Today I am thrilled to be on the blog tour for I Never Left by McGarvey Black. This book was released on the 22nd of May published by Bloodhound Books.
About the Book:
My name is Quinn Roberts and I was murdered.
Quinn Roberts is dead and she wants to know how it happened. She’s angry, confused and disappointed that her life is over. Most of her friends have moved on and it seems like no one cares who was responsible. Her adult children are in shock but their mother’s death is too painful, so they do nothing.
Soon after her murder, Quinn’s husband, Alec, acquires a new wife and Quinn becomes a distant memory. Only her sister, Erin, and Detective John McQuillan continue to search for answers.
But as the case stalls, the formal investigation is moved to the Cold Case division and Quinn’s family loses hope that there will ever be an arrest.
Can Quinn get the justice she deserves? And, is discovering the truth always worth it?
What can I say about this book. Firstly what a debut! I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy that I read earlier this month, and secondly since then, I still have not been able to get this story out of my head!
I have never read anything like this before!
What makes this story great and stand out from others in this genre, is that throughout the book in parts, it is written from the perspective of Quinn Roberts after her death has taken place, which is a brilliant concept.
Set in the town of Newbridge, Quinn’s body is found after her friend Viv raises the alarm, when a week goes by without any word from her. Suffering from mental illness and having spoken to her friends about suicide before, the worst is feared when Quinn’s body is found surround by a number of pills. With no recollection as to how she died, the question that Quinn must face is, did she take her own life?
But when an autopsy is undertaken, it is revealed that Quinn didn’t die from an overdose, but was in fact murdered. Detective John McQuillan now has his work cut out for him and its not helped by the incompetence of a police officer who’s laziness left a contaminated crime scene with little clues as to who could be responsible.
As Quinn’s family move on with their lives, (some a lot quicker than you would think after the death of a loved one!) the murder investigation comes to a stalemate and eventually becomes a cold case.
For Detective John McQuillan and Quinn’s sister Erin though, there is no other option but to keep the investigation going, when other’s have given up and they are relentless in making sure that Quinn’s murder is solved no matter how long it takes. For both, it is for justice, but for Erin it is also for the love of a sister and the need for the family to have closure and move on as best as they can and more importantly for Quinn to finally be at peace.
Do I recommend this book:
Hell yes!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Character wise I had different emotions for each of them as to be expected. Any one of them could have been responsible. For me the ones who stood out the most was Alec, Quinn’s overbearing and egotistical husband who would belittle her at any chance he got and who I absolutely detested. Her son Jack who at times frustrated me to no end with his lack of empathy towards his mother’s struggles, and Quinn’s landlady’s son Ronny, who was just way too creepy for my liking. So called friends were also a disappointment and instead of helping Quinn who was clearly reaching out for help decided to turn the other way and for some, felt relief in her passing.
For the story, I was gripped right from the beginning. I was taken on an emotional rollercoaster as I gained more insight into Quinn’s life and her struggles. I felt her pain, as well as the pain and emotional stress of her mother and father, sisters and brother in law, then I was lead to a fist pumping satisfying ending with a big smile on my face!
I was so caught up in this book that I read this in one sitting. McGarvey is a fantastic storyteller and still can’t believe this is her debut! It has it all to make this an intriguing and brillant psychological suspense.
Thanks to Bloodhound Books for a spot on this blog tour and allowing me to read an advance copy of I Never Left.
All opinions are my own and are not biased in any way
About the Author:
McGarvey Black, a theatre major in college spent many years in the New York advertising sales business. She sold print and digital advertising and managed sales teams for companies like Conde Nast and WebMD.
Ten years ago, she left media to become an executive recruiter for large and small internet companies. No matter how she earned a living, she always wrote…for her, for her friends and family.
Two years ago, she left recruiting to pursue a full-time career writing. I Never Left is her debut novel, she’s written two others and is working simultaneously on the fourth and fifth. Writing has caused her some sleep deprivation as she sometimes wakes in the middle of the night with an idea and must get to her keyboard.
She usually writes mystery/thrillers, but occasionally likes to veer off to her other passion — rom-coms. She believes in a ton of prep. If she does her writing work upfront and develops her characters fully, they kind of write themselves. You must always know what each character ultimately wants —that drives the story.
To keep up to date with McGarvey’s work you can follow her on her blog and Twitter.
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