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In Harm's Way

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I would recommend this story to all thriller lovers .This book took me by surprise. It kept me interested throughout the story and I needed to see what was going to happen. I truly enjoyed the pacing of the story and the well written characters.
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I've had this book for years, I still haven't, unfortunately, got to it, so this is a placeholder review to reduce my shelf for my own sanity, but will replace this if I ever get to the book
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The tale focuses on Mackenzie Crawford, she’s on a bit of a downward spiral and when she starts telling tales about someone stalking her people just don’t believe her. She’s a bit of a wild one at times and it hard for family to look beyond their opinions and see the truth that’s right in front of them.

Mackenzie’s family will soon regret not paying more attention when one night she doesn’t return home. With recent events including a family bust up it takes a while for anyone to really suspect fowl play..they are just blinded by preconceptions they just won’t take on board the chance she’s in danger.

There’s a ton of twists in the tale to keep you gripped. You see things from multiple points of view and you question your own views on the events as things start to fall in place..when they do though..wow.. I’ll not lie I had an inkling that proved to be right but the way the author plays events out really had me hooked and to be quite honest until the picture became clear the author could have thrown another twist in there..you just never knew what to expect.

It’s a dark tale that really makes you think..it really shows the damage rifts with family can cause.. as much as you dislike some of the family you can see their thought processes..and how easy it is to have a clouded point of view.

A dark, gritty and suspenseful thriller that tickles the taste buds to the max and another cracking read from Owen Mullen! Keep up the good work
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This book had so many twists and turns, you didn't know what to expect next! Combine that with an old house, with all the past ghosts that is residing there.... Highly recommended. 
TB
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This is a gripping and riveting domestic thriller, which grabbed me from the very beginning. I started reading it while I was in a cafe and absolutely raced through it while I was there. An hour or so later, I was around 40% in and hooked. There was a slight lull at one point and I wasn't sure where it was going to go at that point but it soon threw a curveball and the action started again. Well written and great characterisation, with good tension. Owen Mullen is a new author to me but one for my must read list in the future!
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This book was excellent, I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish and it is definitely a book I would recommend!!

I loved the plot in this book, it was very well planned out and I was hooked right from the first few pages. I have read quite a few of this author’s books and he has a great writing style and that was evident in this book, he is certainly well suited to this genre.

The characters were well developed and worked really well together. It is five stars from me for this one, very highly recommended and another excellent read from Owen Mullen!!
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Thankyou to NetGalley, Bloodhound Books and the author, Owen Mullen for the the opportunity to read a digital copy of In Harm's Way in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion .
I thought this book provided a good, quick read.  The storyline was well written and thoroughly intriguing. 
Well worth a read.
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Athmosphärisch dicht, gelungene story und gut gezeichnete Charaktere machen dieses Buch zu einem großen Lesevergnügen.

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A slow starter, it took me a little while to get into the story. Then the characters and the plot pulled me into the complicated family relationships. The plot has a few twists and the ending is a twisted bit will left me gasping. A good solid read.
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This was a good story, not quite what I expected but still a good novel.  Would recommend to others.
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It draws you in from the beginning and doesn't let go until the end. Mackenzie is an alcoholic and lives with her husband Derek but it's not the ideal marriage. Other characters are Mckenzie's brother and sisters who I really enjoyed reading about. One day Mackenzie goes missing and everyone thinks she's run off with another man ...... that couldn't be further from the truth. 

A brilliant story that kept me on my toes, that's for sure. Must read in my opinion.
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Oh wow! Owen Mullen has written a dark and disturbing thriller set in Glasgow. This book has an excellent plot and is well written, although the lead character, Mackenzie, was extremely irritating. This will appeal to lovers of psychological thrillers and I would recommend it. The best so far by the author. My thanks to Net Galley for my copy. reviews on Goodreads, Amazon and Facebook.
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This novel takes a new direction from previous books from Owen Mullen as it centres round a family rather than a P.I. with the police taking a bit of a back seat on this one. A daring risk but one that definitely pays off.
The opening scene is one that really stirs up those wicked thoughts that you keep buried away. Here was a man seeking out a very specific dwelling and all I could think was I never want to be an estate agent! House 1, no good. House 2, no good. But house 3, well that stirred up some interest. derelict, out on its own and with a dark, dark cellar. Perfect!
As the reader you are privy to what is really happening because the story is told through various characters, the most harrowing is that of missing MacKenzie Crawford. MacKenzie is the alcoholic younger wife of self-made wealthy businessman Derek Crawford. She is a real drama queen that even her own siblings knew only too well, so when she announced she was being followed, no-one believed her. When she announced she was having an affair no-one was surprised. When she disappeared everyone thought she had run off with her lover. But far from it!
This is one of Owen Mullen’s darker book as some of the descriptions are quite harrowing to say the least. Who ever it was that had MacKenzie was very brutal. I really liked the flow of the story from the beginning, with a bunch of characters that were at first hard to like. As the story progresses my views on them all changed continually through the chapters, as there were a couple of red herrings with surprising outcomes in their own right. The police involvement is pretty minimal which gave one of the characters time to shine in the story. The pace really picks up on a bit of a big dipper ending. Nice touch!
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This is an excellent Tartan Noir with a difference. Rather than being from the point of view of the police, the crime is investigated mainly by the victim’s family, with a bit of help from DI Andrew Geddes.
Mackenzie has marital and drinking problems which leads most of her family to be unsympathetic to her problems as she is not very likeable, and has a reputation for being a bit of ‘a drama queen’. Which is why when she goes missing for a couple of days her husband and family do not file a missing person report with the police.
Once DI Geddes begins to takes the matter seriously, so does her family and so starts their worries and struggle to find out what has happened to their wife and sister.
A brilliant book full of twists and turns. Highly recommend.
Thanks to NetGalley for a Kindle copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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This was one nail-biting read! I have read several of this author's books before and they never disappoint :)

Mackenzie Crawford is married to the much older Derek Crawford, a self-made man who gives Mackenzie everything she wants....except the freedom to choose. Her sister thinks she is really lucky that Derek puts up with her, because Mackenzie drinks too much, but her brother isn't convinced. When Mackenzie goes missing, who in her life is actually concerned about this fact?

Such an interesting, twisty, turny story this was! Some parts of this book were harrowing, to say the least, and I was on the edge of my seat many times. Even though Mackenzie wasn't the most likeable of people in the beginning of the book, my sympathy for her increased as I went along and by the end of it I was cheering her on and hoping that everything would work out for her. 

4.5 stars from me.

Thank you to NetGalley and Bloodhound Books.
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Mackenzie is a drunk
She makes things up for effect
Like the fact she has a lover
But she is also being followed
No one believes her
Including her husband
Why would he? 
When she sees her stalker in the street and he waves, she is again drunk, and her husband presumes its her lover
Mackenzie says shes leaving 
For good
She goes.......
But not of her own accord

And so begins this intriguing tale of stalkers, deceit, families at war, marriages that arent as they seem, neurosis and a living hell for Mackenzie
She is chained to a bed, held captive
Her husband and family think she has left with a lover
Until her brother reports her missing 
The truth, when it is discovered, is horrific....and unbelievable
A well paced thriller and ‘shocker’ that had me hooked, lined and sinkered!
The characters are believable and at times repugnant, but as say believable, the story flows well and I loved the non boring descriptions of Glasgow and surrounding areas ( it takes a lot to add area descriptions that are appealing to someone who has never been to the area )
A solid, well thought out, scary, dark and menacing book...loved it
10/10 5 stars
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Wow, this was so fast paced that I could actually feel the G forces as I sped through the story. My heart broke for Mackenzie, she was so completely misunderstood. Her role in the family seemed to be the whipping post for all that was wrong in their own lives. Until they had the facts. My goodness, wouldn't we all love to have a brother like Gavin? Swooping in and saving the day. It was very clever writing to have Gavin thinking more logically as his home life circumstances improved. Or did his home life circumstances improve because he was thinking more logically? Either way, it is credit to the brilliant writing from Owen Mullen that Gavin got to be a hero. I thought In Harm's Way was an fabulous read, fast, full of action, believable characters and dialogue and a satisfactory ending. I loved it, as I love everything Mr Mullen writes. Once again he's created a great story that I am happy award a fulsome 5 stars. Buy In Harm's Way as soon as possible. You can thank me later!
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Oh Wow. Okay… So I have read previous books by Owen and all were great so I expected nothing less with this one. It was brilliant! Wow…

The beginning will have the reader intrigued and wanting to know what? Why? At the start I really felt angry towards Mackenzies character, especially as I felt it was her own fault, she’s an alcoholic and she was pushing her family away telling lies. An attention seeker?

But then things change… Noone believed her. She had noone or that’s what she thought. It was nice to see her family come together again even if it wasn’t under the best circumstances. Just when you think it’s all over case solved… IT ISN’T! BOOM.

This book must have one of the best, most unexpected outcomes ever. I never would have guessed it, honestly didn’t see it at all. Will keep you hooked till the very last page. Will Mackenzie get a happy ending? This story teaches you to be careful who you trust, including family. I honestly loved this so I gave it a well deserved four stars. Highly recommend! Devoured it in two days.

I look forward to more books by Owen in the future!
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In Harms Way by author Owen Mullen is a great book! The characters developed well and the plot is thick. I would recommend this book. 
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of In Harms Way in exchange for an honest review.
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Synopsis/blurb...

What if someone you loved was in harm’s way?

What if you were being stalked and no one believed you?

What if you were abducted in broad daylight?

What if you were held captive in a cellar?

What would you do?

Mackenzie Crawford screamed.



What if your wife admitted she had a lover?

What if she went out without saying where she was going?

What if you discovered she’d left?

What would you do?

Derek Crawford fell apart.



What if a troubled woman disappeared?

What if her brother begged you to help?

What if there was no evidence of a crime?

What would you do?

In Glasgow, DI Andrew Geddes puts the case to the top of his list.



What if this was only the beginning?
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My take.....

In Harm's Way is the author's fifth and latest novel, but only the first of his that I've read. After this outing I'll definitely be backtracking and trying some of his earlier books.

Owen Mullen pitches us into a domestic drama with a savage twist. Mackenzie is married to Derek Crawford. Mackenzie drinks too much and Crawford doesn't like it. Her brother and sister have their concerns but also have their own lives to worry about. Her brother, Gavin and sister-in-law, Monica have a new baby to care for, not that Mackenzie has been too interested or bothered in visiting Alice, her niece. Sister, Adele and husband Gavin seem fairly content with a couple of thirteen year twin boys - both aliens according to their harassed mother.

Adele's birthday party is the trigger point for all that follows. Mackenzie gets drunk again, insults her hosts, rows with Derek and the pair leave. A further fight follows at home and Mackenzie threatens to leave him. And so she does, but not voluntarily.

Abducted and held captive - well she had been saying she was being followed. But she had also been drinking and was notoriously unreliable so no one believed her.

The family viewpoints are differing .... ah, she's walked out and left him. She's got someone else a lover - what a bitch. Derek does everything for her, she doesn't know how lucky she is. You know what she's like......... hmm, Derek's a bit too old for her, he's a bit too controlling. I don't think he's good for her...... Mackenzie - she's left me, she admitted she had a lover.

It's interesting seeing the family dynamics with all the hurts and resentments of the past coming to the surface. Rows, jealousy, rivalries, hurt, pain, memories, mistakes, sympathies and pressure mounting on their own relationships and careers and at the bottom of it all an increasing level of concern for Mackenzie once they realise that if she has left, she's done so without taking any belongings with her.

As a reader we know where Mackenzie is and what happened, but we don't know the why. Her family try to discover both with Gavin eventually involving the police, much to Derek's annoyance.

There's a lot of drama packed into the pages of this not too long a novel. There's the mundane and the humdrum of everyday family lives, but enlivened by the backdrop of an unusual event and the effect is has on those closest to Mackenzie. It brings out both the best and the worst in the family.

Decent pace, very strong and realised characters, a bit of a puzzle throughout in that only towards the end do we discover the why and the who for Mackenzie's abduction, but an enjoyable puzzle. After that revelation, Mullen also serves up another twist or two before the end. Lots to like.

4 from 5

Owen Mullen's previous books are Games People Play, Old Friends And New Enemies, Before The Devil Knows You're Dead from his PI Charlie Cameron series and And So It Began (Delaney series).

Read in October, 2018
Published - 2018
Page count - 210
Source - review copy from publisher Bloodhound Books via Net Galley
Format - ePub file read on laptop

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