A romantic week away is the perfect solution for escaping the life of a Detective Sergeant, and the chance to whisk Kelly away is something Garda Mike West has wanted to do for a very long time. A stunning hotel in the lighthouse on Clare Island is the prefect spot, until someone dies. West is roped in to help as he struggles to catch the killer but keep the woman he loves.
It’s no secret that I’m an avid fan of Ms Keogh’s books, and I have to say she is an incredibly talented lady – not just for the speed in which she writes but the utter creativity.
I was desperate to pick up on Garda West’s adventures, Keogh had brought us so close to a tantalising conclusion last time between West and Kelly so this time round she wasn’t going to disappoint.
With a lot more sex, a lot more passion and another murder, West and Kelly’s romantic holiday soon becomes an investigation but despite that, there is plenty of room for character development. I was in love with it!
As you read Keogh’s books, they get better and better, and I really think as a writer she’s come a long way. Originally criticised for being too soft, the Garda West series has developed into an amazing gritty crime series with lust, love and enough twists and turns to keep you reading all the way through.
I think what I like most about this book – apart from the insane murder that kicks it all off – is the careful development of the characters. Where most authors will rush to a sex scene as soon as the plot allows, Keogh has drawn it out over not one, not two, but three books and it is such a great part of the overall story. The realism of the characters is incredible and I found myself completely sucked into the story. There were moments where I was actually laughing out loud because of the relationships between the characters and how well they interact with each other.
Her descriptive powers are pretty impressive too. You always have such a vivid sense of place. And here, on an isolated island, I think Keogh has been able to work her magic in the best way possible. I didn’t have a single issue with picturing what was happening.
One of Keogh’s abilities – one that I’ve always admired – is to jump effortlessly from point of view without losing the reader and here she really uses this skill to its full potential. With the tentative beginnings of a relationship[ between West and Kelly, we get to flit between their minds, their thoughts and their emotions to get an incredible picture of what is happening – maybe that’s the romantic in me coming out.
The plot and storyline were great. I was really kept on my toes and I loved how it all seemed to slowly mesh together, almost like I was working it out on my own. The isolated location could have proved a bit of a problem, but in fact Keogh pulled it off nicely.
Is my enthusiasm coming across on the page? I really hope so. I couldn’t put this one down and I can’t wait to see what she’ll throw at us next, eek!
There is so much happening in this book it really keeps you on your toes. So whilst Jane and Nicola are trying to find this missing boy, Tom is having to deal with his own murderer in Falmouth. The team seems to be stretched every which way at the moment but I really don’t want to give too much away.
Because Keogh is an Indie Author it would mean a great deal if you could buy her book here. It’s only £3.08, which is not only coffee money but an utter bargain!