It gives me enormous pleasure to be a part of the blog tour for the brilliant Graham Smith’s “Fear in the Lakes”, the third in the Beth Young series published by Bookouture. Thanks to the author and the publisher for the ARC for review.
It’s also a pleasure and an honour to be one of the bloggers closing down the tour!
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
Detective Beth Young traced the body in her mind… His skull wasn’t harmed and neither was his spine… as if someone wanted him to survive only to experience the utmost suffering.
When Laura Sinclair arrives home, she is horrified to discover her sweet, kind, husband Jamesclose to death. But this is no robbery gone wrong. There are over 200 breaks to his bones, each apparently applied carefully, symmetrically, methodically…
Laura insists that James is a man with no enemies. But how much does she know about her husband? And what secrets are hidden in the email account she discovers, filled with cryptic messages?
When two bodies are then pulled from Lake Windermere exhibiting similar injuries – it becomes clear that the killer they are calling the Sculptor is on a mission.
But Detective Beth Young is too. She knows that if she can work out the secrets of James’s past, she has a chance of locating The Sculptor’s next victim… and maybe the killer too.
The opening chapter of Fear in the Lakes leaves you in no doubt that this is going to be twisted, that it’s going to be gruesome and it’s going to be sick! Graham Smith has entered the building folks and he’s giving Detective Beth Young an experience that she is not going to forget!
Laura Sinclair comes home to find her husband James, beaten to a pulp and Beth’s love of puzzles and riddles will serve her well in this investigation. I love her quirky mind and the approach she takes to solving cases! We are definitely getting to know her a little better as the series goes on as her private life is slowly unwrapped.
Lots of little seeds of doubt were planted in my mind about Laura and James, just who were this couple and was everything as perfect in their lives as the picture painted for public show? Graham Smith has a canny knack for planting all these questions inside the reader’s head as he makes the reader question every character who crosses the page!
Beth is soon caught up in the ensuing investigation and without giving away any spoilers, this one is fast paced, it’s brutal and it’s brilliant! This time round Beth also meets up with someone from her past, is she going to be able to lay some ghosts to rest or is she stirring up a whole hornets nest for herself.
It twists and it turns as it explores small town communities, the close knit relationships that can fester into something much more sinister. Lies and secret messages all combine into a fast paced, roller coaster ride of a read!
I am really enjoying Beth’s working relationship with her boss, Zoe O’Dowd. It is always a bonus to see two women working together in a supportive way as opposed to the common theme of a jealousy causing them to compete with one another. O’Dowd is probably my favourite character, there is something endearing about her grumpiness! Perhaps she reminds me of me! I’ve got such a clear picture of her in my head and I love how she looks out for Beth.
Fear in the Lakes provides a perfect sense of place, the reader is taken on a journey through the small villages of Cumbria and into Carlisle and it is easy to find yourself completely immersed in the locations.
Deliciously dark and gruesome, Fear in the Lakes is a nail-biting read which will leave you crying out for more!
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About the author:
Graham Smith is the bestselling author of four explosive crime thrillers in the Jake Boulder series, Watching the Bodies, The Kindred Killers, Past Echoes and Die Cold. Watching the Bodies spent over two weeks at number one in the Amazon UK chart and Amazon CA charts. Graham is also the author of the popular DI Harry Evans series and has collections of short stories and novellas. His latest novels with Bookouture are set in Cumbria and the Lake District, featuring DC Beth Young.
He is the proud father of a young son. As a time served joiner he has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.
An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer for the well-respected review site Crimesquad.com since 2010.
When not working, his time is spent reading, writing and playing games with his son. He enjoys socialising and spending time with friends and family.
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