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Book Review: When I Lost You

When I Lost You by Merilyn Davies

Page length: 400 pages

Genre: Psychological Thriller, Thriller, Police Procedural, Debut

Publication Date: 22 August 2019 (Paperback)

Publisher: Arrow

Source: ARC via NetGalley

Stars:  5 out of 5


When a young couple are the lead suspects for the murder of their only child, Crime Analyst Carla Brown and DS Nell Jackson are assigned to investigate.

The evidence seems conclusive, but something just doesn’t feel right.

The case is quickly cast into doubt when the lead forensic pathologist starts receiving threatening letters – containing details only the police should know.

Who’s sending them? What do they want? And how did they get hold of the information?

As Carla and Nell dig deeper, it soon becomes clear that this case isn’t the first of its kind.

They must stop at nothing to find the truth – even if it hits close to home.

My Review:

There are not many books to prioritise over work but this was one of them. At every opportunity I took snatched minutes and hours to devour When I Lost You.

Following the sad death of a baby, there are poison pen letters suggesting that the pathologist on the case is compromised. The story is told in two timelines. 1) Now - from the view of the police analyst Carla Brown. And 2) Then - many years earlier starting with two girls Mary and Aoife in a care home. It's unclear at the beginning how the two timelines meet, but when they do it is explosive.

A fantastic debut.

I really hope to see more of DS Nell Jackson and Crime Analyst Carla Brown.


Thank you so much the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary electronic copy in return for an honest review. 

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