Forgotten Victim by Helen H. Durrant – Blog Tour

Thank you to Jill Burkinshaw from https://booksnall.blog/ for oganising this blog tour and to Helen H. Durrant and Joffe Books for an ARC copy to read in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Synopsis

MEET DETECTIVE RACHEL KING IN THIS BRILLIANT NEW CRIME SERIES.

A BRAND NEW MYSTERY FROM #1 BEST-SELLING AUTHOR HELEN H. DURRANT THAT WILL HAVE YOU GRIPPED FROM START TO PULSATING FINISH.

The decomposed remains of a body are found entombed in the depths of a disused Manchester cotton mill. Detective Rachel King is called in to investigate the grisly discovery.

IF NO ONE KNOWS THE VICTIM, HOW CAN YOU CATCH THE KILLER?

With gunshot wounds to the knees, this was no accident. This was murder. But the question is: was this a gangland killing or a murder motivated by a deadly secret closer to home?

With the help of DS Elwyn Price, Rachel must follow the evidence where it takes her. But who can she trust? And who in this notorious area knows more than they’re admitting to?

Meanwhile, Rachel has a huge secret of her own. How long can she keep her pregnancy from her colleagues before she has to face up to the reality of her relationship with the shadowy character Jed McAteer?

Can Rachel uncover the dark secrets of the past and catch the killer — before anyone else dies?

A MYSTERY FULL OF STUNNING TWISTS

Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Kimberley Chambers, Damien Boyd, Rachel Abbott, Patricia Gibney or Mark Billingham.

THE DETECTIVE
DCI Rachel King. Mother of two teenage daughters. Divorced from Alan. She lives in the Cheshire village of Poynton – about ten miles from central Manchester. She is good at her job, gets results but does make mistakes. One of them was getting involved with a budding villain in her teens. No one — family, friends or colleagues know the truth about this.

My Thoughts

What a fab novel to end the year with! (I finished NYE).

I adore the character of Rachel King.  I love strong but vulnerable female leads who are down to earth and lead fairly normal lives that us mere mortals can identify with.  Rachel is a working mother of two (soon to be three) and is juggling a demanding career with home life.  I love how she isn’t portrayed as superwoman.  She relies on help from her ex-husband with whom she co-parents civilly and often finds herself struggling to give the right amount of time to both roles.  She is neither a domestic goddess, super mum or the most perfect police officer and I think Durrant captured the reality of this struggle with subtle detail.

At work she has a tough case on her hands; a dead body that’s been there a while, limited clues to work with and a whole host of dodgy characters and goings on.  To top it off, her on/off lover is putting the pressure on and a new boss with different values arrives and who is the mysterious stranger who claims to have some answers to Rachel’s past?  Luckily, she has her devoted and sharp team to support her and pick apart the case until they get answers.

The main plot focuses on the discovery of a body in a concealed tunnel.  Initially there are limited clues but the more the team scratch the surface, the more they begin to uncover.  There are plenty of suspicious characters to chose from but the clues and motives are revealed in sprinkles throughout the novel making this a great ‘Who Dun It?’ kind of plot.  Just when you think you’ve sussed it, something comes to light that makes you change your mind.  Plenty of twists and turns to challenge thoughts.   

There was always something developing so the plot never stood still and the balance between the investigation and Rachel’s personal life was perfect.  It doesn’t detract from the police procedural trope but does add depth to the character’s and their lives.

A great crime read with twists and turns to keep your mind challenged.  

Author Bio – Helen H. Durrant

OVER 750,000 books sold of her Calladine & Bayliss and DI Greco Series

I’m one of the ‘baby boomer’ generation. I was born in Edinburgh to an English father and Scottish mother. My father was from the North West of England and this was where the family settled.

I know the area well, both the good and the bad, and so I set my books here. Sitting between two counties, Lancashire and Yorkshire, and between the city and the hills, it offers a rich mix of the industrial and the countryside and all the character therein. I always planned to write crime novels — to create the characters in my books. Since my retirement from a busy teaching job in FE, this is what I’ve done — almost to exclusion of anything else!

I have a grown-up family and five grandchildren. They see me as something of an eccentric — always on my laptop writing away. Writing is something of a second career and, despite having a bus pass, keeps me busy, young and tuned in the world as it currently is.

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Website  https://www.helenhdurrant.co.uk/


ALSO BY HELEN H. DURRANT
RACHEL KING
Book 1: Next Victim
Book 2: Two Victims
Book 3: Wrong Victim
Book 4: FORGOTTEN VICTIM

THE CALLADINE & BAYLISS MYSTERY SERIES
Book 1: DEAD WRONG
Book 2: DEAD SILENT
Book 3: DEAD LIST
Book 4: DEAD LOST
Book 5: DEAD & BURIED
Book 6: DEAD NASTY
Book 7: DEAD JEALOUS
Book 8: DEAD BAD
Book 9: DEAD GUILTY

THE DCI GRECO BOOKS
Book 1: DARK MURDER
Book 2: DARK HOUSES
Book 3: DARK TRADE
Book 4: DARK ANGEL

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