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The Vault by Karen Long

Title: The Vault, The Eleanor Raven Series Book 2 The Vault

Author: Karen Long

Publisher: Lawsome Books

Published: December 3rd, 2014

Rating: 5/5

This is the first time I’ve read a book by this author – but I doubt it will be the last. From the very start, her writing style engages the reader, taking them in as a witness to the events being revealed in her carefully crafted text. Somehow she makes you feel like you’re watching everything unfurling before you, hearing every unexpected nuance, seeing every clue and empathising with the characters. As snippets are uncovered, the author keeps the reader totally immersed and on the edge of their seat.

The characters in the story are complex, especially D I Eleanor Raven who is the ‘star’ of the novel and series. She was almost killed in the previous novel in this series and is battling to overcome the physical and emotional trauma those events have caused. I was also intrigued by her partner, Detective Laurence Whitefoot, both as an individual and in his relationship with Eleanor. Why did he leave his career as a doctor to join the police? As the highly convoluted plot progresses, secrets and details are tantalisingly revealed – and more victims are discovered.

This is an excellent crime thriller, full of mystery, suspense and action. It is quite a dark novel and, at times, is so gritty and frank it can make difficult reading but it is appropriate to the story and not there only for effect. I’m so pleased to find another great female detective and another superb author  – I’ll be looking out for future stories in this series!

Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.

This book is available from a variety of sources including

amazon.co.uk           amazon.com          barnes and noble

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