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    A good crime thriller that keeps you guessing

    To stop the killer, you need to know…why she died. This crime thriller gets right into it right from the start and the amount of plot twists and turns will guarantee give you whiplash (but in a good way!) The story didn’t lag but if there was anything that I felt lost some of it’s appeal was that there was a lot of back and forth dialogue among the detectives when they would ask each other if they did this or that. On another note, the characters were down-to-earth, which I enjoyed as the author had some of the characters doing normal things. Roberts successfully penned the pressures of life outside of detective work and the sacrifices the police force must make if an urgent issue is at hand that cuts into their personal lives. Overall, Why She Died was a great crime thriller novel that will keep you guessing up who did it up until the very end.
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    Another thrilling book in an excellent series.

    Hannah wakes up late for her morning run with her best friend Abi. As she starts to get ready, she asks herself why she even bothers. But, friends are friends, and Abi is training for a mountain climb, and Hannah as agreed to help her. When Abi doesn't answer Hannah's knock on her door, Hannah decides to head out anyway, figuring she'd run into Abi somewhere along their regular path in the woods. What Hannah finds is the most shocking, the most devastating thing she can imagine - Abi hanging from a tree. Detective Rachel Hart is assigned the case and it takes her very little time to realize that the crime scene is more than a bit off. As Rachel begins her investigation, she interviews all of the students that are sharing the same house while at university. Once the cause of death is officially ruled a murder, Rachel really hones in on her investigation, and soon realizes that she has the scope of her investigate. Meanwhile, Rachel is finally happy in her relationship with lawyer Tim. She had a tragic past and lost her twin sister when they were very young, so it took her quite some time to come close to trusting and opening her heart. The story shifts from time to time to Tim, especially when he visits someone at a prison. Her relationship with Tim and his actions make me appreciate having read the first two books in this series, Little Girl Missing and What He Did, as I was able to feel a connection to Rachel as a person, as well as a cop. Why She Died is a gripping story that weaves tension and drama in at breaknet speed that garnered my attention from beginning to end. I love that the book left readers wondering what is next for Rachel. Kudos to J. G. Roberts for writing another thrilling book. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review. This is my honest opinion.
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    Police Procedural

    Why She Died by J.G. Roberts Detective Rachel Hart #3 Murders happen Killers kill Why do they kill And How do they choose their prey? Policemen follow clues Look for reasons Killers kill Hoping to stop Another murder Coming into a series after t he main character and her team have had two books to settle into their roles is not always easy. I did have enough tidbits of information to realize that Rachel was in charge, had been off duty a bit due to a family situation, had suffered a bad situation with her twin during childhood and that her twin was missing. Rachel seemed a bit fragile but willing to do her job. Her team were there to follow the clues and determine who the murderer was from a whole lot of contenders. Most of the characters in this book are friends from college, the people they are dating or work with and a few are family. There are also policemen and women and the people they encounter and live with or date. There are some twists, turns and surprises before the book is wrapped up at the end. The police procedural aspects flowed, and it was easy to follow the reasoning of those working the case. I felt there were many threads to the story as it was not just limited to the murder case but also a couple of side stories that eventually tied into the overall story. I am wondering if I had read the first two books I would feel I knew Rachel and understand her reasoning and actions better in this book. That said, it was able to be read as a standalone and will appeal to those that like British police procedurals. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC – This is my honest review. 3-4 Stars
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    A fun read

    Detective Rachel Hart was back with a twisty delectable murder where red herrings and suspects kept her in the fog of mystery. My third book by author Julia Roberts, and the stories kept getting better and better. The author’s writing narrated this police procedural with conviction and confidence. She and Rachel had indeed traveled far. All was not as they presumed, that was the theme of this story. The author layered their story with subplots. I liked the winding lanes of a thorough investigation, the twists that changed the course of the book, and the final reveal. A fast paced police procedural with a humane cop at the helm made this an entertaining read.
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    Fast-paced & Thrilling!

    A fantastic, thrilling, fast-paced story by J.G. Roberts. In this third book of the series DCI Rachel Hart investigates when Abi Wyett goes for her morning run. But when Abi's friend Hannah, doesn't turn up to their allotted meeting place on time, Abi sets out on her own. As she runs through the wood following their usual route, she is greeted by an appalling sight: Hannah’s body, hanging from a tree. Hannah’s friends and family insist that she had everything to live for, but when murder is confirmed, Rachel starts to realise that there were plenty of people with reasons to want Hannah dead. Then a second woman is found strangled in the same woods, and Rachel starts to wonder if there is a serial killer on the loose. Even if I had not read any of the other books in this series, I would still have been happy to jump straight in and read this as a standalone story. The author, J.G. Roberts provided enough background information on the characters and setting so new readers should not feel at a disadvantage. Rachel Hart is a caring, determined detective with plenty of inner reserve and I would have gladly had her on my team. This novel was a fantastic, electrifying and solid police procedural and I really warmed to Rachel from the outset. Well-balanced with many twists, red herrings and a number of possible suspects that could be responsible for the killings, it had me glued to the pages as I was desperate to know the outcome of the story. The attention-grabbing plot was very cleverly written, being gripping and suspenseful but not unbelievable. Each individual had a defined role in the story and I found myself really rooting for Rachel to succeed in capturing the murderer(s). All of the time the tension was being ratcheted up a notch as the author's writing flowed effortlessly while Why She Died delved into a world of secrets, revenge and menace. All in all, a brilliant, breathtaking and highly recommended crime-thriller. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Bookouture via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion.
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