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  • A Stellar Read!

    Having read Dirty Little Secrets by Jo Spain last year, I was very keen to read her latest novel, Six Wicked Reasons, and there were certainly no disappointments! This stellar thriller focuses on the dysfunctional Lattimer family; mother, Kathleen, from a wealthy family; father, Frazer, a Scot and a bank clerk who settled in Ireland. After marrying Kathleen, he left his job to manage her portfolio of business investments. The couple have six children, James, Ellen, Kate, Adam, Ryan and Clio. In 2008, Adam vanished and was never found, presumed dead. Devastated Kathleen died, and the children scattered across the world, with only Ellen remaining at the family home in Spanish Cove, Wexford in Ireland. Ten years later, Adam unexpectedly reappears, claiming to have suffered a breakdown. Despite having some misgivings, the Lattimers reunite for a celebratory party on Frazer's lifelong friend's yacht... The story is narrated over different time periods and each of the six children has a voice, providing background and their response to the invitation to return home along with the conjecture of Detective Rob Downes as he poses his questions to determine what happened. There was no lack of suspects or motive in this fast-paced, well-written story with its intriguing characters. The blend of the mystery, the characters, the thoughts of DS Downes, and the shifting timelines, was seamless and extremely well-executed. Well-balanced to the very end, the outcome befitted the story with a fulfilling conclusion that I didn’t predict. A supreme novel in every respect, Six Wicked Reasons is simply unmissable. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Quercus Books via NetGalley at my request, and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • Thriller, that keeps you guessing

    This is one well plotted psychological thriller/mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed this read, starting it one afternoon and finishing it the next afternoon. So many characters, with different personalities, brilliantly written. The Lattimers seem to have it all, wealth, status, class and each other. But do they really? Frazier the father, Kathleen mother, and six children, James, Ryan, Kate, Adam, Ellen, Clio. All different and all dysfunctional in their own way. As the story begins Adam who disappeared 10 years earlier has returned home, his mother Kathleen had died years earlier after Adam had gone missing, believing him to be dead. The family had split. But when Adam turned up back home all of them were called back to the family home by Frazier, it wasn’t a request more a demand. Clio flew home from New York, where she had overstayed her stay, Ryan came back from Italy, James and Kate lived in Dublin so not too far to travel, Ellen still lived at home with her father. Tensions are high, all of them wanting to know where Adam had been for 10 years, why hadn’t they heard from him? Blaming him for the death of their mother. But Frazier told them all it was a time to celebrate, his homecoming and that Adam would explain to all of them at the same time. Frazier plans a party on a boat, but 9 of them go out on that boat and only 8 come back alive. The story is told from the points of view of all the brothers and sisters, and in between chapters as each person is questioned by Detective Rob Downes. Part two of the book is told from a few years back and the present, bringing in some more plot twists, but still with the brothers and sisters. You really felt for some of these characters, what they had been through, misunderstandings, deception. The father was a very strict man, the mother was the loving one, but they had all struggled after her death, she had seemed to be more of the glue that kept the family together as much as she could. The father not so. The story keeps the reader guessing all the way through to the end, giving a couple of clues in the last few chapters, but you don’t know for certain what happened until the end. A great read. I would like to than #netgalley and #Quercus for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.

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  • Excellent

    Excellent psychological thriller with a twisted plot and appealing characters. Quite difficult to put it down...

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