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  • Easy reading

    This is one of those books that I find difficult to rate. It is the second book in the series and I think that is one of the problems I have. This is the type of series that you have to read in order because there are references that I don't understand. I liked the writing and found it an easy read although some parts felt unnecessary. Some scenes could also have been more rounded off. The series is set in Limerick in Ireland. A young woman is found murdered at the rehabilitation centre where she worked and a 15 year old troubled girl is missing. Everyone is wondering if she was involved in the murder but to the reader it is obvious that she found the body and decided to run. Detective Iris Locke has to figure out what happened and more importantly find the missing girl who has epilepsy. It felt a bit unrealistic that a 15 year old can avoid a whole police force who is out searching for her. There is also a reference to a special place that her sister knew of but it is not explained. Maybe the book would have had more of an impact if I have read the 1st one.

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  • Recommended

    A fast paced, action packed and well written mystery that kept me on the edge till the end. I liked the well thought cast of characters and the solid mystery. Even if I didn't have any big issues with the characters or the plot I think it's better to read the previous instalment and there's quite a lot of backstory. Recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.

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  • Engaging and quick-paced thriller!

    This was my first read by Hogan and it won't be my last. I found the writing engaging, the plot moved quickly and there were lots of substance to keep the reader guessing. There was a good balance between the central mystery (who killed Rachel and where is Eleanor) and the personal lives of the detectives solving the case. I would definitely recommend reading the books in order. Having not read the previous book, I do feel like I was a at bit of a loss about Iris' backstory, as not a lot of detail is given in this book and I wanted to know more about what happened in her past. Recommend this readers who like a fast-paced thrillers that combine a case with detectives and the world they live in. Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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  • A very well-written book.

    Rachel McDermott seemed like a happy young woman. She had a great job as a nurse and a wonderful family. Then why is it that she was brutally murdered? Detective Iris Locke is on the case and will do whatever she can to find Rachel's murderer. Iris considers Eleanor Marshall to be the most likely suspect, because although she was Rachel's friend, she is someone dealing with addiction. Eleanor was seen running from the area where Rachel was killed. Even though her sister Karena says that Eleanor would never have harmed Rachel, then Karena is found dead. While Iris pulls clues together, and searches for Eleanor as she has now gone missing, she has other concerns. For one thing, her coworker DS Slattery has his hands full dealing with his wife's dementia. That situation is dire and takes a fair part of this story. It was interesting to see how this affected Iris and her working relationship with Slattery. In this case, there is a past that is now being reflected by what is happening now. It soon becomes evident that there are other suspects, and Iris must sort it all out. This well-written story by Geraldine Hogan was a terrific read and a nice addition to the Detective Iris Locke series. I read the first book, Silent Night, and I enjoyed that one as well. Although Why She Ran would do well as a standalone, it is always great to find a new series that has just started. I do look forward to seeing what else is in store for Iris. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review. This is my honest opinion.

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  • A solid read

    Why She Ran is the second instalment in the Detective Iris Locke series and is a great addition and perfect followup to Her Sister’s Bones, which I would recommend readIng before this latest instalment. It is a tense read that is full of action and suspense that keeps you on your toes till the end. In this latest instalment, we see Iris still reeling from the events that occurred in book one, when she is called to investigate the death of nurse Rachel McDermott, when she is found in the hospitals kitchen brutally murdered. When Rachel’s friend Eleanor is seen fleeing from the scene she becomes the prime suspect, although Iris can’t shake the feeling that Eleanor is innocent. But when Eleanor’s sister the next person to turn up dead things don’t look great for Eleanor. Still convinced that she has nothing to do with these murders, Iris digs into Rachel’s past and discovers that the company she kept may have something to do with these murders and Iris and her team have their work cut out for them in solving the case quIckly before the killer strikes again. I really like Iris who has been expertly written as a strong female. I also really enjoy the relationship between herself and Ben. They work really well together and I look forward to seeing how this working partnership evolves even more in future books. The other characters in this story have all been well developed and play out their roles extremely well. Geraldine has a great style and she does a good job in engaging the reader through fluid writing, developed characters and a well researched story line. While it is a slow burn, this just adds to the tension and suspense in the build up to the conclusion, which I enjoyed. Why She Ran is a great crime thriller that ticks all the boxes in what I love in this genre and I look forward to the next instalment. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review Why She Ran which I recommend. Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Geraldine Hogan for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Why She Ran which have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

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