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  • Fantastic!

    Having throughly enjoyed the first book in this series, I Could Be You, I was really looking forward to the next instalment. Not having to wait long, I jumped at the chance to read an advanced copy of When the Dead Speak when it was made available from the publisher and I was not disappointed. For this second instalment which can be read as a stand-alone, we are reacquainted with journalist Dee Doran as she becomes entangled in two investigations. One that mirrors a murder that took place 60 years prior and the other where a local polish girl has gone missing. Throughout the story, it is always in the back of your mind how the two are going to be connected and Shelia does a great job in how she brings it all together. There are a few characters in the story to keep track of, but Shelia is very clear on who each is and where they fit in, without it becoming too overwhelming. In regards to Dee, I just love her character and I really resonate with her. We are shown more of a vulnerable side to her, but her feistiness still shines through which is enjoyable. Her new relationship with Ed hits a rocky patch when she discovers he has been lying to her over his connection with both murder victims, present and past and we also get a good insight into his character. I loved how the book is structured, starting at the present day which then morphs back to the past with dedicated chapters in the form of diaries entries dating back to the 1960’s. This is where the reader is made privy to the events of when and how the first murder took place and its connection to the present day murder. It is very cleverly done and is beautifully executed. I also have to say that although it is not related to me in anyway, I did get a kick out of one of the minor characters being named Marnie, which is also my name and not one that you see used in books all that often. The icing on the cake was that this Marnie was from Australia too just like myself! Everything about this book is on point. With it’s striking cover, an intriguing plot, a cast of characters that are real and come to life so vividly, the perfect setting in a picturesque seaside town, twists and turns aplenty, with just the right amount of tension and suspense to keep you engaged, makes this book such an enjoyable read. It was my absolute pleasure to read and review When the Dead Speak and I will be eagerly awaiting the next instalment. Thank you to NetGalley, Canelo and Sheila Buglar for allowing me to read an advanced copy of When the Dead Speak which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

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  • Sheila Bugler is a terrific writer

    Excellent book. Love the characters. A book you can't put down, with a very surprising end.

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  • When the Dead Speak

    It’s a very gripping story all the way through, but the ending leaves you feeling dissatisfied. The multiple murders take place over many generations. The first one, Mary, takes place in the 1960’s; her body found on an altar in a church, her hands crossed on her chest and her throat slit and all her hair chopped off. The details of this murder are presented very early in the book. A young man—slow witted and/or mentally challenged—is accused of the murder and local bullies track him down and beat him to death. His mother, Emma, makes it her life’s goal to clear his name and various chapters detail her efforts in many diaries kept over the years. Dee is asked to use her investigative skills to find what happened to a young Polish woman who disappeared without a trace; and, at the same time, Dee is romantically involved with police inspector Ed, who is called to a church where he discovers the body of a young woman, Lauren, who has been murdered in the exact same manner and laid out in the same way as Mary, hair chopped off and hands folded too. The story takes the entire book and involves Dee, her cousin, Her cousin’s husband, and people descended from the early victim, Mary—sometimes too complicated to try to figure out and keep track of the multiple characters and remember who knows what. Not nearly as good as the first book in this series because too many subplots and too many characters. There is one twist but not a very good one.

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  • Brilliant!

    I read the first book and couldn’t wait to read the second one, I was not disappointed. Could not put this down, full of suspense for me. You can read this as a stand-alone without having to read book one.

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  • Character flaws

    I was really disapinted in the female ead. What a hypocrite. Paint

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