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BOOK 3 IN THE GRIPPING HANNAH WEYBRIDGE SERIES
A woman’s body is found in a lake. Is it a sad case of suicide or something more sinister? Hannah Weybridge, still reeling from her friend’s horrific murder and the attempts on her own life, doesn’t want to get involved, but reluctantly agrees to look into the matter for the family.
The past however still stalks her steps, and a hidden danger accompanies her every move.
The third in the bestselling Hannah Weybridge thriller series, Songs of Innocence provides Hannah with her toughest and deadliest – assignment yet…
From the moment I started reading Songs of Innocence by Anne Coates I was utterly gripped. Although I haven’t read the first two books in the series, which I will soon be rectifying, I thought that this novel could easily be read as a standalone and I had no problems in settling into the story. Anne’s writing has a wonderful flow to it that makes the reader really concentrate on the plot and the characters. This book is perfect for fans of Fiona Barton.
Set in 1994, two boys discover the body of a young Asian woman in a pond at their local park. Detectives investigating the case believe that the woman has committed suicide, but journalist Hannah Weybridge is soon pulled into the mystery when a member of the victim’s family contacts her and asks her to look into the case. And as Hannah’s investigations progresses it appears that foul play may have been committed.
Hannah absolutely fascinated me. We are given some information about previous cases that she has worked on during her career as a journalist and it really made me want to go back and start the series at the beginning. I have really enjoyed books recently that have featured journalists as main characters, and I have now added Hannah Weybridge on that list as well. I also really liked the relationship that she had with her daughter, Elizabeth which gave a very human aspect to her character and it made her really likeable.
In her latest novel, Anne tackles topical issues in her writing and in her current book she looks at forced marriages within the Asian community. Although the book is set twenty years earlier, these are still issues which are prevalent today.
Songs of Innocence is engaging and really well written. I’ll certainly be looking out for books by Anne Coates in the future. Thank you to Kelly at Love Books Group for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and for providing me with a copy of the book to review.
Publisher: Urbane Publications
Publication date: 24th May 2018
Print length: 360 pages
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