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Friday, 23 September 2016

Girl In Danger by Leigh Russell

Girl In Danger

‘Girl In Danger’ is the second outing for Lucy Hall, and this time finds her based in Paris and trying to make her way as a journalist.

This is what the book blurb has to say …

Lucy Hall’s first summer in Paris promises to be idyllic. She’s fallen in love with the city and enjoys her new job as an investigative reporter. When her friend Nina comes to stay, the girls look forward to a wonderful summer. But Paris is a city of contrasts and Lucy is about to experience its dangerous side.

When an anonymous source promises her a scoop, Lucy can’t resist the chance to make her name. The deeply unsettling meeting with her informant indicates that there may be more at stake than she’d suspected. Returning home with questions instead of answers, Lucy finds her apartment ransacked and Nina gone.

Lucy knows her friend is in danger, but the police are unwilling to help. When her informant is found dead, she realises she may be next. Lucy has something the killer wants and he’ll do anything to get it back…

One of the things I’m really enjoying about the Lucy Hall series is the way that each one is set in a very different location. In the first book, ‘Journey To Death’ we found ourselves in the exotic surroundings of the Seychelles. This time we are much closer to home in Paris, and I found the setting was very deftly recreated. I haven’t been to Paris for many years, but I really felt as I read that I could picture where Lucy was and see it all very clearly in my mind’s eye.

In this adventure Lucy finds herself trying to get to the bottom of the mystery of what has happened to Nina alongside a local Private Detective. The mysterious Alain turns out to be the perfect partner for Lucy. His hardbitten attitude, born of long experience of crime and corruption, acts as a perfect foil to the sometimes slightly naïve and impulsive Lucy.

As they work together, both Lucy and the reader wonder if Alain can be trusted. As events unfold it turns out that certainly no one else can be!

All in all, a very gripping crime story that takes both the reader and Lucy to some very dark places. Some of the descriptions of the crimes committed are not for the fainthearted, but are necessary to indicate the level of jeopardy Lucy and Nina find themselves in and the urgency of their dilemma.

I’m looking forward to seeing where Lucy ends up next, and I hope this series will run and run.

Thanks very much to the author for a review copy of this book via Netgalley.

'Girl In Danger' is out on Kindle on 27th September and available for pre-order now. You can find out more here

1 comment:

Gordon Brice said...

I very much enjoyed reading this review, which made the reader wish that Sept 27 would hurry along even quicker. Leigh Russell always provides good entertainment with her wonderful books and this review certainly backs that up. A very positive review indeed.