Fatal Act (Anglais) Broché – 29 mai 2014
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At first I was completely caught up in the story and it all felt like we were back in the middle of an exciting case. Sadly, a few more chapters in, and it kind of felt like it came to a bit of a standstill. I am most definitely a fan of this series but felt like this book was a little bit safe and it seemed we were veering into familiar territory. There was quite a bit of detail while the officers involved followed the case and we certainly see Geraldine interact with her new colleagues including Nick and Sam. We also see a brief appearance if Ian Peterson, and if I’m honest it felt like Geraldine and him just ‘worked’ and as soon as we went back to present day I found myself feeling uncomfortable again.
I think this latest story (although not a bad read) was a little too predictable and certainly laying too much on the safe side. The series having now split Geraldine and Ian Peterson leaves me still undecided about how well it works. I really enjoyed the last Geraldine Steel book (which didn’t include Ian Peterson, but this one just didn’t sit well with me. I feel like the characters are still finding their feet and I’m hoping that the next instalment feels more right than this one. I am most definitely a fan of these books and think that Leigh Russell is a talented writer. Whether or not the split in the series was a good move or not? I’m still undecided. I can only hope that the next books in the respective series put me right.
When a TV soap star is killed in a car crash it seems like an accident at first but it then becomes clear that she was murdered. Her older lover is the main suspect, especially when another young actress who was known to him is also murdered.
For Geraldine work gave her life meaning and purpose and she has to juggle her personal life with her professional life to uncover how the killer managed to disappear from the crime scenes like the invisible man (or woman).
The storyline was well paced without being too exciting, it had a steady feel to it, a page turner nearing the end, strong characters and a good mystery all add up to an above average thriller.
To cool off, She decides to go for a long drive.
The streets are quite dark and lonely.
Someone is out there, watching. Waiting for just the perfect opportunity.
Anna ends up on an even darker and more lonely road.
WHAM!! Anna doesn't see the other car till it's too late.
She doesn't die right away...
A taxi driver is the one who finds the scene.
By this time, Anna is dead.
He phones the police.
The police discover that Anna was the lead star of the soap opera TV show Down and Out.
The police check security cameras in the area.
Hmmm, The driver doesn't show up on the cameras.
He/she seems to have vanished.
They also discover that the other vehicle involved in the crash belongs to Anna's boyfriend.
Everything is all very mysterious, but evidence clearly points to the boyfriend.
Her boyfriend is the famous director Piers Trevelyan.
Piers is in his 60's but he's had loads of young girlfriends in his lifetime.
Just like Anna. Young and hoping for fame.
Piers has been married and divorced three times.
One of his wives died in a drowning incident.
He has one son, Zak.
Nineteen year old Zak is around the same age as Anna.
Zak also has access to the van.
Another body is found.
Bethany Marsden was strangled with her own necklace.
The police are pretty sure it's the same killer:
Bethany and Anna were both starlets.
They even studied at the same acting school.
They both knew Piers.
Security cameras are checked.
The killer seems to be quite tall, at least 6 foot.
Appears to be a woman in a dark hooded sweatshirt and long blonde hair.
Bodies are piling up.
How many more will die?
Who will be next?
I can honestly say I was blown away by this British mystery.
I loved the author's writing style.
I will be reading more from this author.
This is book 6 but could also work as a stand alone.