase Links: Google Play
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  •                                 W. H. Smith
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Meet the Author


Lucie Whitehouse


Lucie Whitehouse was born in Gloucestershire, England, in 1975. She read Classics at Oxford University and worked in publishing while writing her own first novel, The House at Midnight. She is the author of The Bed I Made, which was a TV Book Club pick; the bestselling Before We Met, a Richard and Judy Summer Book Club pick and ITV Crime Thriller Book Club selection; and Keep You Close. Her new novel, Critical Incidents, is the first in a projected trilogy of literary thrillers featuring DCI Robin Lyons and set in Birmingham, UK. Her books have been translated into thirteen languages. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughter.






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