Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Fear In The Lakes by Graham Smith - Books on Tour Review

A case with no leads.

A victim with no enemies.

A killer with no conscience…

When Detective Beth Young is called to investigate a victim with multiple broken bones, nothing prepares her for what she finds. James Sinclair is fighting for his life, and Beth can’t shake the idea that the nature of his injuries suggest someone with a personal grudge against him.

But James’s devastated wife Laura insists that her kind, softly-spoken husband is a man with no enemies. She was the one with the fiery temper, but James was so calm, she’d never once managed to provoke even a cross word from him in their eight year marriage. And he was the same with everyone – she can’t name one person who might want to hurt him.

But she knows virtually no details about her husband’s childhood or his life before he moved to the Lake District as a young man, and Beth feels sure that the key to finding James’s attacker is hidden in the secrets of his past. Who was he really? And what is the significance of the coded messages that Beth finds hidden on his laptop?

Then two more bodies are found in one of the deep, picturesque lakes that the area is so famous for, exhibiting similar injuries to the ones James Sinclair suffered. How are they connected? And how many more people are at risk?

Beth knows she is in a race against time to hunt a vicious killer who is both elusive and incredibly dangerous. A killer who knows what James did in the past. Who likes to be one step ahead. But who – if they realise they’re being hunted – might come for Beth next…

My Review

Fear In The Lakes is another cracking installment in the Beth Young series. I have absolutely loved this series, and in my opinion Fear In The Lakes is the best part so far.

Beth is presented with the case of a serious and life-threatening assault. She begins to wonder why a man who seemingly led a quiet life and had no known enemies would end up being attacked so severely. As more victims emerge she has to figure out what is going on, before it is too late. There are chapters from the mysterious attacker and they give an insight into what is really going on.

Throughout reading the series, I have grown really fond of Beth. She is strong and resilient, and will do anything to solve a case, even if means putting herself in danger. She has personal struggles, but she is a determined investigator and is able to separate her work and personal life. Beth has good relationships with most of her work colleagues, even her slightly moody boss. There is one of her colleagues she has issues with (as did I, what an idiot!) but she deals with him in her own way. One of my favourite things reading these books, has been getting to know more about some of Beth's workmates lives. Graham Smith has an excellent way of building characters and weaving their lives into the story.

Fear In The Lakes is the third book in the series, it can be read as a standalone, although I think it would be better to read previous books as it will help build the history of the characters and you will be more invested in what is happening in their lives. As with all Graham's books I have read, this is a top-notch read and I can't wait for the next book.

Author Bio

Graham Smith is the bestselling author of four explosive crime thrillers in the Jake Boulder series, Watching the Bodies, The Kindred Killers, Past Echoes and Die Cold. Watching the Bodies spent over two weeks at number one in the Amazon UK chart and Amazon CA charts. Graham is also the author of the popular DI Harry Evans series and has collections of short stories and novellas. His latest novels with Bookouture are set in Cumbria and the Lake District, featuring DC Beth Young.

He is the proud father of a young son. As a time served joiner he has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland. 

An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer for the well-respected review site Crimesquad.com since 2010.

When not working, his time is spent reading, writing and playing games with his son. He enjoys socialising and spending time with friends and family.

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