Apr 152015
 
Review: What You Left BehindWhat You Left Behind (DCI Lorraine Fisher #2) by Samantha Hayes
Published by Crown Publishing Group on Apr 14, 2015
Genres: Adult, Thriller
Format: eARC from Netgalley
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Rating: four-stars

Two years after a terrifying spate of teenage suicides, the remote village of Radcote has just begun to heal. Then a young man is killed in a freak motorcycle accident and a suicide note is found among his belongings. When a second boy is found dead shortly thereafter, the nightmare of repeat suicides once again threatens the community.

Desperate for a vacation, Detective Inspector Lorraine Fisher has just come to Radcote for a stay with her sister, Jo, but the atmosphere of the country house is unusually tense. Freddie, Jo's son, seems troubled and uncommunicative, and Jo is struggling to reach out to him. Meanwhile, Lorraine becomes determined to discover the truth behind these deaths. Are they suicides, or is there something more sinister at work? Finding answers might help Freddie, but they'll also lead to a shocking truth: whatever it is--or whoever it is--that's killing these young people is far more disturbing than she ever could have imagined, and unraveling the secret is just as dangerous as the secret itself.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

While I felt this story started off a bit rocky, it turned into a thrilling, and surprising read by the end.

I didn’t realize before reading that it was the second in a series, but it stood alone quite well. There are a few remarks that hinted at a prior story, but nothing that stood in the way of enjoying and understanding this story.

This book had several twists and turns, and in the first half, had several story lines that seemed very disconnected. I had a bit of trouble seeing the point to everything that was happening, but things did start to pull together in the end.

The main element I had an issue with was Freddie’s story. His mother indicated that he had recently become very withdrawn and antisocial, and she was worried, but she never made any effort to talk to him or find out what was going on his life. She took a very hands-off approach, which I felt clashed with the level of concern she was expressing to her sister. Why did she never try to talk to him? Or make him spend time with the family? Since Lorraine was showing herself to be a very detail-oriented detective, it felt like she would have noticed something to help him, if only she had been able to spend some time with him.

Overall, the story was quite exciting with lots of twists and turns. By the end of the book I was flying through the pages and found the ending to be very much a surprise.

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