In The Shadows is an excellent debut from the very talented Tara Lyons, I knew from the prologue where the killer describes the first killing this would be my kind of book. There is a brutal murderer stalking the streets of London, and whoever is committing the murders leaves no clues or DNA evidence, So it’s up to Detective Inspector Denis Hamilton and his team to unravel the clues and catch a killer. Grace is dealing with the loss of her beloved Grandfather, and when she realises the woman who are dead are linked to her, she falls deeper into despair. Fearing she may be the killer’s next target, she begins to question if her horrifying nightmares are the key to unravelling the murderer’s identity.
As the body count rises and it becomes apparent there is a serial killer on the loose the investigation intensifies, the police find themselves no nearer to finding the killer, and the tension is palatable as Hamilton and his team become increasingly frustrated with the case. Unusual in a crime read the investigation team’s characters aren’t fully developed so you don’t really get to know them, but I think this works in Tara Lyons favour as it left me wanting more. Grace the protagonist is a very complex character, and one who adds depth the plot.
In The Shadows is delivered in short snappy chapters, which makes for an easy read it’s cleverly plotted and highly original with plenty of twist and turns, and although I guessed the killer towards the end of the book, it didn’t distract from being a damn good read! In my opinion Tara has done her job well, she captured me from the epilogue and I nearly read the book in one sitting, as I found myself captivated by both the writing and the plot. I will certainly be adding Tara Lyons to my list of “to read” authors and I’m also going to pre-order her forthcoming collaboration with Mel Comley The Caller
My thanks to shell baker over at Crime Book Club and author Tara Lyons for my review copy in exchange for a honest review
Print Length: 207 pages
Publisher: Tara Lyons (17 Mar. 2016)