** advanced copy received via publisher **
I’m so pleased to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for The First One To Die by Victoria Jenkins today! Many thanks to Noelle Holten and Bookouture for the opportunity!
Author : Victoria Jenkins
Title : The First One To Die
Series : Detectives King and Lane #2
Pages : 346
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : November 15, 2017
Keira North falls to her death at a party. It initially seems like an accident, but Detectives Alex King and Chloe Lane suspect foul play: they are convinced they are dealing with a murder.
When the detectives start to investigate, they soon find that all of Keira’s closest friends have secrets that someone might kill to keep.
And as Alex and Chloe are fighting their own demons and struggling to stay on top of the case, Keira’s killer is circling the group of friends, who one by one find that their lives are in danger…
Well, now! Where to start?! I was blown away by the first instalment in this series “The Girls in the Water” a few months ago, which was incredible, but this one is even better! I have no idea how Victoria Jenkins managed that but she did.
Keira North falls to her death at a party. The general consensus seems to be it was an unfortunate accident but Detective Alex King isn’t convinced. Keira’s housemates all seem to be hiding secrets and it doesn’t look like any of them can be trusted. Meanwhile Detective Chloe Lane is investigating the case of a girl who ends up in a coma after taking drugs at another party.
It is just such a humongous pleasure to see this team of fabulous, yet flawed, ladies again. A lot has changed for Chloe over the past six months, which you’ll have to discover for yourself. Alex is struggling with personal issues that for me hit a bit close too home and almost made me reach for the tissues. I absolutely love the way Victoria Jenkins is able to maintain this balance between the professional and personal lives of these detectives. It adds such a layer of realism because you do sometimes take your work home with you but you also sometimes takes your personal problems to work with you.
As for the investigation, cor! Utterly gripping with twists and turns galore, it had me glued to the pages. After one too many times of trying to figure out what was going on and failing horrendously, I gave up and let Victoria Jenkins take me on this wild ride and I enjoyed every single minute of it. Nothing is what it seems!
This is an absolutely fantastic series and The First One To Die is such a thrilling read. With a masterfully crafted plot, fabulous characters and a multi-layered, intricate investigation, I dare you not to get hooked! I can’t wait for book three!
The First One To Die is available for purchase now!
Victoria Jenkins lives with her husband in South Wales, where she writes crime fiction and teaches English. The Girls in the Water is her debut novel, the first featuring Detective Inspector Alex King and Detective Constable Chloe Lane. The second book in the series will be published in late 2017.