Let me be the first person in the world to wish Owen Mullen and Bloodhound Books ‘happy publishing day’ for In Harm’s Way. While it might still be 15 October where you are, here in New Zealand a cloudy dawn is just breaking on October 16. If you haven’t yet read anything by this author, I really can’t recommend him highly enough. If you have already read some or all of his other books then, like me, you will have been eagerly awaiting the publication of his latest, and here it is . . .
EXCERPT: She shut her eyes as her clothes were ripped from her body. The last thing she remembered was lying naked on the bed with the man in the black coat standing over her, breathing hard, turning the belt in his hands.
He smiled for the first time. ‘Think of this as your reward. Enjoy it. I will.’
ABOUT THIS BOOK: What if you were being stalked and no one believed you?
What if you were abducted in broad daylight?
What if you were chained to a bed and held captive in a cellar? What would you do?
Mackenzie Crawford screamed.
What if your wife went out at night and wouldn’t say where she was going?
What if she admitted she had a lover?
What if you came home one day and discovered she’d left?
What would you do?
Derek Crawford went to pieces.
What if a woman with an alcohol problem disappeared?
What if there was no evidence of a crime?
What if her brother asked you to help?
What would you do?
In Glasgow, DI Andrew Geddes put the case to the top of his list.
What if someone you loved was in harm’s way?
MY THOUGHTS: I am so pleased to meet up with DS Andrew Geddes again. I first encountered him in the Charlie Cameron series, and if anyone deserves a series of his own, tis Andrew. On the force for more than twenty years, he loves being a policeman.
Now I have to admit to having just read In Harm’s Way for the third time, and it’s not even been published yet, (October 16, 2018), and I have enjoyed it more with each read, even though I loved it on the first read.
Family dynamics. . . families are strange things. We love to disparage one another, and yet when it comes down to the wire, who do you really want by your side? We envy one another, not that we would ever admit it, we put one another down, we purport to detest family gatherings which we claim to attend only out of ‘duty’, but we always have one another’s backs.
MacKenzie Crawford is a spoilt youngest child, the ‘surprise’ baby, now married to a man twenty years her senior who appears to worship her and who gives her everything she desires. Why then is she an alcoholic? Why is she making such ludicrous claims? Is it just attention seeking, or is there really something to it?
In Harm’s Way starts off slowly, focusing on the complicated dynamics of MacKenzie Crawford’s family of two sisters and a brother, their spouses and children. But soon it becomes apparent that there is much more going on with this family than what appears on the surface, and it becomes a full- blown thriller. By half way through, I couldn’t put this book down, even on the third read!
Mullen writes with a gritty realism and wry sense of humor that I enjoy. Having read and loved everything he has written, I am eagerly awaiting his next offering.
THE AUTHOR: Owen Mullen graduated from Strathclyde University, moved to London and worked as a rock musician, session singer and songwriter, and had a hit record in Japan with a band he refuses to name; Owen still loves to perform on occasion. His great love for travel has taken him on many adventures from the Amazon and Africa to the colourful continent of India and Nepal. A gregarious recluse, he and his wife, Christine, split their time between Glasgow, and their home away from home in the Greek Islands where the Charlie Cameron and Delaney series’, and soon to be released psychological thriller were created.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Bloodhound Books via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of In Harm’s Way by Owen Mullen for review. Thank you also to Owen Mullen for bestowing on me the honor of being one of his beta readers. It has been a wonderful journey seeing In Harm’s Way evolve into its present form.
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