Today Ellen is taking part in the blog tour for This Dark Place by Claire Kittridge and I’ll be sharing her review with you all a little further down! First though, the all-important bookish information 🙂
About the author:
Claire Kittridge grew up in Brooklyn, NY watching The X-files, Law and Order, and a worn-out VHS tape of Sweeney Todd that she found in the basement. Long a lover of atmospheric landscape, rolling hills, and rainy days, Claire fell in love with England and its great fictional detectives while traveling around Britain as a teenager.
An avid reader, triathlete, and boxing fan, Claire lives in New York City with her cat, Chairman Meow. She is currently at work on the second Kelly Moore novel.
Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/clairekittridge
About the book:
Priscilla Ames is the daughter of a Wall Street hedge fund manager that has made millions in the stock market. She’s reckless, impulsive, always wanting to be the center of attention, but one thing has been constant – her friendship with Avery Moss. They are like sisters that share adventures and look out for each other in times of need.
Avery Moss comes from a working-class family in Brooklyn. She met Priscilla as an 8 year-old at an elite NYC private school where Avery was on a one-year scholarship. They became friends on the first day of school when Avery beat up a boy that was teasing Priscilla. When Avery’s scholarship was discontinued, Priscilla’s father, Peter Ames, stepped in and has supported her schooling ever since, including sending the girls to a prestigious acting college in London
NYPD Detective Kelly Moore is a member of the elite Queens Violent Felony Squad. She is smart and strong and direct. Years ago, her older sister disappeared while traveling in England and the case was never solved, haunting all of her investigations. Moore’s greatest strength and her greatest weakness are two sides of the same coin: when she’s on her game, she works from the inside out, acting on hunches and then backing them up with evidence – but under duress, she acts rashly, leaping before she looks.
When Priscilla’s body is found by Avery in a posh London flat and her death is splashed across headlines worldwide, Kelly Moore flies across the Atlantic to join a crack team of British investigators working on the case.
Together with the London Metropolitan Police, Kelly must track down a twisted serial killer who seems to know her every move and her darkest secrets. As the body count rises, and panic spreads, the killer threatens to make Kelly the next victim.
In a heart-racing game of cat and mouse, Kelly must outwit this elusive master of surveillance – who might be the last person she suspects.
This Dark Place is Claire Kittridge’s debut novel and a promising start to a new detective series. Kelly Moore is the NYPD detective tasked with finding the killer of American theatre student Priscilla Ames. Kelly teams up with the London Metropolitan Police to help them crack the case and solve the mystery. Priscilla’s death is not the last and as the body count rises, Kelly herself is in danger as her every move is closely monitored by the killer.
The main suspect in the case is Pricilla’s best friend Avery – she was the one that discovered the body and it later transpires that her prints are on the murder weapon. Nothing is as straight forward as it seems and Pricilla’s father is a wealthy businessman determined to prove Avery’s innocence, it is him who makes sure Kelly is put on the team. Not everyone in the London Met is happy with this and make their feelings clear. As well as antagonism from some of her new colleagues Kelly has to deal with the fact that there appears to be a leak in the department and the newspapers seem to have access to information they have no right to.
A thrilling read with plenty of twists and turns. I liked Kelly Moore as a character and am intrigued as to what might happen in future novels. It was great to see London through her eyes and the differences to how she is used to working in the NYPD. All in all a great book with fantastic character development and a fast paced plot!
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