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Her Last Goodnight, by Michael Scanlon

 

Finnegan Beck’s latest case is the murder of Eddie Kavanagh, beaten to death but not robbed of the engagement ring he was carrying. Beck is convinced that there is a connection with a local brothel but his superiors are skeptical. Then other witnesses are found murdered too…
Finnegan Beck is a complex characters and his personal life is at the forefront of this novel. He is back to drinking, although managing to restrict himself so that he can still work. His lover moves in but she is the wife of his former chief superintendent who refuses to allow him to return to his former police role.
I liked the relationship between Beck and Claire who wants to take exams and progress her career but feels compelled to follow procedure rather than acting on instinct. There is also the spectre of his parents’ unhappy marriage and untimely deaths. This affects his drinking and whole attitude towards the case. He suffers flashbacks and remembers details he has blanked out for years.
Her Last Goodnight is a much more emotional book than the previous two in the series (Where She Lies and The Child Before). We gain a better insight into Beck’s history whilst also despairing at his life choices. His dogged determination and commitment to justice shine through the novel whilst author Michael Scanlon also demonstrates his softer side with the fostering of the murde vistim’s dog Max.
Overall, a very enjoyable police procedure novel with a very human emotional core.

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Title: Her Last Goodnight
 
Author: Michael Scanlon
 
Buy Links:
Amazon: https://geni.us/B081576NZBSocial
Apple Books: https://apple.co/32sAaZN
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2JZ96ea
Googleplay: http://bit.ly/2oXmkAQ
 
Publication Day: 14/01/2020
 
 
Description:
Eddie stands at his door anxiously waiting for her to arrive, touching the box in his pocket for luck. He doesn’t hear the footsteps behind him until it’s too late…
Detective Finnegan Beck is called to a violent crime scene – a remote house near the rural Irish town of Cross Beg – where a dog lies whimpering beside his beloved owner’s body.
At first it looks like a burglary gone wrong. But Beck spots something his colleagues didn’t. The victim, Eddie Kavanagh, was wearing his smartest clothes. He’d brushed his hair. And, on closer inspection, a small velvet box containing an engagement ring is discovered in his pocket, along with a letter to a nameless woman, which seems to suggest she’s in danger.
Those who knew Eddie have no idea about a female friend though – there’s been no one in his life since a girl who he’d loved and who’d broken his heart decades before.
So who was the woman Eddie was waiting for? And did his connection with her ultimately lead to his murder? When a beautiful young woman is then found beaten to death, murdered exactly as Eddie had been, Beck has to ask – is the danger over? Or is it just beginning?
An absolutely addictive and atmospheric crime novel that will leave you gasping for breath. If you love gripping thrillers from Rachel Caine, Robert Dugoni and Kendra Elliot, you won’t be able to put this one down.

 

 

Author Bio:
Michael Scanlon is a civilian employee of the An Garda Siochana (the Irish police force), but a life threatening undiagnosed illness that struck while travelling in Spain in 2014 has rendered him on long term sick leave. He is married to Eileen and has a daughter, Sarah. He lives in the countryside outside the town of Ballina in County Mayo. The town has arguably the best salmon river in Europe, called the Moy.
 
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/MScanlonAuthor
 


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The Small Hand, by Susan Hill: book and TV review comparison

Susan HIll has been terrifying me since I was little (aged about 10 and there is NO WAY I would let Matthew read it as he approaches the same age!) when I read and then watched The Woman In Black. I also saw the theatre production in my 20s and scared myself silly.
Simply spooky and devastatingly good.
I have had The Small Hand on my Kindle for ages but not got around to reading it. Then I saw that a TV version was being aired over the Christmas holidays and decided to read the book before watching the show.
Adam Snow is a dealer in antique books and travelling home one day he discovers The White House, an abandoned stately home and gardens. Whilst exploring the grounds, he feels a small hand hold his. There then follows a number of spooky incidents and danger. Adam returns to the house to look for answers and meets an elderly woman but is she a ghost as well…?
It is a short book of only 170 pages so easy to read in a couple of hours. I made the BIG MISTAKE of reading it at night and stopping halfway to sleep. An hour later, I woke from a ghostly nightmare and clung to Chris, terrified that a small figure would grab my hand (not Zach this time).
The Small Boy is genuinely creepy. I found the characters to be realistic which added to the unsettling feeling as it could be real (I do believe in ghosts!)
The ending of the book disappointed me a little as it was too subtle and left questions unanswered. However, my overall impression of the book is a respectful ‘fearfully good’.

 

There was no way that I was going to watch Susan Hill’s A Ghost Story on my own or at night so I called in my mum to ‘protect’ me during a daytime viewing.
So how did the TV version compare with the book? Well, it was completely different!
I appreciate how difficult it must be to convey fear and horror of the subtlety that Susan Hill uses in her writing without a load of special effects, spooky music and panoramic camera angles.
The plot had a slight shift in focus as subsidiary characters were given prominence, in particular Adam’s brother and his friend’s wife. Who he just happens to be having an affair with… Cue some bonking which is definitely not in the book! (Bonking is Mum’s word :D)
Denisa is a young woman and very definitely a ghost in the TV adaptation. Yep, more bonking in a flashback scene…
We didn’t jump with terror whilst watching it (except when my postman sneakily delivered the post, I wish Ollie wasn’t deaf so could still bark a warning!)
The ending was completely unexpected due to a deviation from the book. The final scene was utterly chilling and heartbreaking, leaving a lingering feeling of sadness and dread.
Overall, I found the book much more terrifying than the TV adaptation but enjoyed both.
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The Mothers, by Sarah J. Naughton

 

The Mothers book cover

 

Blimey, what a book! The Mothers front cover gives little away about the extraordinary journey readers are taken on over the course of this book. Part police investigation, part psychological mystery, part woman-affirming literature.
Five women united by their antenatal classes continue their unlikely friendship with regular meet ups to discuss the highs and lows of motherhood and marriage whilst also letting their hair down and relaxing. The morning after one such ‘Mother’s Club’ night out, Bella discovers her husband has disappeared and reports it to the police who suspect he has run away with one of the other mums that also can’t be found…
The plot narrative then splits between the lead police detective Iona and her investigation in the present day, and the five mothers in the past. This leads us to make guesses about what may have happened and develops our empathy with all of the women.
The women are portrayed as strong despite their vulnerabilities and problems, and female friendship is a key theme to the book. There were plenty of twists but the final couple of chapters were really good at tying up loose ends.
Iona is a likeable character and interesting lead detective. She is gay and fancies one of her colleagues which makes her behave erratically at times. I found her portrayal to be very realistic and human, and this divided my loyalties as the storylines of the five mothers were revealed and the investigation develops.
Author Sarah J. Naughton writes clearly and compassionately about her characters, making us feel an affinity with both the suspects and the police. I absolutely loved this book and can’t wait to read more from this author!

 

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‘Gripping, tense, taut and brilliant. You’ll be begging your friends to read it so you can discuss it over and over again.’ Rebecca Reid, Grazia
The Mothers
from Costa short-listed author
Sarah J Naughton
Published as a paperback original by Trapeze, 9th January 2020, £7.99. Also available in eBook and audio.
 
Five women meet at their local antenatal group. The only thing they really have in common is that they are all pregnant and live within the Chelsea area. Beyond that they all lead very different lives.
Five secrets. Three years later, they are all good friends and often meet up as a group, nick named ‘The Mothers Club’. They get along well enough. Don’t they?
One missing husband. When Bella’s husband goes missing the same night as one of their mothers club get togethers, the police come knocking. Each of the women clearly have secrets they’d like to hide. But the trouble with secrets is that someone always tells…
Author Sarah J. Naughton
Sarah J Naughton grew up in Dorset and is the bestselling author of The Other Couple and Tattletale. Her debut children’s thriller, The Hanged Man Rises was shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Award. The Mothers is her third novel for adults. Sarah now lives with her family in Belgravia.
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