Pulled in from the very start, this author knows how to grab your attention. I found the book hard to put down. It is well written and full of suspense. Overall a fantastic read.
A brilliantly-written detective thriller with well-written characters, suspense, twists-a-plenty and an intriguing police procedural aspect. I also adore the Anglesey setting!
This is the second in the D.I. Ruth Hunter series
And another great read by this author
Can’t wait for the next in this series
I really enjoyed this one. A strong police procedural read that reminded me of some of those fabulous crime shows on the BBC channel here on Foxtel.
I should flag, this is Book #2 in a series, and as per usual, I hadn't read book #1 (yes I know, I'm hopeless) but for me it didn't deter from the storyline at all. Whilst there was obviously references to past storylines and characters it's still flowed really well as a standalone book.
When DI Hart returns to work after some time away, a dead body is discovered out near ruins just outside the small village of Anglesey. With no clear and easy way of identifying the body so starts the steady unveiling of not only who the deceased is, but who could be the killer.
Told through multiple POV's and over the period of a few decades this is really engrossing read bringing together past and present with tie-ins to the IRA, the British military and MI5.
There were times some of the dialogue was a little cringe-worthy, but overall this was a really great read and I'm definitely looking forward to reading the rest of this series.
A huge thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this one.
Thanks to NetGalley and Avon Books UK for ARC.
DI Laura Hart has a complicated life, bereaved, but still trying to function as parent and police officer. She is also tentatively starting a new relationship, with a colleague. A discovery of human remains in an ancient Anglesey site leads her and her colleagues into a fascinating but dangerous case, involving secrets from The Troubles and beyond.
This is a well-made police procedural, set in an area of the UK I don't know. I was a little confused at first by some of the references to Hart's past life and the case that haunts her (there's always one), but it worked pretty well as a standalone and I warmed to the characters and the locations. The plot was a little thin in places, but the storytelling carried me along.
Always a joy to read an author I can look to again, so I will be investigating McCleave's other work.
My thanks to Netgalley and publishers Avon /Harper Collins for the ARC of this book in return for an honest review. Angelsea has a long-standing affectionate connection for our family and the lovely description of places on the island just made me want to be back there. That with the word, “Hiraeth”, at the beginning of the book, for which the author, (and my Welsh-speaking Mother), says there is no English equivalent, had me hooked from the start. The nearest translation might be homesickness and belonging. I realise that many readers will not feel this connection.
To me, it is reminiscent of Elly Griffiths, Dr. Ruth Galloway novels. It’s grounded in a landscape, but has a devilish plot to solve and has an evolving romantic thread in the background. But with both the protagonist and the police officers it's faster-paced and more brutal. There are occasional chapters that go back in time to the previous life of one of the characters, but this is handled so well, without dominating the tale, that it didn’t irritate me as it normally would. And it soon becomes apparent that it’s vital to the story. The only negative I found was a constant need to explain, especially acronyms, even the most simple. I did find it annoying. A table at the back of the book would have been better, but not so useful when reading in Kindle format. On the positive side, the ending became incredibly twisty and you had to stay alert to keep up.
How happy am I. I’ve found a new author who writes exactly to my taste and I have a whole new list of back novels to catch up on. If only I had seen Simon McCleave’s work recommended before, as strongly as I’m now doing.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t get into this book at all. Perhaps I need to read the first in the series and go back to this one.
Thanks to the author, the publishers and Netgalley for the complimentary copy to read.
Murder mystery that kept you guessing all the way to the end! With romance between the two lead detectives, Laura and Gareth, flashbacks to IRA and the British Military in Northern Ireland and the fact that this was taking place in Anglesey, an island I know well, it made for interesting reading. Quite the plausible plot re the IRA, with an underlying second story about Laura and her deceased husband. The book ends with a character appearing in Laura's garden as she relaxes having just put one murder case to bed! Suggesting I read the next book in the series, which I will have to do as I'm intrigued!
#InTooDeep #NetGalley This is the second in the DI Laura Hart series. I hadn't read the first but there was enough background included in this book to enable it to be read as a standalone. I really liked the character of Laura and the way her personal life story wo9ve around the main murder plot. Lots of twists and turns and a very enjoyable read. i loved the setting of Anglesey and I particularly liked the reference to The Swinging Sporran in Eccles which I used to frequent myself! and the Cheshire Oaks retail park. A great read and I look forward to the next in this series which is already in my TBR pile!
A great read. It was a bit of a slow starter for me but once into it the book turned a corner. It has twists that the reader could not see coming. It was intriguing, great characters and suspenseful. The setting of Anglesey was great and worked totally with the links to Ireland. I feel I would like to read more in this series.
Great detective story investigating a buried corpse in Anglesey with apparent links to Northern Ireland. Great atmosphere and real suspense. Unpredictable twists. Very enjoyable reading.
I really enjoyed this police procedural, which is set in Wales. This is the second book in a series.
The story is about Laura Hart, who left the police force after her policeman husband was killed whilst on duty. In this book she is back in the police force working hard on a case which is based in the past, with relations to the IRA and MI5. She has to find out who is behind some killings that have taken place. There is a lot of twists and turns, as we are led to believe that one thing has happened, when it is actually something else that has occurred.
I enjoyed reading about Laura's new relationship with policeman Gareth, although I didn't like the mistake that he made. I loved the ending between Laura and Gareth, however. I also loved the parts of the story where Laura was talking to her husband's spirit.
I didn't really like the parts of the book which were set in the past, especially when they were describing things that do not appeal to me, regarding bombs etc. However, it was all part of the story, and I did enjoy all the parts of the book with Laura and Gareth.
I am looking forward to the next book in the series to find out what they get up to next, as they make a great team. Highly recommended!
Many thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a copy of this book.
This author never fails to disappoint and this book is no exception
A new series to me but the second book worked as a stand alone.
A beautiful setting and the plot and characters that drive a good thriller.
Wow!!! I am a huge fan of Simon McCleave’s work, having read 20 of his books in the last couple of years, and have loved each and every one. If you’re after an excellent police procedural series then look no further than this author.
In Too Deep is the second book in the new Anglesey Series. Book one blew me away, so expectations were high for the second and it certainly didn’t disappoint.
It was fast paced and gripping, and I flew through it!
This series is based in Beaumaris on the beautiful Island of Anglesey just off the North Wales coast. It’s beauty and rich history are weaved into the story, as a local I’m very proud of this!
This book continues the character development of Laura and her family, her career and her relationship with her DI, Gareth. Simon is a master at interweaving this with the main storyline of the book. It centers on a skeleton which has been found in a local castle ruins. Spanning 20 years it’s put together cleverly and seamlessly, and when the investigation leads to the IRA and MI5, Simon ramps up the tension and the storyline gathers pace to an explosive ending. It was fantastic!
I can’t wait for Book 3 - Blood on the Shore.
Thank you to Netgalley, Avon Books UK and Simon McCleave for a copy of this book in return for an open and honest review.
So long as you don't mind flashing back between years & various events after a body is found on historic site ,this is a good book full of twists & turns keeping you on the edge of your seat at times . I am not going to give ant spoilers but highly recommend you read it if you like a good detective thriller.#NetGalley, #GoodReads, #FB, #Instagram, #Amazon.co.uk, #<img src="https://www.netgalley.com/badge/358a5cecda71b11036ec19d9f7bf5c96d13e2c55" width="80" height="80" alt="100 Book Reviews" title="100 Book Reviews"/>, #<img src="https://www.netgalley.com/badge/ef856e6ce35e6d2d729539aa1808a5fb4326a415" width="80" height="80" alt="Reviews Published" title="Reviews Published"/>, <img src="https://www.netgalley.com/badge/aa60c7e77cc330186f26ea1f647542df8af8326a" width="80" height="80" alt="Professional Reader" title="Professional Reader"/>
Sadly this one didn't work for me despite my love of Wales and Anglesey! The writing was so primitive I couldn't get into it at all.
DI Laura Hart is 2 months in to her new role back in the police force when a report comes in about some human remains found beside a ruin on the outskirts of a small village on Anglesey. As evidence points to the case of a missing person with links to both the Real IRA and MI5, Laura discovers this is more than just about the remains that have been found, the truth is darker and deeper than she imagined. With her family seemingly in the line of danger yet again, can Laura and the team solve the case? Meanwhile As someone re appears from her past, she has questions that need to be answered about the death of her husband Sam. Will she finally get the closure she has been seeking?
This was excellent!! I really enjoyed seeing more sides to Laura, and the conversations she has with Sam, there’s so much love there, she knows she needs to let go but just hasn’t quite figured out how yet! The relationship between Laura and Gareth becomes more important in this story, and it is lovely to see the characters develop and begin to come in to their own own. Brilliant series so far, really enjoyed it! The parts on the Northern Ireland conflict was very hard to read at times but well written and gave the reader a good background to the character of John, especially after the conclusion of the story!
Thank you for letting me have an ARC, Simon is one of my favourite authors!
An enjoyable story of a double agent of IRA and the English army. It racks up the tension after a body is found 20 years after a disappearance
The story has the same feel as the previous novel in that it was easy to read and full of suspense.
When remains are found DI Laura Hart is on the case - the team understand the remains are those of ex-British Army soldier John - but who exactly is John and why has he been killed?
A terrific thriller, cannot wait for the next installment!
Fast paced and well written. I highly recommend reading this book and others by this author Loved it