A Promise to the Dead by Victoria Jenkins blog tour #bookreview @vicwritescrime @bookouture

I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for the fourth book in the Detectives King and Lane series by Victoria Jenkins on my blog today. I’ve found each of Victoria’s books completely unputdownable, and I couldn’t wait to get round to reading this one, and it didn’t disappoint.

A Promise to the Dead: A gripping crime thriller with a brilliant twist (Detectives King and Lane Book 4) by [Jenkins, Victoria]

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The blur of shapes began to sharpen, forming a clear picture that stood out against the darkened background. For a moment he couldn’t move, his fear rendering him immobile. He needed help. He turned to run.

On a dark night, on a mountain road, a young couple, Matthew and Stacey, are on their way home from a night out. Their car breaks down and Matthew leaves to look for help. By the next morning, Stacey is found murdered in the car and Matthew is missing, presumed guilty of her murder.

Called to the scene, Detective Alex King and her team soon see some terrifying links – to another local young man who is missing, and to the discovery of a body from 30 years ago.

Alex knows that the missing and the dead have a story to tell her. But will she hear it in time to uncover the killer before they strike again?

MY THOUGHTS

I’ve become a huge fan of Victoria Jenkins books over the last couple of years and the latest novel in the King and Lane series, A Promise to the Dead, is another fantastic addition that once again had me hooked from the first page. This is a series that just keeps getting better and better.

The latest case that Chloe and Alex are investigating begins to make Alex think what she really wants, and she begins to start thinking about some important decisions which will have a huge impact on her life and her career. The case is another perplexing mystery for them to solve and it takes them back many years as they try to uncover the truth.

This was a book that I could not put down. Victoria’s writing has that utterly addictive quality to it that you could very happily lose a few hours too. She opens the book with a very intriguing opening. The scene we are faced with is when a young man, Matthew, appears to have stumbled across something he shouldn’t have, and it seems that someone else is determined to silence him. The next day, his girlfriend’s body is found in their car, still in the same location where he left her, which is when Alex and Chloe arrive on the scene.

As the investigation gets underway, I really wanted to find out what happened on the night which the first chapter so brilliantly opens up with. It definitely lets you know that you are in for a treat. Victoria keeps the details hazy, so you are never quite sure how the rest of the book is going to pan out and what has really happened to Matthew.

The ending of this book has left me wondering how the series is going to progress from here. There was one scene in particular that left me shell-shocked, and there are some revelations that do make for a harrowing read, but I’m not going to go into any detail as to what happened here. You’ll need to read the book to find out.

A Promise to the Dead is another stonking read from Victoria Jenkins if you haven’t yet read her books, and if you’re a fan of police procedurals, then you really should be reading them.

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 21st January 2019

Print length: 278 pages

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On a damp October day, a body is found in an abandoned hospital, too burnt to be identified, but Detective Alex King knows that every victim is someone’s daughter or son.

Pushing aside her own troubles, Alex puts everything into finding the killer, but when someone else is found dead, she begins to suspect that the body in the hospital was just the first of many.

Just as Alex uncovers a heartbreaking link between the victims, she finds her own safety under threat. Is this a figure from her past hell-bent on revenge, or could the murderer be even nearer than she thinks?

Alex is running out of time. Can she catch the killer before they take another life, or will they get to her first?

MY THOUGHTS

I’ve read and enjoyed both of Victoria Jenkins previous books in this series, but her third novel, Nobody’s Child takes her writing up another level. This is the best book yet in this series and I enjoyed catching up with Alex King and Chloe Lane again. All three books can be read as standalones, but I would highly recommend picking up the first two as well.

Victoria had me gripped from the opening pages of this book. This time Alex and Chloe are investigating a suspicious death after a body has been found in an old hospital after being torched. What isn’t clear at the beginning, is if the victim was deliberately targeted, or if his death was an unfortunate accident. But as the police begin to investigate, more crimes of a similar nature begin to take place. The police soon realise they are facing a callous killer who they are certain will kill again.

There was a lot of suspense in this book. The story is told from different points of view, primarily from the detectives working on the case, but also from the families at the centre of the investigation. One family in particular really had me wondering if they were going to be connected to the crimes and Victoria injected a real sense of danger into her writing, in the scenes they were featured in. There were some clever reveals, which I wasn’t expecting, and Victoria delivered a chilling ending. Towards the end she kept me on tenterhooks as I waited to find out what was going to happen to one of her characters. I’m not going to say any more here as I don’t want to spoil it.

This is shaping up to be an excellent crime series that I am certainly keen to follow. Victoria always delivers a fast paced novel and each one has kept me gripped. If you’re looking for a fast paced crime series, you need look no further. Thank you to Bookouture and Netgalley for the advance reading copy and to Noelle Holton for inviting me to take part in the blog tour.

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 19th June 2018

Print length: 277 pages

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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

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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.

MY THOUGHTS

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.

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 15th November 2017

Print length: 328 pages

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