Detective Inspector Tom Mariner goes to the beautiful Welsh countryside to recover. But he finds himself caught up in a murder investigation . . . and he’s the prime suspect.
Grieving the death of his former lover, all Mariner wants is some peace and quiet. But his walking holiday is ruined by the discovery of a body in the woods.
The remote stone farmhouses of this beautiful valley hide many buried secrets.
As more bodies are discovered, can Mariner clear his name and avoid becoming the next victim?
I have been a fan of Chris Collett for quite a while now and I just love the Tom Mariner series. As soon as each book comes out, I make sure that I get a copy as soon as I can and I dive in straight away. When I heard that she was due to release ‘Buried Lies’ I made sure that I cleared my reading diary (not as glamourous as it sounds) and read it as soon as I could. Well all I can say is blooming nora what a fantastic book this is. I absolutely loved it but more about that in a bit.
I have to admit that I have developed something of a soft spot for DI Tom Mariner. ‘Buried Lies’ finds my hero going through a tougher time than in previous books. He is grieving the loss of his one time partner but being a typical man, he has closed his emotions down and is maintaining the British ‘stiff upper lip’ mentality. His colleagues are understandably concerned about him and want to do what they can to help him, without crowding him too much. Although Mariner is one tough cookie and a bit of a hard nut, I so wanted to jump inside the pages of the book to give him a hug and stick up for him. Following the funeral, Mariner decides to go walking, which will give him a chance to work through his grief privately. Mariner is a private person and he doesn’t like being the centre of attention. Whilst he is on his walking holiday he comes across a body in the woods and Mariner soon becomes the chief suspect. Can Mariner clear his name? Who really is the killer and what is his motive? I so wanted to jump inside the page to lead the campaign to clear his name. As to whether or not he does manage to clear his name, well you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out as I am not going to tell you.
Chris Collett has done it again. ‘Buried Lies’ is brilliantly written and I was gripped by the story from the moment I picked up the book to the moment I put it down having finished reading it. The story certainly starts with a bang and hits the ground running. It’s fair to say that it maintains the quick pace throughout the course of the book. I was hooked on ‘Buried Lies’ from the moment I read the synopsis, never mind from when I started to read. I managed to binge read this book in a few hours. I was ‘into’ the story that I just had to keep reading. I was so focussed on the book that I didn’t realise how quickly the pages were turning. Before I knew it, I had finished reading ‘Buried Lies’ which I had mixed feelings about. Don’t get me wrong, I was pleased to finish reading the book because at least I knew how this instalment of the Mariner series finished but I was disappointed to finish the book because I was enjoying the characters, the storyline and the author’s writing style so much that I just wanted the book to continue on and on. Reading ‘Buried Lies’ is much like being on a rather scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride, with twists and turns aplenty. There were moments where I almost had to read through my hands because I feared what was going to happen next. It was almost as if I could sense what was going to happen but there was nothing I could do about it or to prevent it.
In short, I absolutely, totally, utterly and 100% loved ‘Buried Lies’. I would definitely recommend this author and her books to other readers. I can’t wait to read the next instalment of the DI Tom Mariner series. Here’s hoping that we don’t have too long to wait. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*. I just wish I could have awarded it more stars because I enjoyed it so, so much.