‘The Wrong Woman’ by Helen H. Durrant


Detectives Harry Lennox and Jess Wilde have never seen anything like it. The dead woman is dressed up like a Victorian doll. She’s wearing a long, white dress, a bloodstained blonde wig, and a mask with red, cupid-bow lips.

Beneath the mask, her face is beaten so badly it’s unrecognisable.

DNA identifies the victim as Lori Lansing, who was kidnapped three weeks ago. Her wealthy husband paid half a million pounds to secure her release — but he never saw his wife again.

Then another young woman is reported missing.

Could Harry and Jess be hunting a serial killer?

Meanwhile Harry’s past might finally be catching up with him. And Jess’s new man seems just too good to be true.

My Review

I have been a fan of Helen’s work for a few years now. By no means have I caught up withe everything that she has written to date but that is something that I hope to rectify in the not too distant future. I must admit that I have a particular fondness for Helen’s new series which features Detectives Lennox and Wilde. I loved the first two books in the series and I couldn’t wait for another. Well ladies and gents the wait is over because the third book in the series is called ‘The Wrong Woman’ and it was released on 18th February 2023. It’s another cracking addition to what is proving to be a superb series. I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘The Wrong Woman’ but more about that in a bit.

As with all of Helen’s work, I was drawn to this book by the synopsis alone and by the fact that I saw Helen’s name on a book that I knew I hadn’t read. As soon as I started reading, I knew that I was reading something special and that I wouldn’t be doing anything other than reading for the rest of the day. I picked the book up and didn’t put it down again. My Kindle wasn’t exactly glued to my hand but it might as well have been because it travelled everywhere with me. I couldn’t bear to miss a single second of the story. Part of the reason why I enjoyed this book so much has to do with the detective pairing of Lennox and Wilde. The story intrigued me and after having developed my own theories as to what was going to happen, I had to keep reading to see if the story was going to pan out in the way that I expected it would. All too quickly I reached the end of ‘The Wrong Woman’ and I had to say goodbye to Detectives Lennox and Wilde and to the rest of the team. I found ‘The Wrong Woman’ to be a gripping, tense and dramatic read, which certainly kept me guessing and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.

‘The Wrong Woman’ is superbly written but then I have come to expect nothing less from Helen H. Durrant. Helen has an easy going writing style that is easy to get used to and easy to get along with. Helen certainly knows how to grab the reader’s attention and draw them into what proves to be one hell of a story. For me, the story hit the ground running and maintained a fairly fast pace throughout. Helen clearly cares about her characters and this shines through in the very vivid and realistic way in which she describes them. She makes her characters seem just as real as you and I. I love the way in which Helen makes the reader feel as though they are part of the story and at the heart of the action. That’s how I felt anyway.

In short and overall I thoroughly enjoyed every single second of ‘The Wrong Woman’ and I would have no hesitation in recommending this book to other readers. I will definitely be reading more of Helen’s work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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