A Killer in the Family: The gripping new thriller that will have you hooked from the first page

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A Killer in the Family: The gripping new thriller that will have you hooked from the first page

A Killer in the Family: The gripping new thriller that will have you hooked from the first page

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She studied English at Cambridge, where she became known quite quickly for her brand of twisty, dark yet entertaining drama. I'm pretty sure most fans of this series will enjoy this one, though, and I thank the publisher, via NetGalley, for allowing me to become one by way of a pre-release review copy. Aisling Cooley would have never dreamed that submitting a DNA sample to try to find her father would turn into a nightmare. What makes this twisty, intelligent, heart-throbbing psychological thriller series so unique is the way Gytha Lodge delves into deep layers of characters, allowing us not only to connect with each of them but also become a part of their world.

It’s Detective Chief Inspector Jonah Sheens who’s chasing the Bonfire Killer, who might be Aisling's father. The storyline was right up my street, excellent police work and the DNA twist brought something really special to the plot. It's the second such crime scene in the vicinity of the New Forest, the charred remains of another woman, 46-year-old Brockenhurst woman Jacqueline Clarke, having been incinerated on a similar pyre the previous October.Desperate for answers, Aisling submits her DNA and receives a familial hit- but not one she expected. The investigations take her back to her home turf, as well as making it clear that someone has her in their sights. Liam is a troubled young man with a history of violence, while Sean is a quiet and introverted teenager. I didn't really connect with the characters, and the part I struggled with the most was covering up for your child.

This helps with empathy, as you follow their journeys, hoping they’re not guilty / going to be a victim, because you care for them. I love seeing the same police staff around him as well, knowing what they have been through and the emotional connections that run between them. I like the characterization of the various police officers: the messy Domnall, the inscrutable but vulnerable Ben, and so on. Realizing that his sons will not allow him, he sends them away to get water for the couple, and then shoots all four of them.

Watching From the Dark, her second novel, is released in February 2020, with her third book lined up for spring of 2021.

I just read a fantastic nonfiction book, The Forever Witness: How Genetic Genealogy Solved a Cold Case Double Murder, about that very topic, so it was fun to see its fictional use here. The books have some really strong characters, both in the team and amongst the people they are investigating. At its core, A Killer in the Family is a story about family dynamics and the secrets that can fester within them.

The chance mention of a name from her past prompts her to finally look through the boxes of photographs and papers she put aside in her spare room after her mother died. Thanks NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group-Random House for this ARC that will be released August 8, 2023!

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