I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on the first psychological thriller from Tara Lyons. Thank you to Tara and Bloodhound Books for the ARC and the invite to take part.
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
Paramedic Abi Quinn is hailed as a hero by the patients she saves with the London Ambulance Service; but a secret she’s kept since she was a teenager now threatens to shatter that perfect illusion.
When her daughter Rose goes missing while studying at Brighton university, and ghosts from her past return to haunt her, Abi’s caught in a race against time to untangle the web of lies she set in motion over twenty years ago.
Everyone has something to lose.
Everyone is trying to protect themselves.
Everyone is broken.
But what lengths will they go to in order to stop the truth from being exposed?
Oh my, Tara Lyons, what a dark horse you are lady! The Paramedic’s daughter is a deliciously dark tale of secrets and lies! When Abi Quinn’s daughter, Rose, goes off the radar, she is plagued by worry. Unable to brush off well meaning suggestions that she is over protective, she makes her way to Brighton, to find out what Rosie is up to. It soon becomes clear that Abi has a huge secret and when a face from the past turns up she knows that she cannot keep it forever!
Although Abi’s daughter is a grown woman and a student living away from home, I could absolutely relate to Abi’s fears. My mother’s spidey senses were on high alert along with Abi and I was totally behind her decision to go and look for her daughter. As I watched her secrets unfold, I started to feel sick to the pit of my stomach. I was glued to the book as I joined Abi in her investigations.
I loved Abi’s visits to her mother in the care home; the way Tara Lyons explored the mother/daughter relationship between the women was sensitively and very cleverly written. We see Abi change from a strong and confident paramedic, used to taking control of a situation to a woman who is crumbling as she is forced to reflect on the choices she made and the impact that those choices have had on others.
Abi’s moments of self reflection were completely relatable, as a mother she done what she thought she had to do to protect others but she is left questioning who she was really protecting.
the tension builds slowly as lies and secrets are uncovered with disastrous consequences for some and I have to say my jaw is still smarting from hitting the floor!
Throughout the book there is a sinister tone weaving throughout the narrative and it left me feeling ever so uneasy as I just knew that things were not going to end well for everyone. Without giving away any spoilers, we also meet a few characters who will either engage or enrage you! Let’s just say by the end my heart was going out to some and my murderous thoughts were firmly directed at others!
A bloody great jaw dropping read from the multi-talented Tara Lyons.
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About the author:
Tara is a crime/psychological thriller author from London, UK. Turning 30 in 2015 propelled her to fulfil her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. In the Shadows is Tara’s debut solo novel published in March 2016. She co-wrote The Caller and Web of Deceit: A DI Sally Parker novella with New York Times bestselling author, M.A Comley.
In August 2016 Tara signed a book contract with Bloodhound Books, who have now published all four books in the DI Hamilton series. Tara is currently working on a standalone suspense novel due for publication in 2019.
When she’s not writing, Tara can be found at a local Wacky Warehouse stuck in the ball-pit with her young, energetic son.
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