#BookReview of A Hollow Sky by M. Sean Coleman ​@mseancoleman @rararesources #giveaway

Posted November 24, 2018 by Zoé in Book Reviews, Giveaways, Reviews and Stuff / 0 Comments

#BookReview of A Hollow Sky by M. Sean Coleman ​@mseancoleman @rararesources #giveaway

A Hollow Sky by M.Sean Coleman
Series: Alex Ripley Mystery #2
Published by Red Dog Press on November 21 2018
Genres: Mystery, Crime
Pages: 301
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Also by this author: The Cuckoo Wood


Jane Hewitt had been miraculously healed—cured of a terminal cancer that had been eating away at her body for months. After one meeting with an incredible young woman, Jane rose from her wheelchair and walked out, believing that her lifetime of devoted faith had been rewarded.

The next day, Jane died in her husband's arms, devastated that her God had deserted her. Her husband, Ian, blames her hastened death on the faith healer she visited. But that faith healer is a teenage girl called Megan, who has been in a coma for five years, and has no say over how her gift is used.

When Ian is arrested after being accused of breaking in to Megan's house and trying to tamper with her life support, he turns to the only person he knows can help clear his name, and stop this family deceiving any other victims—Dr Alex Ripley, the so called Miracle Detective.

Fascinated by Megan's case, and needing a distraction, Ripley finds herself on Holy Island, off the coast of North Wales, caught up in an investigation that will prove more sinister and dangerous than she could have imagined. Ian is not the first person to complain about Megan and her supporters, but he seems to be the only one left alive. For now.

A Hollow Sky is the second Alex Ripley Mystery

I have just finished this book and bloody hell that ending! I need the next book like yesterday!! I adore this series, Dr Alex Ripley is such a refreshing character and I can relate a lot to her with her current situation, as I said in my last review, of her husband being AWOL, my biggest fear!

This story touches on the case from the previous book, in fact, the book carries on a matter of days after the first so I would read it. You would not be missing out if you did not read it, but you would miss the overall picture by not doing so.

I loved that this book, as mentioned before, continues from the first book and that Ripley is not a machine and back to normal, that the case in Cuckoo Wood has affected her. We learn more about her husband John and him being AWOL. And we return back to a character from the first book Ian Hewitt! He feels his wife was duped by a supposed child healer and this is where Ripley joins the fray.

Ian’s story is a heartbreaking one and it is one which explains the meaning of A hollow sky, I just wanted to cry. But when Ian turns up at the girl’s house things get out hand and Ripley comes to town. Then things seriously go crazy!

I love that this is another sleepy village story but contrasting from the first book in that they don’t renounce strangers but welcome them, all the while watching their every move! Everyone seemed to out for themselves, with their own motives and no consideration for anyone.

The ending was shocking for one storyline and heartbreaking for another and OMG for another! I don’t quite know how to compute it all.

I can easily get lost in Mr Coleman’s writing! It took me a day to read, had to get my normal 5 hours sleep in, as I just didn’t want to put this book down. I had to follow the clues with Ripley and I didn’t have a scooby how it would end or what would cause it to end and I loved it! This series is detective work but a different kind, Ripley wants to debunk the miracles but all the while wanting one. She is there to question not your faith but the reality of it all. And I love that it is not a typical police procedural book, we get stuck in the characters, if and when there are deaths it takes a back seat as the characters and motives take the forefront making this such an exciting series to read!

I love it and I can not wait for the next book. Have I said that already?! Well, I can not! Just wish I had it now! Cliffhanger much!!!!!

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Thank you so much to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the tour invite and the author  for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review

About M.Sean Coleman

Born in the UK and raised in South Africa, M. Sean Coleman developed a love for reading and writing novels in his early teens, thanks to two incredibly passionate English teachers who infected him with their love of words and stories. Over the intervening years, he has written film and television drama, cross-platform series, an interactive children’s storybook and a graphic novel series.

He finally found his niche as a thriller writer when he was asked to write a novel as part of the cross-platform project, Netwars. His first book, The Code, was published six months later, with the sequel, Down Time, hot on its heels. There was no going back. He is obsessed with crime, mystery and thriller stories, especially those with a fresh or surprising angle.

He writes novels from his home in The Cotswolds, where he lives with his husband and their three red dogs.

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