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Critical Incidents (Robin Lyons, #1) by Lucie Whitehouse.

Robin Lyons lost her job as a detective inspector in the Met after releasing a murder suspect against her superior's wishes, convinced of his innocence. With the intention to appeal the dismissal, she needs to find a different way to support herself and her teenage daughter, Lennie. She's heading back to Birmingham to live with her parents and work for Maggie, a family friend who used to be a police officer and now investigates insurance and benefit fraud, among other things.

The initial case that Robin becomes a part of involves a young woman who has gone missing, and her desperate mother is unable to get the local police to treat the situation as a serious matter. However, a crime occurs much closer to home when Robin's best friend Corinna is killed, and her husband Josh becomes missing. Wondering about a possible connection to the past, Robin conducts a bit of investigation into Corinna's death as well.

The lack of development in minor characters makes it hard to recall their role in the story. Nonetheless, the major characters, particularly Robin and her parents, are remarkably well developed. Robin's personality makes it hard to like her; she's opinionated, somewhat selfish, and always thinks she knows best. Remember, this is just the start of a series, and it's quite clear that Robin is on a journey of self-discovery, thanks to the obstacles she has faced lately.

Roll on book 2!!

Many thanks to @LWhitehouse5 @4thEstateBooks & @Tr4cyF3nt0n for the chance to read it.


About the Author

Lucie Whitehouse is a British author. Her first novel, THE HOUSE AT MIDNIGHT, was published in the UK in 2008 and translated into five languages. Her second novel, THE BED I MADE, was published in 2010 and chosen for Channel 4's TV Book Club Summer Read. It was translated into German, Dutch and Spanish.

Her third novel, BEFORE WE MET, was published in the UK, Australia, the US and Canada in early 2014 and is a WHSmith/Richard and Judy Book Club selection, and You Magazine Reading Group Book of the Month for May.

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