On my blog today I’m joining the blog tour for Silenced for Good by Alex Coombs. With thanks to Rachel Gilbey from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part.
Detective Hanlon is addicted to violence. She likes the rush, the danger, the losing control…
When Hanlon is suspended from the force for assaulting a suspect, she escapes to the remote Scottish island of Jura, home to the mysterious Corryvreckan whirlpool.
But wherever Hanlon goes, violence is sure to follow.
As soon as she checks into The Mackinnon Arms, Hanlon senses something isn’t quite right about the staff at her home for the week.
Sure enough, within days of arriving, the body of a member of staff is found floating in the sea. While police believe she was claimed by the local whirlpool, Hanlon isn’t so sure.
As she pieces together the evidence, dark secrets begin to unravel. Can Hanlon work out what is going on before another floating body is found…?
In Alex Coombs new novel, Silenced For Good, Hanlon is a detective with a difference. She has been suspended from serving in the police force after attacking a suspect. We understand from very early on that Hanlon has a very different relationship with violence. But this is what makes her character so unique and intriguing. I think some readers may not like her initially, but she is a character who grew on me, and you can see that she is still a good detective. Wherever she goes, violence seems to follow, and it isn’t long before she finds herself in the midst of a murder investigation when the body of a young woman is found.
What gives Hanlon an advantage is that she can work from the side-lines; she can use the skills that she picked up in the police force, but she can’t arrest people or force them to answer her questions. She still has friends in the police, however, and she can advise them on where they should be looking, and this is what she uses to her advantage here. I was really intrigued to see how this would work, and if some of the people she used to work with would trust her. This would then leave her on her own, which made me wonder if she would continue to investigate.
Alex Coombs builds an atmospheric setting. When Hanlon first steps inside the Mackinnon Arms, the place really gave me chills. I suspected that something was going on here, and I didn’t like the sound of the people who were running it. With the discovery of the girl, I kept thinking that it must be somehow linked to what was going on here, and this is what kept me turning the pages. It made me wonder just how close Hanlon was going to get to danger and how far she would go to find the answers for herself.
I think as the series progresses from here I would like to learn more about Hanlon’s past. It would be interesting to find out about the case that she worked on, which lead to her being suspended. I really like the angle that Alex Coombs has given this series, and it does make it feel very fresh in the crime fiction genre. I’m sure I’ll be hopping on board to find out what happens next.
This is a strong and a well plotted crime novel, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The writing keeps the pace flying forward. If you’re looking for a crime series with an original twist, I would definitely recommend it.
Publisher: Boldwood Books
Publication date: 14th April 2020
Print length: 286 pages
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