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Title: When I lost You

Author: Merilyn Davies

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Publishing Date: 22 Aug 2019

Everything changes when a child dies. Kelly- Anne lost her child. Forensic pathologist Eve feels Kelly- Anne killed her own child. DCI Bremer along with the crime analyst Carla and DI Nell investigate the case. But things quickly change when Eve receives letters pertaining to the case. As the investigation progress, it brings out dark secrets that are 35 years old.

A debut novel by Merilyn Davies. Being a former crime analyst Merilyn Davies brings depth to the story. It’s an unusual story with a mind-bending twist.

Police procedurals have a tendency of going flat but this one keeps the pace and the thrill till the last page. I am sure for many people some part suspense will be an easy guess. But there is an attraction that keeps you hooked to the book. The author’s writing is crisp and articulate which contributed to this effect.

One of the good things about the book is its limited number of characters. That’s why all the characters received a justified amount of space. You can understand the motivation behind each of the characters.

The main theme of the book is child abuse and branches somewhat to domestic violence. It also gives you a perspective on how child abuse shapes the mind of a child. This can be detrimental to not just relatives but society at large. The author played in the past and present format. The chapters in the past give readers’ reflection of the thoughts of an abused child. The past and the present merge seamlessly forming an intriguing climax.

Overall, it is a compelling mystery with real issues of society which seem minor but how it affects society.

I give this book 4 stars. I highly recommend this book for all crime fiction fans. 

I would like to thank NetGalley, Random House UK, Cornerstone for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.