Welcome to the final stop on The Lies Within blog tour, where I will be sharing my review of the third book in the Will Jackman Series.
Be under no illusions by her kind face and eloquent manner… This woman is guilty of murder.
Grace Daniels is distraught after her daughter’s body is found in a Leicestershire country lane. With her family falling apart and the investigation going nowhere, Grace’s only solace is the re-emergence of Faye, an old friend who seems to understand her loss.
DI Will Jackman delves into the case, until a family tragedy and a figure from his past threaten to derail him.
When the police discover another victim, the spotlight falls on Grace. Can Jackman find the killer, before she is convicted of a crime she didn’t commit?
The Lies Within is my favourite book in this series so far! Before I talk in detail about this particular book, I would like to mention the consistency Isaac has shown throughout this series. Each book is of a steady pace, more mystery than thriller, the content is never too graphic, with a strong focus on the police proceedings – so if you’ve enjoyed any of the books in this series, it’s likely you’ll enjoy them all. You become familiar with the characters, there’s no one [flawed] character that carries the entire series, no one sub plot that dominates the others – it’s a solid crime mystery/police procedural series.
Why is The Lies Within my favourite of the series? Because this book gave us a little bit more than the previous two – not only did Isaac deliver the police investigation side of things but also elements of courtroom/trial proceedings. The two strands worked together really well, as often books end with the capturing of the perpetrator but here we got to see the aftermath too, which happened to be my favourite part of the book. The trial is not laden with legal jargon, so don’t be put off if legal thrillers don’t appeal to you, it was just nice to see something different other than the convention pattern police procedurals usually follow. I also liked the fact that this novel has a big focus on the how the death of Grace’s daughter affected the family and how they coped in the aftermath of this tragedy – giving this novel a little psychological element too.
While we do get a snippet of Will Jackman’s personal life, it isn’t the focus, meaning this book, more than others, can be read as a standalone but I’d always recommend starting with book one so you have a full understanding of the characters that appear in each book. However, Jackman’s personal life remaining in the background makes this the perfect choice for readers who enjoy reading/solving a mystery and have no need for a deep insight into the main protagonist.
I can probably count on one hand the amount of times I’ve successfully guessed the mystery, and this was one of those times, I still enjoyed watching it play out [to ensure I was correct] but it did make the plot move a tad slow for me in the middle as I was awaiting the fall out of what I already predicted.
I like the realism Isaac portrayed in the plot, nothing is over-dramatic, there’s no forced attempts to shock the reader; The Lies within isn’t too complex, a quick read for those who enjoy a plot-driven mystery.
*My thanks to Legend Press for providing me with a digital copy of this book*
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