Risk of Harm by Lucie Whitehouse

Robin Lyons is back in her hometown of Birmingham and now a DCI with Force Homicide, working directly under Samir, the man who broke her heart almost twenty years ago.

When a woman is found stabbed to death in a derelict factory and no one comes forward to identify the body, Robin and her team must not only hunt for the murderer, but also solve the mystery of who their victim might be.

As Robin and Samir come under pressure from their superiors, from the media and from far-right nationalists with a dangerous agenda, tensions in Robin’s own family threaten to reach breaking point. And when a cold case from decades ago begins to smoulder and another woman is found dead in similar circumstances, rumours of a serial killer begin to spread.

In order to get to the truth Robin will need to discover where loyalty ends, and duty begins. But before she can trust, she is going to have to forgive – and that means grappling with some painful home truths.

My Thoughts

⭐⭐⭐⭐

When Robin Lyons makes the move back to Birmingham to work as a DCI for the Homicide team she seizes the opportunity to be closer to her family once again. As a single parent she has had to juggle her work commitments alongside her parenting duties, something that has certainly not been an easy task.

This is a chance for her to make a fresh start and really dive back in to her work, but there is one minor problem… the person leading the team is none other than Samir, the man who broke her heart many years ago. Robin is determined to put all of that behind her though and gets stuck in to her job, and before long they are faced with a tragic case. A woman’s body has been found in a derelict building, nobody comes forward to identify her. This leaves them having to not only solve the case of who committed the murder, but also try and work out who this woman is and why nobody has come forward with information.

When another murder takes place soon after, the team faces a lot of backlash as to why they can’t provide the public with answers. On top of this they have the mounting pressure being pushed down on them from their superiors and find themselves in a race against the clock to find the person responsible for these tragic murders.

This was one of those books that has you frantically turning the page as you feel so desperate to know what will happen next. The story itself is perfectly structured and provides us with drama, suspense and unbearable tension as the plot progresses. The characters are well fleshed out and are given their own in-depth personalities and flaws that make them all the more relatable to the reader. The dialogue between the characters is brilliant and really adds to the enjoyment of the book as a whole.

A brilliant read that had me engrossed to the very end. I loved this story!.

About the Author

Lucie Whitehouse was born in Gloucestershire in 1975, read Classics at Oxford University and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of The House at Midnight, the TV Book Club pick The Bed I Made and Before We Met, which was a Richard & Judy Summer Book Club pick and an ITV3 Crime Thriller selection.

*Thank you to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*

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