Tuesday 8 May 2018

Review - Hell Bay by Kate Rhodes

Hell Bay by Kate Rhodes
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Release date: 3 May 2018
Back cover blurb: DI Ben Kitto needs a second chance. After ten years working for the murder squad in London, a traumatic event has left him grief-stricken. He’s tried to resign from his job, but his boss has persuaded him to take three months to reconsider. Ben plans to work in his uncle Ray’s boatyard, on the tiny Scilly island of Bryher where he was born, hoping to mend his shattered nerves. His plans go awry when the body of sixteen year old Laura Trescothick is found on the beach at Hell Bay. Her attacker must still be on the island because no ferries have sailed during a two-day storm. Everyone on the island is under suspicion. Dark secrets are about to resurface. And the murderer could strike again at any time.

Detective Inspector Ben Kitto is supposed to be taking a break from the met, a break from the murder squad; a break full stop, after the death of a colleague.

But his arrival on Bryher is almost immediately disturbed when the body of a young girl is found on the beach at Hell Bay.

Sixteen year old Laura Trescothick is missing, the whole tiny island searching for her, before her body is tragically found. Bryher is a small community where everyone knows everyone.

Ben’s return to the island is met with high expectations, he is a met police officer after all. So it seems natural that he will lead the investigation, even though he is supposed to be resting himself.

When asked if he wants the job his first instinct is to say “No”. He doesn’t want to be suspicious of any of his friends, and he doesn’t want them to suspicious of him, second guessing his every move.

Because Ben knows all of the Islands residents.

Once he knew them well, but his time away in the Met has made him a virtual stranger to most, and this allows him to say “Yes” to the job.

Ben must work quickly to work out who murdered Laura, as the island’s enforced curfew won’t last for ever and he doesn’t want to be seen as a failure. He is about to uncover some dark secrets and the murderer could strike again at any time.

Hell Bay is available via Amazon online and all good book shops

Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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