Trust No One by Claire Donoghue.
A marriage is what you make it, isn’t it? It’s what you put into it. It’s not just about love, it’s about understanding another person’s point of view. Sometimes there are things you find out about yourself and each other which means the marriage has to end. Sad, particularly when kids are involved – but all pretty normal. Normal that is, until there’s a murder. DS Jane Bennett and DI Mike Lockyer are called in to investigate one of the South London murder squad’s most difficult and distressing cases yet – where family and friends come under scrutiny in the hardest of circumstances.
The story kicks off with a mystery person planning something suspect… we don’t know what. We then meet Richard Taylor and his two young children having a barbecue. The scene then shifts to our first meeting with D.S Jane Bennet. I warmed to her character right away because she is mum to a young autistic son with learning difficulties. Much like myself and my children. We then shift back to Richard Taylor’s flat where he has been found dead by his children.
Jane’s boss, D.I Mike Lockyear is a newly promoted Senior Investigating Officer and as a result her is nervous and a little overbearing. He worries about Jane as she has recently had a month off work, but he trusts her to run her own investigations team. The investigation begins slowly, with both the victim’s children undergoing interview.
As the investigation begins, we learn that the murder victim’s daughter may possibly have been abused by her brother. Richard’s ex wife and his best friend are both interviewed and the evidence unveiled something that leaves one of them asking for a lawyer and clamming up.
There is an interesting back thread woven through the story. Jane’s relationship with her parents. They are a big part of her life. Her son’s father also pops back into her life after an absence of eight years. It is nice to see the human side of characters in a crime thriller.
The author has created thoroughly believable and likeable characters that I enjoyed getting to know throughout the story.
As the story plays out, we are given several teasers as to who the culprit really is, but when you find out the truth, it’s one hell of a shock that you weren’t expecting!
Many thanks to Netgalley for my advance copy. I’m very grateful. A really good 4 out of 5 star read. Check it out!