If Looks Could Kill by Olivia Kiernan

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Detective Sergeant Frankie Sheehan is back, and investigating the disappearance of a Woman in a quiet village outside Dublin. Surrounded by her strong and trustworthy team including Baz and a few, not so familiar local constabulary.

A great start to this thriller; you are immersed immediately into the life of Frankie, getting on with life after a night out as a DS in Dublin, until a quiet unassuming middle aged woman goes missing. It has a fast pace, but if you have read Olivia Kiernan’s books before they are reassuringly familiar.

A woman disappears; there is a bloody crime scene but no body!  Frankie and her team, lead the way into the murky depths of Debbie Nuggents life, to endeavour to unlock what has happened to her. Circumstances are suspicious, is it murder, abduction and what motive do they have?

Many questions that need answers and then suspicion begins to fall on her daughter Margot.

I really enjoy a good detective thriller and this is just that. Not a word or page is wasted; the depth of detail in both the development of the characters and the crime is outstanding. The protagonist Frankie with her partner Baz, are likable but all consumed detectives, who live for their vocation. Questioning until they know they have found the truth. It has you sitting on the edge of your seat but at the same moment feeling empathy for a family who have lost their mother.

This is a stunning, engrossing thriller novel with many twists and turns until ultimately the dramatic but subtle conclusion. I loved every minute and I would suggest this novel is the best yet from Olivia Kiernan.

If Looks Could Kill is published by Hachette and is available here.

Olivia Kiernan

Olivia Kiernan is an Irish writer living in the UK. She was born and raised in County Meath, near the famed heritage town of Kells and holds an MA in Creative Writing awarded by the University of Sussex.

Reviewed by Amanda Brightman

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