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  • A great addition to this fantastic series

    For Better, For Worse, is the second instalment and a fantastic addition to the DC Beth Chamberlain series. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and everything that Jane brought to it. With a prologue that sets the tone of the story up really well, Jane wastes no time in getting things going, which she does so in spectacular fashion. It is a fast-paced read, that you will have trouble tearing yourself away from. Disgraced ex-local councillor Stuart Ingram, is run down and killed just two weeks out from his trial to clear name in child abuse allegations. The main suspect is his wife Gina, but when a second man turns up dead it becomes clear that something more sinister is at work and Beth and the team have their work cut out for them in finding out what connects these men and catch the killer before they strike again, It was really great to catch up with Beth again. Right at the forefront of this investigation, she once again shows her strong work ethic and how she will not rest until the killer is brought to justice. Jane has really brought her to life so beautifully and she really is a character that you can relate to. She is imperfectly perfect and she is a real joy to read. She definitely steals the show in this series. Through writing that is both engaging and fluid, Jane captures the reader’s attention right from the beginning. Her ability to build the tension throughout is second to none and on multiple occasions, I was holding my breath racing through the pages to see how it was all going to unfold. For Better For Worse is a dark tale that deals with tough issues but is very well handled in Janes’s hands. For Better For Worse ticks all the boxes in what makes a great crime thriller. Jane really is an asset to this genre and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for Beth next. Going by the ending for this book it is going to be a wild ride! It was an absolute pleasure to read and review For Better For Worse which I highly recommend. Thank you to NetGalley, Aria Fiction and Jane Isaac for allowing me to read an advanced copy of For Better For Worse which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

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  • Excellently Plotted & Completely Absorbing!

    I'm really surprised that this is only the second outing for Beth Chamberlain - I feel I've known her for much longer than that! Gina Ingram has had an awful time of it lately; with her husband accused of keeping child abuse images on his laptop they have been waiting impatiently for the forthcoming trial to clear his name. When Stuart Ingram is murdered, all hopes of her life returning to normal are lost, and Gina struggles to cope. Whilst DC Beth Chamberlain empathises with Gina, she is definitely a suspect in her husband's murder. Then a second body is found . . . This is another excellently plotted crime thriller; whilst the crimes are new and stand-alone, Beth's story continues on from the first book in series and I look forward to the next one. Full of fabulously created characters, each with their own personalities and traits, everything melds together beautifully to draw the reader in and puzzle over what is happening and why. An intricate story, perfectly plausible, and one which I have found engrossing and very enjoyable. Jane Isaac has the knack of writing realistic and absorbing stories - the type I most definitely want to read, and I'm very happy to give this one 4.5*.

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  • ok read

    Slow to start. Unnecessary details which did not enhance the story. Good story.

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  • Riveting!

    *This novel was previously published as 'Presumed Guilty'* For Better, For Worse is book two in the DC Beth Chamberlain series though it actually makes a great individual read. I was given a taster of what has gone before that tempted me to read the first book, After He's Gone, but not having done so did not hinder this story, for me anyhow. In this instalment, Beth, who has received Family Liaison training, is assigned to a recently widowed woman whose husband has been killed in what appears to be a random hit and run. However, with the victim himself being the accused in another crime, Beth finds that she has a more of an investigative role than the usual support she generally delivers. There is plenty of drama and I really enjoyed the well devised plot, with the concise chapters helping to keep up the pace and momentum. Beth herself is an easy person to relate to and I liked her caring, sympathetic nature. There is no obvious suspect though there are plenty of false leads, so I was kept guessing as to the identity of the perpetrator. As well as her Family Liaison Officer role, Beth is active in the investigation itself and as the body count rises, it’s obvious the team are dealing with more than a hit and run incident. Being party to the consequences on the victims’ families and the work of a FLO adds extra dimension to the story, as motives and grievances surface. With a stunning ending as the icing on the cake, I recommend For Better, For Worse with confidence. Jane Isaac is a new author to me, but it will not be the last time I pick up one of her books. I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my own request, from Aria via NetGalley and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • Good title

    Good story engaging and well written with well developed characters and a tidy ending. Look forward to next one in the series. Recommended.

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