Four friends. A house full of secrets. And a killer picking them off one by one…
She tried to break her fall, twisting desperately, but there was nothing to catch hold of, nothing with which she could stop herself. Her single scream cut through the night air.
Keira North falls to her death at a party. It initially seems like an accident, but Detectives Alex King and Chloe Lane suspect foul play: they are convinced they are dealing with a murder.
When the detectives start to investigate, they soon find that all of Keira’s closest friends have secrets that someone might kill to keep.
And as Alex and Chloe are fighting their own demons and struggling to stay on top of the case, Keira’s killer is circling the group of friends, who one by one find that their lives are in danger…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Victoria Jenkins lives with her husband in South Wales, where she writes crime fiction and teaches English. The Girls in the Water is her debut novel, the first featuring Detective Inspector Alex King and Detective Constable Chloe Lane. The second book in the series will be published in late 2017.
I’m delighted to be taking part in The First One To Die blog tour today, the second book in Victoria Jenkins Detectives King and Lane series.
Victoria Jenkins, Detectives King and Lane series is fast becoming one of my favourites. I loved the first book The Girls in the Water and The First One To Die is even better.
At the beginning of the book, Keira North falls to her death at a house party. DI Alex King is convinced that someone pushed her intentionally. However, she is put under pressure to find evidence that Kiera’s death wasn’t an accident; her boss is keen to put the limited resources they have, to better use, so Alex has to work quickly. Soon the body count begins to rise and DI King realises that Kiera’s housemates haven’t been entirely truthful with her. What has been going on in that house? What secrets have they been hiding?
Victoria Jenkins writing is hugely addictive. The characters and the plot kept me glued to the page as I attempted to work out who was responsible for Kiera’s death. There are plenty of different layers in this book for Alex and Chloe to get to the bottom of. As Alex tries to find the evidence to support her theory that Kiera was murdered, Chloe is investigating another case where a girl has ended up in a coma, after taking drugs at a separate party. And the cases soon collide. There were plenty of twists and turns and the final chapters of the book had me racing towards the end.
We also learn a lot more about Alex’s personal life in this book; the first novel focuses on Chloe and her back story, so it was fascinating to get to know Alex a little better. Although this book can be read as a standalone I would recommend starting with The Girls in the Water to fully appreciate the character development.
This is another brilliant book by Victoria Jenkins and I’m already excited to read her next one, I’m hoping that there are more books featuring Alex and Chloe to come. Thank you to Bookouture and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of the book to read and to Noelle Holton for inviting me to take part in the blog tour.
Publication date: 15th November 2017
Print length: 328 pages
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