Never Came Home by Gretta Mulrooney – Blog Tour

Thank you to Jill Burkinshaw from https://booksnall.blog/ for oganising this blog tour and to Gretta Mulrooney and Joffe Publishing for an ARC copy to read in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Synopsis

A MOTHER NEVER CAME HOME AND NOW THEY’VE FOUND THE BODY

Six years ago, Lyn Dimas went missing. She had left her nine-year-old son home alone and her daughter was at a school prom.

Now, builders find a mummified corpse tied to the back of a fridge in a derelict building. An old mattress completes the sad scene.

Detective Siv Drummond is called in to solve this baffling case.

Siv discovers the victim had a complicated home life. But why did Lyn disappear on a quick trip to the shop and can Siv unearth the truth of family secrets and lies, before anyone else pays the ultimate price?

A cold case bursts into life to tear apart a family again.

WHO WANTED HER DEAD?

Perfect for fans of Robert Galbraith, Tana French, Liane Moriarty, Rachel Cain or Ruth Rendell.

MEET THE DETECTIVE

Detective Inspector Siv Drummond is widowed following a tragic accident involving her husband. With everything in London reminding her of the past, she moves from a high-profile squad with the Met to a new job as DI in her old home town — sleepy, seaside Berminster. She’s still grieving and lonely, but she’s a fighter and she’s smart, which earns her the respect of her colleagues DS Ali Carlin and DC Patrick Hill, and the grudging approval of her DCI, who wants his protégé to get her job.

My Thoughts

Check out my review of Siv Drummond Book 1 – These Little Lies https://likeherdingcatsblog.wordpress.com/2019/11/15/these-little-lies-by-gretta-mulrooney-blog-tour/

This novel does work as a stand alone but I recommend beginning with the first book in the series as it really gives a good overview of Siv’s character and how her relationships within her team are developed.

When the body of a mother who has been missing for six years is found, Detective Siv Drummond and her team have a huge task ahead of them. Starting with the victim’s family everyone is a suspect. I really enjoy crime novels where I become completely suspicious of everyone and Gretta certainly grants this wish for me. Snippets of information were revealed at crucial points and my mind was constantly changing about who could have done it and why. Mulrooney’s plots are never simple or straight forward and this one certainly kept me guessing form beggining to end.

The character of Siv continues to evolve and I love how her personal and professional life develops throughout the book. The balance is well written and the two entwine so the plot continuously moves forward. Siv’s professional life is a great representation of how women often have to work twice as hard to earn recognition and respect in some workplaces.

The first part of the novel sets the scene and then in the second part, the investigation really picks up pace.

A fabulous crime novel with suspects everywhere.

Author Bio – Gretta Mulrooney

I was born and educated in London, of Irish parents. I studied for a degree in English Literature at the University of Ulster, Magee college in Derry. I have worked in education and social care.

I started writing in my thirties and I published four books for children and teenagers with Poolbeg Press, Dublin; A Can of WormsA Nest of VipersA Den of Thieves and I Love You-Te Quiero. These books are available on Amazon.

I have published five literary fiction novels.

Araby and Marble Heart were published by Harper Collins to critical acclaim. They have been translated into Dutch and Spanish.  These books are available on Amazon. They are being reissued in May 2016 by Fourth Estate as Kindle and paperbacks.

Fire and IceOut of The Blue and The Apple of Her Eye were published by Robert Hale. These books are available on Amazon.

Out of The Blue was published by Joffe Books as an e book and paperback in February 2016 and is available on Amazon.

Lost Child was published by Joffe Books as an e book and paperback in March 2016 and is available on Amazon. (This was previously published as Fire and Ice by Robert Hale.)

Coming of Age was published by Joffe Books as a e book and paperback in April 2016 and is available on Amazon. (This was previously published as The Apple of Her Eye by Robert Hale.)

I have always been an avid reader of crime fiction and psychological thrillers. I have started a series of crime novels featuring charismatic private detective Tyrone Swift.

The Lady Vanished was published as an e book and paperback by Joffe Books in December 2015 and is available on Amazon.

Blood Secrets, the second novel featuring private detective Tyrone Swift, was published as e book and paperback in spring 2016 and is available on Amazon.

Two Lovers, Six Deaths, the third Tyrone Swift novel, was published as an e book and paperback in December 2016 by Joffe Books and is available on Amazon.

Watching You, the fourth Tyrone Swift novel, was published as an e book and paperback in June 2017 by Joffe Books and is available on Amazon.

Low Lake, the fifth Tyrone Swift novel, was published as an e book and paperback in March 2018 by Joffe Books and is available on Amazon.

Bound By Lies is a boxset trilogy of the first three  novels in the Tyrone Swift series. It was published as an e book and paperback in June 2017 by Joffe Books and is available on Amazon.

LINKS

Website:  http://www.grettamulrooney.com

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/gmulrooneyauthor

Amazon Author page:   http://www.amazon.co.uk

Goodreads:   http://www.goodreads.com

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