Lucy Ashdown Is A Girl With A Mission To Find The Driver Who Ran Down And Killed Her Sister Christine Now She Has A Lead And She S Off To London Joe Lucas Is As Dedicated As Lucy His Aim Is To Bring Her Home In The Dangerous Night World Of The West End, Violence And Corruption Lurk Just Below The Neon Lit Surface With Joe No Than A Heart S Beat Behind Her, Lucy Steps Eerily Into Her Dead Sister S Life, And A Race Against Time Taken From Back Cover Like Down River this novel is a taut little thriller that introduces characters that have you rooting for them even as their actions begin to horrify you Its tale of a girl out to find the killer of her elder sister grips and doesn t let go, and Gallagher s cast of characters is all too human and fallible, flawed people doing horrible things, not supernatural beings, but possessed at times by almost supernatural luck good, and bad. Here is a reasonable mystery thriller, but with sharp and perceptive writing and wit that is evident in the first few chapters, that for me was even impressive than the story itself Gallagher gets you to come on a journey with Lucy Ashdown as she takes on the physical looks of her sister Christine who died in a suspicious hit and run incident No one was found to blame, the cops can t find anything to latch onto, but Lucy s dodged determination to try to find why and who was responsible, puts her in obvious peril While in London the city in which her sister worked and lived, she sets to work on how she earned her wages, where she worked, who she may have come into contact with Lucy is also pursued by Joe, a detective with orders to bring her back home to her father, but it s Joe who is even persistent with catching her than even her own father As Lucy starts to work at the very venue her sister worked at, she gets to know her fellow colleague s, and the unsavory life her sister earned her living And a mysterious black address book that the manager hides, with the potential of containing a contact that had known about her sister s demise, while at the same time the book and it s contacts could bring down the business on which survives if it were to fall in to the hands of the law, making a major obstacle for Lucy to achieve her objective What I like about the book is the pace of the story, and how there are small cliffhangers at the end of most chapters It s the brisk lively wording that strangely brings life to this well worn story Nothing screams big and bold, but instead in an enthusiastic voice, the author ushers you from chapter to chapter effortlessly, to the conclusion While there is nothing of earth shattering brilliance there is plenty to keep your attention, making this a worthy read. There are undeniably some good points about Rain, from the initial introduction of the characters, to the grittiness of the story However, by the time I was approaching the end of this book only one word springs to mind bored.The real question here is why For the most part the writing is good, the characters are good, and the pacing fits Unfortunately, from around the 75% mark things begin to take a turn for the worst After 90% I was skim reading, eager to finish the book and move on to something else.For me at least, the downwards spiral of a specific character seemed rather forced, several plot elements ask the reader to suspend their disbelief, and there was little satisfaction in the ending The biggest problem isn t even the largest thing Gallagher asks us to believe, but the smaller elements of the story little points which stick out and make you ask would that really be the case Still at around 300 pages Rain won t take overly long to read.
Stoker and World Fantasy Award nominee, winner of British Fantasy and International Horror Guild Awards for his short fiction, Stephen Gallagher has a career both as a novelist and as a creator of primetime miniseries and episodic television His fifteen novels include Chimera, Oktober, Valley of Lights and Nightmare, with Angel He s the creator of Sebastian Becker, Special Investigator to the Lo
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- 12 July 2019 Stephen Gallagher