Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Book Review: The Red House by Emily Winslow


Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Witness Impulse, via Edelweiss, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


This new book is slated to come out in paperback in June, but the UK versions are already available, so I'm sharing today, so you can pre-order!


This is the third book featuring Cambridgeshire detectives Morris Keene and Chloe Frohmann.

the red house cover


Synopsis:


Maxwell’s fiancée, Imogen, is obsessed with her idyllic childhood in Cambridge, England, which was cut short by her parents’ deaths at a young age, causing her and her siblings to be adopted by different families. With plans to move back there, the young couple travel to the city together, where Imogen’s excitement is offset by Max’s deeply unsettling déjà vu: despite having no history there, something about Cambridge is all too familiar. As the wedding planning begins and Imogen’s preoccupation with her lost younger brother intensifies, Maxwell is forced to consider that he may actually be Imogen’s missing brother. Worse, he fears that she may already know that he is, and be marrying him anyway.

Meanwhile, Detective Chief Inspector Morris Keene languishes at home, struggling with a debilitating injury and post-traumatic stress, and his former partner, Detective Inspector Chloe Frohmann, investigates a suicide case in which Morris’ daughter is suspected of having a hand. When buried skeletons are discovered next to an old barn, the suicide is linked back to Imogen’s childhood, revealing horrors of the past and triggering new dangers in the present.


Review:

This is the first book in this series I have read (HOW did I miss books 1 and 2?), and I will be going back and snagging the previous books to catch up (and I'll be sharing them with you later this month though!) . The author does a great job in giving you just enough info on Chloe's and Morris's past, so you understand how they work together and why things are like they are in their lives. I liked how this book focused on Morris' family and adjustment to life off the force. he realizes while he may not be able to do the job anymore, the job is still IN him and what he is. That is a huge struggle to work through, and when his daughter is implicated in a death and more, he needs it to help him focus and protect her. This is an interesting mystery that keeps you guessing over and over, as clues change, and you wonder if you had it right after all. The end might surprise, but if you look back and reflect on the characters, it is perfect. Kudos to Emily for a great new British police series! Don't miss this one!



About the Author:



Emily Winslow is an American in Cambridge, England. She's the author of the novels The Whole World, The Start of Everything, and the memoir Jane Doe January. Check out her website for more

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