I am pleased to be the latest stop on the blog tour for Dead and Gone by D. L. Michaels, which was published by Aria on May 1st.

When DI Annie Parker visits the supermarket, little does she realise that a disagreement with a fellow customer will see her becoming embroiled in a case that will pit her against one of the country’s leading crime families as she investigates a 20-year-old murder. Meanwhile, the life of successful businesswoman Paula Smith should be a happy one. Indeed it would be, if it wasn’t for her alcoholic husband, Danny, who she knows she should leave. What is the secret that keeps her there? In contrast, Sarah Johnson’s life appears idyllic. Married to a man she loves, all is not, however, what it seems. What secret is he harbouring?

Dead and Gone is a police procedural with a twist. After losing her husband and daughter-in-law in an accident, work has become somewhat of an escape from Annie’s home life. Her son has come to depend on her more and more as he attempts to deal with his own grief, often leaving her in charge of her young granddaughter. Now with the added complications her sister brings, the magnitude of this case threatens to overwhelm her. Never one to be deterred, though, Annie comes across as a feisty, no-nonsense officer and one that I would love to read about again.

At first, I did find the format of the book slightly confusing. The story is told from the points of view of the three main characters and, until I got to know them all, I found myself getting confused between Paula and Sarah. Once the story took hold, however, I soon became engrossed in their back stories although I still looked forward to Annie’s chapters the most.

It was inevitable that, at some point, the three story lines would converge and so I was constantly looking for ways in which I thought it would happen. When it did, the twist was not something I saw coming and was definitely a great surprise. It was probably at this point that I started to read a lot faster, desperate to know the outcome of the huge revelation!

Dead and Gone is a great start to a series and I look forward to reading what follows.

With thanks to Aria and Net Galley for my ARC.