Forgotten Victim by Helen H. Durrant #BookReview #DetectiveRachelKing4 #JoffeBooks #5*

A BRAND NEW MYSTERY FROM #1 BEST-SELLING AUTHOR HELEN H. DURRANT THAT WILL HAVE YOU GRIPPED FROM START TO PULSATING FINISH.

The decomposed remains of a body are found entombed in the depths of a disused Manchester cotton mill. 

Detective Rachel King is called in to investigate the grisly discovery.

IF NO ONE KNOWS THE VICTIM, HOW CAN YOU CATCH THE KILLER?

With gunshot wounds to the knees, this was no accident. This was murder. But the question is: was this a gangland killing or a murder motivated by a deadly secret closer to home?

With the help of DS Elwyn Price, Rachel must follow the evidence where it takes her. But who can she trust? And who in this notorious area knows more than they’re admitting to?

Meanwhile, Rachel has a huge secret of her own. 

How long can she keep her pregnancy from her colleagues before she has to face up to the reality of her relationship with the shadowy character Jed McAteer?

Can Rachel uncover the dark secrets of the past and catch the killer — before anyone else dies?

A MYSTERY FULL OF STUNNING TWISTS

Detective Rachel King series

Book 1 – Next Victim

Book 2 – Two Victims

Book 3 – Wrong Victim

Book 4 – Forgotten Victim

A Thoroughly Gripping Read!

Well, this is a really tough mystery to crack – I had no idea who the baddie was until all was revealed!

When a body is found in an old mill, Rachel King and her team have their work cut out for them. With the evidence pointing at the body having been shot in both knees, it turns into a murder investigation. They need answers to their questions, but with locals either unwilling to talk or only telling untruths, their work becomes much more complex. They have a plethora of unanswered questions and the only way to get results is through dogged police work. At the same time, Rachel has to deal with her surprise pregnancy which she has been ignoring – and if she doesn’t make decisions now, it will be too late as her condition will be obvious to all . . .

Helen H. Durrant has a wonderful grasp of what makes compulsive reading! There are no shortage of suspects in this one – at one time or another I’ve had just about every character in the frame for murder. Slowly, and by working their socks off, the truth begins to emerge but some very clever writing keeps the revelation until almost the very end. I love that the crime aspect of the story takes precedence over the private lives of the characters; there is just enough information to make them human and not so much as to take over from the mystery. I also appreciate that the only information in preceding books in the series is what is pertinent to this tale, meaning that at some point (when I find out how to elasticate time), I can return to read the earlier one. A thoroughly gripping novel, easily earning all five sparkling stars.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: crime mystery, police procedural

Author Bio

Helen is one of the ‘baby boomer’ generation. She was born in Edinburgh to an English father and Scottish mother.

Helen sets her books in the area she has lived in for many years. The towns and villages that sit in the shelter of the Pennine hills. This is an area between two counties, Lancashire and Yorkshire, and between the city and the hills. It offers a rich mix of the industrial and the countryside and all the character therein.

Helen always planned to write crime novels. But until she retired from full-time work in a local further education college, it had to go on the back burner. Once she did retire – there was no excuse. She now writes full-time. Retirement proper will have to wait!

Social Media

Twitter: @HHDurrant

Facebook: @helenhdurrant

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