Book Review: One Bad Turn by Sinead Crowley

June 2, 2017 Book review 6 ★★★★

One Bad Turn by Sinead Crowley is a deceptively twisty book, which I raced though eager to puzzle it all out.  And of course I was racing against the mind of Claire Boyle, the detective sergeant whose mind was also racing and her sleuthing skills quickly outpaced me.  I loved the book and so when Quercus Books asked me to join the Blog Tour, I was happy to jump on board, and help sing a song of praise for Sinead Crowley’s latest offering.

Book Review: One Bad Turn by Sinead CrowleyOne Bad Turn by Sinead Crowley
Published by Quercus Books Genres: Mystery & Detective, Police Procedural, Suspense
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

Being held hostage at gunpoint by her childhood friend is not Dr Heather Gilmore's idea of a good day at work. It only gets worse when she hears that her nineteen-year-old daughter Leah has been kidnapped.

Sergeant Claire Boyle wasn't expecting to get caught up in a hostage situation during a doctor's appointment. When it becomes apparent that the kidnapping is somehow linked to the hostage-taker, a woman called Eileen Delaney, she is put in charge of finding the missing girl.

What happened between Eileen and Heather to make Eileen so determined to ruin her old friend? Claire Boyle must dig up the secrets from their pasts to find out - and quickly, because Leah is still missing, and time is running out to save her.

CRIME Page-Turner suspense Well Written

First Line of One Bad Turn by Sinead Crowley

“There was no need to think about where she was going; her feet knew the way.”

My thoughts on One Bad Turn by Sinead Crowley

This book is mainly a police procedural mystery, but it has enough tension and action to also be classified as a suspense. It’s the third book in the DS Claire Boyle series, but each would stand on their own, and I see no problems with reading them out-of-order.

Two things hit me about this book, and it was the same with the other two books in this series.

  • there is a very strong sense of setting.  It captures life in Dublin, with all it’s colour.
  • An engaging cast of characters.  Some I liked, some not so much, but all held my attention.

My favourite character is still Claire Boyle.  She struggles to balance her passion for her job, with her role as a mother and wife.  Her mind is razor-sharp, and I admire her professional skills.  However, she struggles to juggle it all.  Her daughter is her number one priority, but she is also strongly committed to pursuing professional goals.  It’s so honest, and relatable.

I also enjoyed the satisfying reveal of the crime element in this book.  It’s told over two-time periods.  The first one is a current time, and kicks off with the abduction of a girl.  The other timeline is a flashback to the recent past, where events take place that are driving the present crisis.

I loved the blend of mystery, suspense, family life and all against the ticking clock.  You can sense the element of danger, and the rising tension.  Which resulted in me swiping pages quickly, with a sense of trepidation.  The theme of a mothers love runs throughout the book, and a suburban crime story always gets under my skin.  It’s just far too plausible and likely to happen.

Big thumbs up.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars


Who should read One Bad Turn by Sinead Crowley?

I’d recommend this to you if you like police procedurals that focus heavily on emotional storylines, and interesting characters.  If you liked previous books by Sinead Crowley, I think you’ll enjoy catching up with some familiar characters.  Fans of Liz Nugent, Tina Seskis and Jane Corry should also enjoy.

Thanks to Quercus Books for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration.  As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.

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