At last it's my turn on the blog tour for this cracking good read. I've been itching to write my thoughts about it.
If I ever wanted to write a book, this is the writing style I would choose. Straight to the point, pacy, no messing about and not a word wasted. No flowery prose here. Exactly how I like a book to read.
After a boozy session, Poppy awakes to find numerous missed calls trying to inform her of the tragic news that her younger sister India has fallen to her death from a railway bridge in her home town of Brighton.
Poppy heads back to her old home in Brighton without barely a change of clothes and while her mother is consumed by grief about her daughter's death, Poppy single-mindedly sets about trying to discover the truth of her sister's death. She discovers an online blog written by India, largely in mysterious prose, with a few mysterious, anonymous follower friends that she attempts to trace to determine exactly what had happened prior to the terrible event.
The search for the truth leads Poppy through the bars and clubs of Brighton that were once familiar haunts of hers, but she isn't welcomed back by her former boyfriend who she still has feelings for nor by his wealthy family.
This isn't the usual formulaic crime fiction read, with a detective team trying to solve a suspected crime – it is one very determined sister uncovering secrets and lies during her one-woman investigation but has she now put herself in danger?
I was very quickly drawn into this story, all the more so because I'm familiar with Brighton and visited often when family lived on the West Sussex coast.
An author to watch out for and I'll look forward to reading more books written by Lucy V Hay.
With thanks to the Orenda team via Anne Cater for my review copy.
About the Author
Lucy V. Hay is a novelist, script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2write consultancy. She is the associate producer of Brit Thrillers Deviation (2012) and Assassin (2015), both starring Danny Dyer. Lucy is also head reader for the London Screenwriters' Festival and has written two non-fiction books, Writing & Selling Thriller Screenplays, plus its follow-up Drama Screenplays. She lives in Devon with her husband, three children, six cats and five African Land Snails.
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