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  • Great detective story

    Crikey, I wasn't expecting the bad guy to be HIM! I really enjoyed this intriguing examination of the criminal underbelly of a respectable coastal town in Western Ireland, where a lot of people are hiding their misdeeds, leading us on a twisty journey to find a killer. It all starts with the death of a teenager in the woods, then a whole stream of nastiness unravels during the investigation until we realise there's a serial killer on the loose. I enjoyed the two main cops - Beck and Claire and they contrasted very well. The glimpses of Beck's past that filter through during the story also add more interest and intrigue. It's a very intricate plot with lots of characters, which normally has me lost, but the author introduced the cast in such a way that you knew who everyone was and what part they played in the life of the little town. I was also pleased that the characters dominated the story, not police procedure, which so often stalls a good story for me. I was pulled into the story from the very beginning and every time I had to put the book down, I couldn't wait to pick it up again. What a great way to spend Christmas Day! All the stars from me and looking forward to the rest of the series.

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  • A Gripping Thriller

    A Gripping Thriller In a town full of liars, No one is safe. Where She Lies is the first book of the Detective Finnegan Beck series. Set in Ireland, this one is an exciting atmospheric thriller and an excellent debut for Detective Beck. Detective Finnegan Beck is demoted from his high-powered job in Dublin and relocated in disgrace to the small & forgotten town of Cross Beg. Treated with disdain by his new superiors and ridiculed by his new colleagues, things couldn’t get any worse for him. But when a teenage girl is found dead in the woods a mile from town, Beck has an instinct that someone with far darker motives is behind the crime. It seems that everyone in Cross Beg has something to hide though. Wading through layers and layers of lies, Beck believes he’s finally getting closer to the truth….. Until the killer strikes again. As a story, Where She Lies pulls you in, from the very beginning right till the end. This is the debut of Irish crime novelist Michael Scanlon. (it’s hard to believe that this is a debut novel) He's an employee of the An Garda Siochana (the Irish police force), so his documenting of police procedure and the depiction of internal politics in the force is top notch. Michael Scanlon’s writing style and the pace is perfect for this type of story. The action moves along a brisk pace and the story flows smoothly, which makes it immensely readable (I breezed through the novel in a couple of days). The setting of a small Irish town, the mystery that keeps you guessing till the end, the unrelenting pace of the story and the excellent writing are some the best things about the book. The needle of suspicion keeps moving from one suspect to another, till the reveal in the end. The characters, even the secondary ones are well written and have depth to them Apart from the mystery, Where She Lies is as much the story of Finnegan Beck. Finnegan Beck reminds me a lot of Harry Bosch. A brilliant detective who has ability to crack even the most impossible cases but also has a broken personal life. Finn Beck is a likeable character even though he may appear a bit cold at times. He has his own troubles & his own nightmares to fight but he is determined to solve the case, which makes you root for him. We learn a lot about Beck's past as the story moves along and we will hopefully learn a lot more in the future instalments. Having said that, at no point the main mystery is over shadowed by Beck’s story. Overall, Where She Lies is an impressive debut by Michael Scanlon, with lots of thrilling twists. If you loved the detective series of Harry Bosch or Cormoran Strike, you will enjoy this one. I hope to read a lot more of Finnegan Beck in the future. .

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  • Cracker!

    I loved this story. Can't believe anyone gave it a One Star - although I can't find these reviews when I look. Whoever you are Michael Scanlon, please ignore, your story is a very well written cracker! The setting is very atmospheric, and the slow build up is engrossing. Well done!

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  • Brilliant debut

    Your misfortune was our good fortune. I engaged quite easily with Finnegan Beck and I do look forward to to further encounters with him. Flawed, fallible and totally believable. He has demons and he has moxy. That's a terrible and wonderful combination. Excellently written. I could barely put it down. Well played sir.

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  • Where she Lies

    This is a captivaing story in the spirit of what evi can dwell in soul of mankind which can prove the existence of the devil that can spawn within us as a species. This writer has brought out the reality of the thought that evil has to manifest it self throgh throgh mans action. Whic also proves that mankind can when he puts his mind to it can be humble and rise above temptatin and be God like and show mercy compaion and love towards his fellow earthings This book will provide to everyone who reafs it the to search for the power to be better citizens

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