When I Lost You by Merilyn Davies @nellbelleandme @arrowpublishing #BookReview #NetGalleyCountdown #Book571

Posted February 24, 2021 by Zoé in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

When I Lost You by Merilyn Davies
Series: Carla Brown & Nell Jackson #1
Published by Arrow on July 1 2019
Format: eARC
Source: Net Galley
Pages: 386
Also by this author: If I Fall

A heart-stopping thriller from an authentic new voice in crime writing – When I Lost You will enthral fans of Helen Fields and Cara Hunter.
When a young couple are accused of murdering their only child, Crime Analyst Carla Brown and DS Nell Jackson are assigned to investigate. A terrible case, but seemingly simple to solve, as all evidence points to the parents…

The couple are adamant that they have been framed. And when the father mysteriously disappears, their protests of innocence don’t seem quite so hard to believe.

With so many people hiding secrets, Carla and Nell must work desperately to find out the truth.

Because no matter how fast we run, our pasts will always find us in the end.

I have literally finished this book and just wow. There have been very few books that can take my breath away like this. I think I need to just take a minute……

….ok that minute did not work. I have to say this book is fantastic if you had not worked that out already. It is a chilling start to the book with the death of a baby, one that will always send shivers through me and then another death happens. Now as shocking as these are, they are not the story. No, the story is something much more intricate and devastating.

One thing I love about this book is that despite the fact I guessed where we were going within the story, Ms Davies was still making me doubt myself. I was adamant I had it figured out, but with the sleight of hand, I was floundering. Was it all as clean-cut as I thought?

Then the end, wow. It was shocking and fricking brave! I did not expect it coming and I loved that it is not what I thought was coming. I had a few tears forming, it was a powerful end, ending the way it all began. Just wow. Then the kidney punch in the epilogue. I mean Jeez! Well, enough said really, just read it.

This is a book that has been playing on my mind. My kindle has been itching to be read all day while I work. If it could talk I know it would be whispering at me to read. I just had to know what was going to happen. I have found Ms Davies writing such a treat. She has these threads of a story and she mixes everything up. We go to the past, we are in the present but we see everything from different perspectives, all adding to an explosive showdown.

I still have not scratched the surface of how epic I really think this book is. The fact we have the point of view of a crime analyst was a fresh look, as we see the behind the scenes rather than hard-hitting with the Detectives investigating. I love Nell, Carla, Paul and Bremner, their little unit does not always click, there is some grating on each other but they get results. At the end of the day, when it counts they have each other backs.

Just wow that is all I have to say. Roll on to the next book!!!!

Until next time xxx

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