Crime, Thriller

Bitter Edge by Rachel Lynch – Review

This is the first book I’ve read from the DI Kelly Porter series and I will confess I started to feel a little nervous as the plot strands mount up. Rachel Lynch does not shy away from dark themes – the book opens with a teenage girl taking her own life and then draws in teen drug use, a parent out for revenge, potentially unfounded accusations and family drama. There are some very fine plotting skills on display as these various strands weave their way through the book and to (for me at least) an unexpected conclusion. Of particular note is that the story is set in one of the UK’s most beautiful regions, the Lake District, which it would be tempting to portray as chocolate box scenery. Although you get a feel for the raw beauty of the area, Lynch does not ignore the significant social issues facing rural populations. Highly recommended and for me a chance to go back and read the first three in the series.

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This is a review of an advance copy  provided by NetGalley and Canelo.