Hunter’s Chase – Val Penny
The first book in Val Penny’s Edinburgh Crime Mysteries series gets down and dirty as it follows Detective Hunter Wilson and his team as they work to stop the flow of cocaine into Edinburgh, only to stumble onto a murder when a body is discovered on a local golf course.
Though Wilson is the lead character, the book takes you into the lives of his team as they try to unravel the case while dealing with the relationships and conflicts in their personal lives.
It also takes a deep dive into the lives of people affected by drug crime and murder, and paints a realistically grim picture of life amongst the working classes that echoed my own experiences growing up on the council estates of Dagenham, East London.
I loved this gritty crime drama. It was full of conflict and twists, but amidst the death and darkness, there are threads of love and human warmth woven skilfully through the tale.
What Happened to Coco – VB Furlong
V B Furlong’s debut follows Ella, Bea, Conrad and Harrison as they try to come to terms with the sudden disappearance of their friend, the dazzlingly vibrant Coco.
Each part of the book is told through the viewpoint of one of the respective characters, and as each part unfolds, you learn how Coco impacted their lives for the better.
At the same time dark secrets, conflicts and personal betrayals are revealed, straining the relationships between all four.
But what none of them realise is that Coco has some dark secrets of her own.
The story is an emotional rollercoaster that has you smiling one minute and on the verge of tears the next, and concludes with a stunning twist that I didn’t see coming.