Hello! Today my blog is a tour stop for Chris Collett’s book “Innocent Lies”. This is the second book of her Tom Mariner Series.
I am probably one day late to post this Yikes!!! Due to some personal matter I was unable to post on due date.
So without further ado let us begin.
Two teenagers go missing on the same day. Just a coincidence?
The two young people are from very different backgrounds: Yasmin is the talented, grammar-school-educated daughter of devout Muslim professionals. Ricky disappears after storming out of his council house after an argument with his mum’s latest boyfriend.
DI Mariner knows Ricky’s mother from his days in uniform. He is furious when his superiors take him off Ricky’s case and reassign him to the more politically sensitive investigation. The press — and his bosses — are convinced that Yasmin’s disappearance is a racially motivated abduction. The Akrams have been the target of a far right group.
But Mariner soon discovers that Yasmin is far from the innocent victim her parents think she is. Can he get to the bottom of a perplexing case where no one is what they seem?
Even as this book is a second of its series it can read as a standalone. Only connection it has from the last book is Anna Barham.
[Read review of the first book BLOG TOUR+ Review #20 :- Deadly Lies by Chris Collett]
As usual Chris Collett has written another enjoyable book. She always makes the plot winding enough with multiple characters to pose as the real perpetrator that it’s difficult to put the book down. The curiosity eggs you on.
Two teenagers, missing and dead and the connection between these two different murders; that is the key point of this novel.
The first victim Ricky Skeet lives with his mom after his father left them. A studious boy though he is missing suddenly.
Second victim Yasmin Akram comes from a well-to-do and quite liberal Islam family but in that nuclear family under father’s keen eyes and discipline she feels tired and takes a turn to rebellious. She leaves home or so everyone thinks.
Now it is the detective’s job to find out what had actually happened to them.
There are several points authoress has pointed out.
- The situation of a single mother. Ricky Skeet’s mom is a single mother and this book is written at that timeline when single motherhood is very much frowned upon. So we can guess the situation of them in an unwelcome society.
- Islamophobia after 9/11 which is still prevalent. The Akram family has to tolerate much flame from a right wing organization.
- The oppression and vulnearbility of women. Although it has been mainly portrayed out in the Akram family as the husband is the controller of the house, but we also find that in Skeet family Ricky’s good for nothing father used to beat up his wife. Still she forgave him “After all he is my kid’s father” she said.
As usual well plotted story with easygoing language which is good enough to create suspense and demanding attention of the reader.
Okay the first and foremost drawback is the snail pace in the first chapter. Although it is a good read extensive use of different sub-plots are unnecessary. The extra sub-plots do nothing but play on the emotion like Mariner’s mother’s death. It is very unfortunate but still I believe unnecessary.
And there are so many pervy characters (-_-)
But overall good read. 4stars can be granted.
Thanks to Joffe book publishers and Jill Burkinshaw for the invitation of this blog tour.
About the author
Chris Collett grew up in a Norfolk seaside town where she worked in a boarding house (now defunct) a local bakery (closed down) and a crisp factory (razed to the ground). Graduating in Liverpool, Chris has since taught children and adults with varying degrees of learning disability, including autism. She is now a university lecturer, with two grown up children, and lives in Birmingham; DI Tom Mariner’s ‘patch’. She has published short stories, teaches creative and crime writing and is a manuscript assessor for the Crime Writers Association.
The first five DI Tom Mariner books will be released in revised editions by Joffe Books in 2017/2018.
Publishers: Joffe Books
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