#BookReview #DancersInTheWind Anne Coates @Anne_Coates1 @RedDogTweets

Dancers in the Wind (Hannah Weybridge Series Book 1) by [Anne Coates]
Source: Purchased direct from Publisher

Dancers in the Wind is the first in the Hannah Weybridge series, published by Red Dog Press.

Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:


Freelance journalist and single mother Hannah Weybridge is commissioned by a national newspaper to write an investigative article on the notorious red light district in Kings Cross. There she meets prostitute Princess, and police inspector in the vice squad, Tom Jordan.
When Princess later arrives on her doorstep beaten up so badly she is barely recognisable, Hannah has to make some tough decisions and is drawn ever deeper into the world of deceit and violence. Three sex workers are murdered, their deaths covered up in a media blackout, and Hannah herself is under threat.
As she comes to realise that the taste for vice reaches into the higher echelons of the great and the good, Hannah realises she must do everything in her power to expose the truth…and stay alive.

My Thoughts

Hannah Weybridge, freelance journalist and single mum finds herself caught up in a web of deceit and corruption when she unwittingly becomes entangled in the deaths of sex workers in the Kings Cross area.

Set in the early 1990s it is a stark reminder of how different life has become and how advances in technology have impacted on police work. It is also a reminder of how attitudes towards women in the industry were, how they were viewed and discarded as worthless,

30 years ago seems like a lifetime away and it gave this story a mix of a cosy crime laced with suspenseful thriller peppered with some very dark material .

Hannah herself seemed quite naive at times and finding herself caught up in a world she knows nothing about was an eye opener for her. there was also something about her that was quite endearing, she’s a real mixed bag I’m keen to see how she develops across the series.

For me it was Caroline/Princess who stole the show, my heart warmed to her immediately. The relationship between her and Hannah was one that was full of conflicting emotions, Caroline trusts nobody yet she has a need to be accepted: Hannah veered from compassion to irritation and tolerance of the young woman who ended up in her home and we watch as both women dance around each other.

There are a whole host of characters whom you are not sure whether to trust or not and there are a few who get their comeuppance along the way.

An shrewd observation of two lives colliding from Anne Coates and a series I will be looking out to follow.

You can purchase Dancers in the Wind via

Red Dog Press

Amazon UK

Amazon US

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