Publication Date: May 1st from Faber and Faber
Source: Review Copy
Marin Strasser has a secret. Her fiancée thinks her secret is that she’s having an affair, and he hires P.I. Roxane Weary to prove it.Then, just days into the case, Marin is shot to death on a side street in an apparent mugging. But soon enough the police begin to focus on Roxane’s client for Marin’s death, so she starts to dig deeper into Marin’s life—discovering that the elegant woman she’s been following has a past and a half, including two previous marriages, an adult son fresh out of prison, and a criminal record of her own. The trail leads to a crew of con artists, an ugly real estate scam that defrauds unsuspecting elderly homeowners out of their property, and the suspicious accident of a wealthy older woman who lives just down the street from where Marin was killed.
With Roxane’s client facing a murder indictment, the scammers threaten Roxane’s mother by ensnaring her house in their web of fraud unless Roxane drops the case, and it becomes clear that the stakes are as high as the secrets run deep.
Brilliant follow up to Kristen Lepionka’s excellent debut The Last Place You Look, featuring once again main protagonist Roxane Weary, a character I now love more than I did the first time.
Intriguing mystery elements around well rounded and cleverly layered characters equals genuinely absorbing reading material yet again. The writing is gorgeously immersive and the author builds an atmospheric and compelling mystery – psychological noir with a beautifully literary style.
Kristen Lepionka twists the plot beautifully, keeping you unsure of what is actually going on – at the heart of it sits Roxanne, still struggling with some of the issues from her last adventure – using her gut instinct to unravel the lies and get to the heart of things. She is a truly engaging character, forming part of a series that is fast becoming one of my favourites.
The tension builds in an absorbing way right up until the final resolution – this is crime writing at its best, I’m a huge fan of Roxane Weary and I hope she has many many more adventures to come.
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