The One Who Got Away by L.A. Detwiler #bookreview

I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on L.A. Detwiler’s new thriller, The One Who Got Away today on my blog.

The One Who Got Away: A wonderfully tense edge-of-your-seat domestic thriller by [Detwiler, L.A.]


“Get out while you can. You’ll die here…”

Adeline Evans has recently moved into a home for the elderly. A safe space, where she can be cared for.

When she begins to receive cryptic and threatening notes, she is certain that someone is out to get her.

But the residents are warned against listening to a woman who is losing her memory. It would seem Adeline is tormented by the secrets in her past, and that the menace is all in her mind.

Until danger comes down the corridor and starts knocking in the night…


The One Who Got Away is a book that could have quite easily passed me by, but I am so glad I read it. When I did start reading, I did wonder how a psychological thriller was going to work set in a care home for the elderly, but once I got into the book, I just couldn’t stop reading. It did remind me of when I used to visit my great-grandmother in a care home, but unlike the care home in this book, she really enjoyed living there and never wanted to leave. The author, L.A. Detwiler, paints a vivid portrayal of how vulnerable those suffering with dementia are. It is quite a tough read at times, but I found it utterly compelling, and I liked how L.A. Detwiler tied everything up with a series of murders that happened in the 50s which have remained unsolved.

This is a novel with a real difference. We meet Adeline who is close to the end of her life and her daughter, Claire, has taken the difficult decision of moving her into a care home, believing that her mother will be safe there. Adeline is beginning to suffer from dementia, and she knows from the moment she steps over the threshold into the home that this will be her final destination. But things are not all they seem at the home, and soon ghosts from her past start to haunt her as she recalls the terrible choice she made decades earlier, which has had an impact on her for the rest of her life.

L.A. Detwiler did a brilliant job at creating a claustrophobic setting. There were some really horrible characters working in the home which do make it quite uncomfortable to read at time. There have been some cases in the news recently where elderly residents have been abused in care homes, and it is a sickening idea to think about. It makes you think that these types of people have no right to be in the position that they are.

As we begin to learn more about Adeline’s past, we begin to realise that she is harbouring a devastating secret, and I wanted to find out what happened in her past. At the time when she was growing up, a terrifying serial killer was targeting women in her hometown, and the killer was never caught. I was desperate to know who the killer was, and I kept thinking about two potential suspects. As the author revealed more about what happened during that time, I did manage to guess who the killer was, so the final reveals didn’t come as a complete surprise to me, but I really liked how the book ended and how different it was. I really didn’t expect it to end this way and I don’t think I’ll be forgetting about it for a long time.

If you’re looking for a book that stands out in the psychological thriller market, this is definitely one that you need to read. L.A. Detwiler’s highly intriguing plot drew me in from the first page. I’ll definitely be reading more books by this author.

Publisher: One More Chapter

Publication date: 19th February 2020

Print length: 313 pages

The One Who Got Away is available to buy:

Amazon UK

February Wrap-Up

If you’re living in the UK you’ll no doubt have felt the storms batter the island over the last month. Every weekend it seems that there’s been high winds and heavy rain and we’ve even had some snow thrown into the mix. But hopefully, now that we’re into March, the weather’s going to start changing for the better as spring is just around the corner.

I’ve been quite busy on the blog this month, taking part in eight blog tours and reviewing four separate titles. I was determined to catch up on James Oswald’s Inspector McLean series as I had missed out on reading the last five books in the series. I’ve so far managed to read 22 books this year.

At the beginning of this month on the 6th February I attended the launch for A Dark Matter by Doug Johnstone at the Union Club in Soho. Doug Johnstone was in conversation with Mark Billingham about his latest book and even treated us to a few musical numbers. For those of you who don’t know, Doug Johnstone and Mark Billingham are members of the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers which also consists of Val McDermid, Chris Brookmyre and Luca Veste, they made their debut at Glastonbury last year. If you ever get the chance to see them, definitely try and do so.


At the launch I was also very lucky to be handed copies of three hotly anticipated books for 2020, Blood Red City by Rod Reynolds, The Waiting Rooms by Eve Smith and The Creak on the Stairs by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir. I couldn’t resist starting Blood Red City and I finished it within a couple of days, it will definitely appeal to fans of the BBC’s The Capture.


I also received copies of Will Dean’s latest Tuva Moodyson thriller, Black River which I am sharing my review as part of the blog tour this month, You Are Not Alone by Geer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen and A Knock at the Door by T.W. Ellis.

I was also delighted to see a quote from my review appear on the back cover of Death Deserved by Thomas Enger and Jorn Lier Horst.


For March I’ve got eight blog tours lined up, The Waxwork Corpse by Simon Michael on the 11th, Black River by Will Dean on the 13th, Containment by Vanda Symon on the 15th, Mine by Clare Empson on the 18th, The Unbroken by Alex Caan on the 20th, Deep Dark Night by Steph Broadribb on the 27th, The Sleeping Season by Kelly Creighton on the 28th and All in her Head by Nikki Smith on the 30th.

So that’s about it for this month. Also do keep an eye out for some more First Monday Crime news this month as it is returning to City University, London on Monday, 6th April. I’ll be sharing details about who will be appearing shortly.

Let me know if you’ve read any of the books I’ve featured here and what you’re reading at the moment. In case you have missed any of my blog posts this month, I’ve listed the links below.

Death Deserved by Thomas Enger and Jorn Lier Horst

The Wreckage by Robin-Morgan Bentley

Beast by Matt Wesolowski

Watching from the Dark by Gytha Lodge

The Damage Done by James Oswald

Small Mercies by Alex Walters cover reveal

Liar Liar by Mel Sherratt

Written in Bones by James Oswald

The Gathering Dark by James Oswald

The Holdout by Graham Moore

Cold as the Grave by James Oswald

Blood Will Be Born by Gary Donnelly

Bury Them Deep by James Oswald