No Name Lane Howard Linskey

51lpFbBxagL._AA160_ Pub:  Michael Joseph

Young girls are being abducted and murdered in the North-East. Out of favour Detective Constable Ian Bradshaw struggles to find any leads – and fears that the only thing this investigation will unravel is himself.
Journalist Tom Carney is suspended by his London tabloid and returns to his home village in County Durham. Helen Norton is the reporter who replaced Tom on the local newspaper. Together, they are drawn into a case that will change their lives forever.
When a body is found, it’s not the latest victim but a decades-old corpse. Secrets buried for years are waiting to be found, while in the present-day an unstoppable killer continues to evade justice…

I could not wait to read No Name Lane purely for the fact that I live in Co Durham, the place that this book is based, and as Howard Linskey said in a tweet  ‘local-author’ credentials used to skip to the front of the queue.’ so I was happy to oblige.

At the start of the story Michelle goes missing, Tom Carney is called a complete prat by his boss at ‘The Paper’ and we learn that DC Ian Bradshaw has been involved in an ‘incident’ for which he is having therapy.

Girls are going missing and a corpse has been found in a field.

Tom and a reporter named Helen take up with each other to try and find out the facts of each case.

No Name Lane is a great story with the description of the North East town realistically told. The characters, while not lovable, have a charm that I liked. It was not an easily guessed tale and I was so engrossed that I stayed up half the night to finish reading.

I was sickened when the truth was revealed about Michelle, but No Name Lane is a love story and also a tale of murder and betrayal and finding the truth. It also shows that no one can be entirely trusted.

The story is not a fast paced thriller but neither does it plod. It is steady and interesting and I was happy to let the story unfold at it’s own speed.

Howard Linskey has written an exciting thriller that I have been happy to review and I will be looking out for his other titles to read.

4*/5

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