On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the latest book by Lucie Whitehouse, Risk of Harm.
Robin Lyons is back in her hometown of Birmingham and now a DCI with Force Homicide, working directly under Samir, the man who broke her heart almost twenty years ago.
When a woman is found stabbed to death in a derelict factory and no one comes forward to identify the body, Robin and her team must not only hunt for the murderer, but also solve the mystery of who their victim might be.
As Robin and Samir come under pressure from their superiors, from the media and from far-right nationalists with a dangerous agenda, tensions in Robin’s own family threaten to reach breaking point. And when a cold case from decades ago begins to smoulder and another woman is found dead in similar circumstances, rumours of a serial killer begin to spread.
In order to get to the truth Robin will need to discover where loyalty ends and duty begins. But before she can trust, she is going to have to forgive – and that means grappling with some painful home truths.
Risk of Harm is a highly engaging crime thriller by Lucie Whitehouse. It’s the second book in her DCI Robin Lyons series although it can easily be read as a standalone. Robin has relocated to her hometown of Birmingham after spending some time at the Met in London and she is facing another complex investigation. The body of a young woman has been found but no one has come forward to confirm her identity or to report her missing. And on top of that Robin has to face a lot of personal issues with her family in this book. She certainly isn’t given an easy ride.
The investigation which Robin is leading is a really intriguing one. She can’t understand why no one has reported the woman who has been found dead missing. Why can’t they identify her? It makes for a really intriguing set up and I wanted to find out what had happened to the woman and why she had been killed.
Robin is also going through a lot of personal issues in this book as well with her family. I thought this was a really intriguing side to Robin’s character. I wanted to see how this would develop and I’m curious to know where Lucie Whitehouse will take this part of the story next. Robin’s feelings towards her family came through very strongly in this book. It made her character feel very real and it made her even more interesting.
Lucie Whitehouse does also tackle some sensitive topics in her latest book as she explores far right wing movements and issues that tackle racism. This part of the book hits very close to home for Robin; I thought Lucie Whitehouse explored this well.
The plot develops really well and I thought it was so cleverly put together. I thought the revelations that came were very satisfactory. I highly recommend Risk of Harm if you enjoy reading gripping police procedurals. I’m looking forward to reading the next chapter in Robin’s story.
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Publication date: 28th June 2021
Print length: 415 pages
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