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‘Two Victims’ by Helen H. Durrant

TWO VICTIMS an absolutely gripping crime mystery with a massive twist by [DURRANT, HELEN H.]

Synopsis

A MURDERED WOMAN FOUND ON A BUILDING SITE. EXECUTED BY A SINGLE GUN SHOT. BUT WORSE IS TO COME. ANOTHER BODY IS FOUND BURIED IN THE SAME PLACE.

Detective Rachel King has two victims to deal with. The first woman was local nurse, Agnes Moore. One of the victim’s friends makes contact but then disappears.

Does Rachel have a serial killer on her hands? And what was Agnes really helping local girls with?

Will Rachel’s former lover, well-known villain Jed McAteer come back to haunt her with his connections to the victims.

Who will pay the ultimate price next?

 

My Review

I have been a fan of Helen’s work for quite a while now.  I have read and loved each and every book that she has written.  Each time she releases a book, I grab myself a copy, shut myself away and I don’t re-emerge until I have finished.  Well her most recent book is called ‘Two Victims’ and it was released on 31st July 2019.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Two Victims’ but more about that in a bit.

What can I say about Detective Chief Inspector Rachel King?  For starters, she is one hell of a kick ass detective.  Rachel is a hard working and skilful career detective.  She has a close working relationship and a genuine friendship with her work partner, who is a Detective Sergeant.    He is the only one that she has allowed into her life and that she has told some of her secrets to.  Rachel leads from the front and she does more than her fair share of the workload.  She wouldn’t ask anybody to do anything that she wouldn’t be willing to do herself.  Rachel has been in some pretty dangerous situations but she has come through okay.  Rachel King has to balance her career with her home life and one often dominates the other despite her best efforts.  She has a bit of a complicated person life.  She is the single mother to two girls, who are now grown up.  Her ex-husband lives in the house next door but they have a relatively amicable relationship and they work together for the sake of their girls.  However, that could be about to change for reasons which may become apparent as you read the book.  Rachel’s life is complicated by the fact that another ex-partner just happens to be one of the most infamous gangsters in the neighbourhood and he is also the birth father of one of her daughters.  Talk about a conflict of interests- she fights crime but she has had a child with a criminal, who certainly hasn’t mended his ways.

Oh my days, Helen has done it again and written one hell of a thrilling, unputdownable and downright brilliant read, that had me gripped and on the edge of my seat throughout.  I couldn’t get enough of the story and I refused to be parted from the book for fear of breaking the hold that the book had developed over me and for fear of missing out on some vital clue or little nugget of gossip.  The pages turned increasingly quickly as my desperation to find out how the story panned out steadily grew.  All too soon, I reached the end of the story which I was so disappointed about.  I wasn’t disappointed about how the story ended but I was disappointed in the fact that I had got to the end of the book far quicker than I had intended to.

‘Two Victims’ is superbly written but then I wouldn’t expect anything else from Helen H. Durrant.  She certainly knows how to grab your attention from the start and once she has you in her grip, she won’t let you go again until the end of the book.  That’s how I felt at any rate.  She has written the chapters in such a way that encourage you to keep reading.  You could say that she ends the chapters in a ‘duff duff’ (think the very end of an episode of EastEnders) moment and those who can’t wait for the next episode (like moi), just keep reading.  I love the character of DCI Rachel King, although I went to school with somebody of the same name and it took me a while to separate the two.  Helen writes so realistically and uses such powerful descriptions that I really did feel as though I was another member of the team and some of the team were like friends of mine.

In short, ‘Two Victims’ is another winner from Helen H. Durrant and it is sure to soar to the top of the bestsellers list which is nothing less than she deserves.  It’s’ a cracking second book in the DCI Rachel King series and I have a feeling that the series will continue to go from strength to strength.  I would definitely recommend this author and her books to other readers.  I can’t wait to read what comes next from Helen H Durrant.  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*.

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