“The friends of a young girl called Tara, who mysteriously went missing ten years ago, hire PI Jordan Lewis to investigate her disappearance.
There have been frequent sighting of what witnesses describe to be Tara. Jordan tries to piece together these statements to try and uncover the truth.
However as her investigation deepens multiple bodies start appearing around the usually quiet Lake Windermere and Bowness.
As Jordan gets closer to the truth, the attacks become more frequent.
Can Jordan solve the mystery of Tara’s disappearance before more residents are hurt? Or will Jordan and the police uncover more than they had bargained for?”
I am absolutely thrilled to welcome you to damppebbles today as I have something rather special to share with you, a guest review! But it’s not any old guest review, no. It’s a guest review from one of my very favourite bloggers, the gorgeous Kate over at The Quiet Knitter. If you haven’t already, you MUST give Kate a follow as her reviews are superb and she’s much better at this blogging lark than I am!
So, without further ado, here’s what Kate thought about The Ghost of Bowness by M.J. Evans:
“The Ghost of Bowness” is the third book written by M.J. Evans to feature his ex Police officer turned Private Detective Jordan Lewis. In this novel Jordan is contacted by the friends of Tara Marshall, who went missing some ten years ago and no trace of her was ever found. Strange sightings around Windermere and Bowness have the friends spooked, so Amanda O’Neil and Tony Jenkins decides it’s worth hiring Jordan to look into the sightings and find out once and for all what happened to Tara.
As the case evolves, Jordan finds herself working in close connection with the Police, especially with the discoveries of multiple bodies in the tranquil and peaceful setting. Mysteriously, someone seems to be trying to run an investigation alongside Jordan’s and keeps sending her their files, texts from unknown numbers etc.
I found the pace of this to be a bit of a slow build up, but more in the way that groundwork needs to be done to set the scene and provide a framework for the plot to flow. There were aspects of the narrative that I found a little slow in places but this wasn’t enough to put me off reading. I was keen to find out what was going to happen next and see just how the case would pan out. Most of the characters were an interesting mix of unreliable, questionable or untrustworthy which made the mystery element of the story very interesting. Who’s version of events could be trusted, were any of them involved with the mysterious events were just some of the thoughts buzzing around my head while I read this.
Having visited Lake Windermere and much of the Cumbrian setting mentioned I found it easy to conjure clear images of the locations described and found that the details matched up with the images stored in my mind. The juxtaposition of the attacks and murders in such a tranquil setting was nicely done, almost poetic in a sense.
Overall this was an enjoyable read, and one that fans of detective fiction might enjoy.
Thank you so much for reading and reviewing The Ghost of Bowness for me, Kate.
I started writing in 2010 after I had spinal surgery and I am loving every minute of it and wouldn’t change a thing. I recently handed my third manuscript to my publishers and that should be out on sale sometime next year (2016).
When I started writing in 2010 I did a home learning course in Creative Writing. Doing this course was probably the best thing that I did because I have received no formal training in writing.
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