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The Cradle Will Fall by Clare Donoghue

61B5hTdnFQL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_‘The Cradle Will Fall’ is a prequel to the crime novels featuring Jane Bennett and DI Lockyer. This short story picks up Bennett’s career in the Serious Case Team after her maternity leave. When she enters the home of a mother and her child, she is not prepared for what she encounters. As everyone around her crumbles, however, Bennett proves her worth, remaining calm and showing the tough exterior that we have come to see in her following cases. We also see the introduction of Lockyer and get to see the circumstances behind their close working relationship.

For anyone who has not yet read any of Clare Donoghue’s books, this is an ideal way to get to know the characters. For those already familiar with Bennett and Lockyer, it was good to see the circumstances behind some already known events.

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Trust No One by Clare Donoghue

When the body of doting father Richard Taylor is found in bed by his children Harvey and Olive, DS Jane Bennett and DI Mike Lockyer find themselves dealing with anything but a straightforward murder case. Having recently returned to work as a result of events from her previous case (detailed in No Place to Die), Jane finds herself embroiled in a disturbing investigation where it is obvious that someone is lying, but who?

Although Trust No One is the third book in the series, it can be read as a standalone. After reading the previous book, however, I had looked forward to Clare Donoghue’s next instalment and, happily, I was not disappointed! It is easy to warm to the character of Jane Bennett as she juggles life in the police force with an ill father, an autistic son and an absent ex-partner. After events in the previous book, Lockyer’s overprotectiveness is also understandable.

One of the mistakes a lot of authors make is to include too many characters and make it too confusing to guess who the murderer is. This is not the case here – even though there are few potential suspects, I still found myself changing my mind constantly as to who had done it! When the culprit was revealed, I chastised myself for not remembering something from early on in the book that I thought, at the time, could be significant!

This is a well-written thriller, fully deserving of a five star rating. It can be pre-ordered from Trust No One

This book was received from Net Galley and Pan in return for an honest review.

No Place to Die by Clare Donoghue

I received this book  from Net Galley in return for an honest review.No Place To Die

A good book should hook you from the start and Clare Donoghue manages to do that from the very first page. The fear of being buried alive is not a new idea, indeed in the 19th century, safety coffins were developed to prevent this happening. Donoghue gives this a pyschological twist, however, by interspersing chapters with the thoughts and fears of someone who is enduring this ordeal.

The second book in the series (although it could be read as a standalone) sees DS Jane Bennett and DI Mike Lockyer investigating the disappearance of a colleague after blood is found at his home. This inevitably leads up to a re-investigation of an old case he was involved in and soon a link is found to a body found buried in an underground chamber. Bennett and Lockyer have different ideas about who the culprit is, but who is correct?

Part police procedural, part psychological thriller, this is a gripping read which, at times, moves along at breakneck speed. Characters are written well and the author manages to convey the daily struggles of Bennett as she attempts to juggle her demanding career with her home life where she is the single mother of an autistic child.

I look forward to the next book in the series!

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