Sep 11, 2017

Book Review: Penhale Wood

If it's the last thing she ever does, Iris will find Sophie's Killer and make her pay.

On a cold December night in Cornwall, nanny Karen Peterson disappeared with three-year-old Sophie Flynn. The next day, the child's body was found on a riverbank in Penhale Wood.

A year later, Sophie's mother, Iris Flynn, appears on the doorstep of investigating officer Rob McIntyre, determined to make him reopen her daughter's case. McIntyre has his own personal demons, but Iris hijacks his life in order to find the woman she thinks is responsible for Sophie's death. Following the slimmest of leads, they are soon confronting ghosts from the past and a chameleon-like killer who will do anything to stay hidden.

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I really wasn't too sure about this book in the beginning.  It was rather slow and I found the main character Rob McIntyre rather whiny.  That changed however somewhere around the middle of the book.  McIntyre started to grow on me probably because he decided to focus on someone other than himself.  I think that what really kept me going was Iris.  She is an interesting character who when she sets her mind to something, she is incredibly strong.  She practically had to drag McIntyre kicking and screaming into re-investigating the murder of her daughter.  

Ms. Thomas is a good writer and every word is perfect.  I just found the pacing a bit slow which means that if I hadn't been reading this book for a review, it would have gone in that dreaded 'couldn't finish' pile.  However this book would be perfect for anyone that enjoys a slower pace especially as it has such a wonderful conclusion.  It is a great look at being a policeman in a smaller town in Britain and I am sure that some of my readers would really enjoy PENHALE WOOD.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.


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