#BlogBlitz: NOW SHE’S GONE by ALISON JAMES (Detective Rachel Prince #2) @bookouture @AlisonJbooks @nholten40
Title: Now She’s Gone
Author: Alison James
She took a mouthful of the sweet liquid and started to feel a pounding in her head. Arms went around her waist and she was half lifted and half pulled. The last thing she was aware of was her head hitting a step…
Sixteen-year-old Emily had everything to live for. A bright, beautiful teenager with a promising future ahead of her. But in one night her life is cut short. The police say it’s an accident. But her parents think she was murdered.
When Detective Rachel Prince is called in to investigate the shocking death at the height of the Edinburgh festival, her instincts tell her that things are not as they first appear. Something is very wrong.
As the case takes an unexpected turn, Rachel discovers a chilling link with the suspicious death of another international student, who stayed in the same house as Emily two years before.
Just as Rachel finds herself on the hunt for a serial killer, a painful relationship from her own past catches up with her. And Rachel must decide what is more important – catching the killer or keeping her own secrets?
A breath-taking, tense roller-coaster crime thriller featuring unforgettable series detective Rachel Prince. Now She’s Gone is perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Peter James and Karin Slaughter.
Wowsers definitely a one sitting read, the opening page hauls you straight into the depths of the story and doesn’t let you go until the very last page.
I’m so privileged to read the second book by Alison James, Now She’s Gone , a Detective Rachel Prince crime thriller and by golly I wasn’t disappointed.
Detective Rachel Prince is assigned a case concerning a young 16 year old Dutch teenager, Emily, whose death has been ruled as accidental by Scottish Police but her parents believe she was murdered. Rachel heads to Edinburgh where she senses something isn’t quite right, things don’t add up, niggles that implore here to investigate further, but she has to tread carefully as she is out with her jurisdiction. Rachel approaches the investigation tentatively, until they have grounds for a full investigation she doesn’t want to rock the boat with the local constabulary, she needs the Scottish Police on board.
The kicker is that there has been a death previously at the same house two years early, also ruled as accidental. There are too many coincidences Rachel and her counterpart DS Mark Brickall have their work cut out for them, various hurdles have been place in their path, the lies, the secrets, the darkness, will Prince and Brickall find out who is responsible.
The investigation is heating up and so is Rachels private life, the past is here and there is no getting away from it, Rachel has now to face the hand she has been dealt and suffer the consequences either way. An emotional formula which will have you, contesting your own decisions.
The camaraderie between Prince and Brickall is evident in the way they rub off one another, the seriousness of Rachel but the joviality of Mark, pulls them both together creating a team which is focused but comfortable with each other. I sense that Brickall has a soft spot for Rachel, he has always got her back, not just at work, in her social life as well, is their going to be some intent on Brickall’s part, will there be more between them, I suppose only time will tell.
Alison James has created a thriller sizzling with heat, spilling over with the darkness of intense criminal activity. I look forward to the next in the series as I’m sure Alison won’t keep us waiting long…..
Thanks to Bookouture, Alison James and the lovely Noelle for allowing me the opportunity to read an advanced readers copy of Now She’s Gone in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Born in the Cotswolds, Alison spent most of her formative years abroad. She studied languages at Oxford, then became a journalist and author, returning to university after her two children to take a law degree. After a three-year stint as a criminal paralegal, Alison worked as a commercial copywriter and then a TV storyliner, before coming full circle to write fiction again.
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