Today I am taking part in the books on tour and sharing my review for The Next Widow by C.J. Lyons. This was released on the 28th of July published by Bookouture.
The Next Widow by C.J. Lyons
Release Date: 28th of July 2020
Print Length: 423 pages
Genre: Crime Thriller
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In the distance Leah heard sirens. She ignored them. Right now, her daughter needed her and Emily was just out of reach, curled up under the bed, her eyes closed, desperately shaking. Leah did the only thing any mother would do. She crawled through the blood to get to her daughter.
Dr Leah Wright returned to her childhood home in rural Pennsylvania with her husband to find peace and quiet, start afresh and raise her six-year-old daughter Emily. But when she gets home one dark winter night, clutching roses in her hand, she finds her daughter huddled under her bed and her husband’s blood all over the floor…
When Detective Luka Jericho is called to investigate, he’s shocked to learn that the killer left a witness behind – the victim’s young daughter. The scene is a painful reminder of his fiancé’s unsolved death, and he is desperate to find out what Emily saw that night. He knows that the killer could still be out there, waiting to strike again.
But growing up, Leah learned the hard way that the only person she could rely on was herself. And it’s not until she and Emily are attacked again that she realizes just how close the killer is. Can she trust Luka to keep her daughter safe?
Fans of Karin Slaughter, Kendra Elliot and Tess Gerritsen will devour this fast-paced and chilling new crime series from New York Times bestselling author CJ Lyons. You won’t be able to put this book down.
Oh my goodness, what a brilliant start to a new series! Everything about this book just epitomises why I love the crime thriller genre so much! It is a fast paced, intense read, that is filled with so much tension and suspense and I could not get enough of it! It really is an outstanding piece of work that will consume you.
The Next Widow is a tale that will have you completely hooked right off the bat. The opening is the stuff that nightmares are made of, definitely not for the faint hearted and it really does set up the tone for the rest of the story. I am applying my less is more for this review in discussing the plot, as it is best just going in with what the blurb reveals.
The characters that have been put together are first class and really make the story pop! Leah was someone I was able to completely empathise with and I was rooting for her throughout. I also really enjoyed Luka’s character (Love the name!). I found both to be an odd coupling, but I look forward to seeing how they work together in the next instalment.
This is the first book out of an extensive back catalogue of C.J’s that I have read and I throughly enjoyed everything that she brought to the story. I was really impressed by her and she is an asset to the genre. She has set the bar high with this first instalment and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us with the next book.
The Next Widow is a gripping crime thriller that will have you on the edge of you seat, but make sure you hang on as there are plenty of twists and turns that will have your head spinning in the lead up to its satisfying conclusion. It was a pleasure to read and review The Next Widow which I highly recommend.
Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and C.J. Lyons for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Next Widow which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know C.J
As a pediatric ER doctor, New York Times and USA Today Bestseller CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart.
CJ has been called a “master within the genre” (Pittsburgh Magazine) and her work has been praised as “breathtakingly fast-paced” and “riveting” (Publishers Weekly) with “characters with beating hearts and three dimensions” (Newsday).
Learn more about CJ’s Thrillers with Heart at www.CJLyons.net and follow her on these social media accounts.
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