Blog Tour : Where She Lies by Michael Scanlon

February 12, 2019 Book review 2 ★★★★

Well when I heard that Where She Lies by Michael Scanlon was the start of new gripping Irish Detective series, I knew that was a blog tour I HAD to join.  Thanks Bookouture for making my wish happen.

Thanks to Bookouture for giving me 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.

Blog Tour : Where She Lies by Michael ScanlonWhere She Lies by Michael Scanlon
Published by Bookouture on 8 Feb 2019
Genres: Mystery & Detective, Suspense, Thriller
Format: eARC
Source: Blog Tour

In a town full of liars, no one is safe.
When Detective Finnegan Beck is demoted from his high-powered job in Dublin and relocated in disgrace to the small Irish town of Cross Beg, he predicts boredom will be his biggest threat.

It’s a sleepy backwater, a forgotten town of narrow alleyways that lead from the cathedral down to the river, and towards the bogland beyond. It’s a place where seemingly nothing – good nor bad – has happened. Not for a long time.

But when a teenage girl is found dead in the woods a mile from town, and a seemingly-harmless local drifter is arrested, Beck has an instinct that someone with far darker motives is behind the crime.

It seems that everyone in Cross Beg has something to hide though. Wading through layers and layers of lies, and generations upon generations of secrets, he believes he’s finally getting closer to the truth.

That is, until the killer strikes again…

This debut novel from a powerful new Irish voice is the first in a gripping series that will feature his charismatic detective, Finnegan Beck.

First Line of Where She Lies by Michael Scanlon

“She cursed herself for having agreed to meet him in the forest.”

My Thoughts on Where She Lies by Michael Scanlon

I thought this was a cracking debut novel, with lots of potential for further development of the characters. Beck has been shuttled off from a busy Dublin Garda Station, to a small town station and demoted a few rungs on the ladder too. Then, we left hanging on for the reason why, which made me tear through the pages as I was intrigued.

I will say that Beck represents a detective we have seen in many other books and films. Quirky, clever, fond of a drink, murky past, willing to bend the rules to get his man. But I still attached quickly to him, and enjoyed watching him trying to resist getting involved in the murder investigation, but being pulled in anyway.

The death count mounts quickly in this sleepy town and while I thought I knew whodunnit it. I wasn’t even close! And I love when an author catches me out like. The atmosphere was dark and gristly, with some scenes causing shivers to run up and down by back.

Overall I really enjoyed it, and look forward to more in this police procedural series. And more time with Beck.

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

Who Should read Where She Lies by Michael Scanlon?

I’d recommend this to fans of psychological thrillers with gripping plots, or if you like Irish settings and to those who like to be kept guessing. Fans of With Our Blessing by Jo Spain and Can Anybody Help Me by Sinead Crowley should also enjoy

About Michael Scanlon

Michael Scanlon is a civilian employee of the An Garda Siochana (the Irish police force), but a life threatening undiagnosed illness that struck while travelling in Spain in 2014 has rendered him on long term sick leave. He is married to Eileen and has a daughter, Sarah. He lives in the countryside outside the town of Ballina in County Mayo. The town has arguably the best salmon river in Europe, called the Mo


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2 Responses to “Blog Tour : Where She Lies by Michael Scanlon”

    • trish

      He thinks a bit of hassle in the book about his name, and I’m not surprised! Like you I love that unsettling feeling when I got everything wrong.

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