“Attending what seems to be a routine break-in, troubled Detective Garda Cathy Connolly makes a grisly discovery: an old wedding dress – and, concealed in its hem, a baby’s bones.
And then the dress’s original owner, Lavinia Grant, is found dead in a Dublin suburb.
Searching for answers, Cathy is drawn deep into a complex web of secrets and lies spun by three generations of women.
Meanwhile, a fugitive killer has already left two dead in execution style killings across the Atlantic – and now he’s in Dublin with old scores to settle. Will the team track him down before he kills again?
Struggling with her own secrets, Cathy doesn’t know how dangerous – and personal – this case is about to become…”
That blurb! I love that blurb. When I was offered the chance to read Little Bones there was no way I was going to say no. I also remembered a number of influential bloggers being totally smitten with this book when it was first published last year as an eBook. So I just had to see for myself.
And the verdict? I thoroughly enjoyed it. It has a good, strong story-line with believable and maybe more importantly, likeable characters. The opening chapters with the discovery of the bones grab your attention and you’re not released from the story until the very end. Probably muttering the words…’woah’ or ‘…seriously?…’ under your breath.
Cathy Connolly is a very likeable lead protagonist who is only made more human by the situation she finds herself in. I instantly warmed to Cathy and was cheering her on from start to finish (for those who have read the book, particularly at the end….!). When Cathy is called to what seems like a run-of-the-mill burglary, she is shocked to discover what appears to be small bones sewn into the hem of a wedding dress. But it’s not the only case Cathy and her boss, DI Dawson O’Rourke are tasked with investigating. They are also on the hunt for a cold blooded killer from overseas who has reportedly landed in County Dublin. I really enjoyed the relationship between Cathy and O’Rourke. There’s a deep understanding between these two characters which I found very appealing. I’m keen to see where Sam Blake will take this particular relationship.
The author has managed to spin several seemingly unconnected threads throughout the story and I couldn’t work out how they were all going to tie together. But they do, and the bringing together and the rounding up of the these sub-plots is done with great style. I want more Cathy Connolly and I’m excited to see that book two in the series is due for release later in the Spring.
Would I recommend this book? I most certainly would. It’s a dark, chilling read and I really enjoyed it. Cathy Connolly is instantly likeable and I can’t wait to read more from Sam Blake soon. Definitely a debut writer to watch out for.
Four out of five stars.
Little Bones by Sam Blake was published in the UK by Twenty7 | Bonnier Zaffre on 23rd February 2017 and is available in paperback and eBook formats | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Waterstones | Goodreads |
Sam Blake is a pseudonym for Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin, who is originally from St. Albans in Hertfordshire but has lived at the foot of the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland for (almost) more years than she lived in the UK. Married to a retired member of An Garda Siochana she has two children, three cats and a fish, and runs the world’s only national writing resources website, as well as a publishing consultancy – she is Ireland’s leading literary scout.