Corvus Books August 2018
Naomi Hannah has been blind since birth. Struggling with living in a small, claustrophobic town, Naomi contemplates ending her life. But then she stumbles across the body of a young woman who has been brutally murdered. She senses someone else there at the scene – watching her. Naomi may not be able to see the killer’s face, but she is still the only person who can identify him.
As the police begin hunting the person responsible and more victims are discovered, Naomi is forced to answer the question on which her fate hangs: why did the killer let her live?
I was invited by the author to be a part of the Instagram book tour, I’ll be honest, I was uncertain but the cover appealed and the premise sounded good so I agreed and am I glad I did! The central character of Naomi is skilfully mastered, blind since birth, I think the author captured how this must be – living without sight. I was astounded at how vulnerable she was all of the time as a result of being blind and this was terrifically captured in this book. It really made me think.
The police investigation into the murder was a story of its own, marred by secrets and corruption and a horrendous, bullying DI. The likeable character of DS Marcus Campbell,in contrast was determined to find justice, relentlessly pursuing the investigation despite direction from his difficult DI.
Set in a small town with a traumatic past this was a closed community, past wrongs unforgotten and seeking retribution now, no matter how misguided. This fast paced crime fiction had a gripping plot with twists and turns aplenty and a crime that I had not solved until the final reveal. Strong in characterisation with some truly hideous personalities and a selection of would be villains that certainly kept me guessing. This story was tinged with a darkness, in keeping with Naomi’s blindness.
Told in the third person mainly from the points of view of Marcus and Naomi with some retrospective chapters relating to a previous crime creating a wider picture, the writing style was engaging and easy to follow. With enough characters to tell the story but easy enough to keep track of, this was a relatively quick read despite being over 400 pages long. The plot was detailed but concluded nicely with all questions resolved by the final page.
An original piece of crime fiction that was pacy and unpredictable and a thriller of a read. Recommended by me.
Thank you as always for reading and thank you to Jack Jordan for providing me with a signed copy of this book.