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Dying to Tell

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I did not finish this one, it was not for me, I couldn't relate to the characters, and just did not care for the story.

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Thank you NetGalley for giving me the chance to read this book ahead of time in exchange for a review. It didn't disappoint! Must read!!

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Thank you to the publisher for my advanced copy of Dying to Tell. I really enjoyed this story of a couple planning their wedding that gets segued when they get mixed up investigating a local murder. This book had a lot of twists and turns and I really enjoyed the pacing. It kept me wanting to read to the end!

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Well this was a roller coaster ride. Full of suspense and hard to tell who was actually telling the truth. It ends with an incredible ending and I cant wait to read her other books.

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.
This was a great book. A lot of emotional turmoil and confusion. Enjoyable read that kept me hooked throughout.

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My goodness this was a roller coaster ride! From the get go it sucked me right in and had me hooked, staying up late to see what would happen next. Just when I thought I had things relatively figured out or thought that I was at least on the right track something would happen that would throw me for a loop.

This book had a lot of the things I love - mystery, murder, secrets. Aoife Walsh was about to marry her boyfriend, a detective, She had been married before and wasn't super enthused about planning a big, lavish wedding. She is a part-time journalist who is researching a missing person case, which quickly turns into a murder investigation. She meets people who are intertwined with the murder victim and his wife and there are so many twists and turns that arise. Trust me, you will be questioning absolutely everyone in the book

I didn't realize that this was part of a group of books starring Aoife Walsh (this is book 5). That being said, I couldn't even tell, which was awesome. I wasn't lost at all reading this book, having not read the others. I would LOVE to read the others in the series, though, especially if they are as good as this one.

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Nicole is distraught when the worst thing imaginable happens on her honeymoon. Her husband, Matt, vanishes from their hotel, and despite conjecture that he has cold feet, Nicole suspects something terrible has happened.

Aoife Walsh is a part-time journalist, and when she hears about Matt’s disappearance, she agrees to write a story about it, plunging her into a mystery that goes deeper than she expected.

This was a solid thriller with plenty of mystery surrounding Matt’s disappearance. The clues were dished out at just the right time to make you question who was responsible for Matt’s disappearance. Val Collins unraveled the truth in a way that held the tension throughout the entire book and made this a compulsive read.

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I got this gem from netgalley and I’ll say ….it is another great one by Val Collins! this is filled with distractors / red herrings - I wonder if you will be able to piece it together and solve the case before the end ! It was a bit of an emotional roller coaster at one point I went from loving Connor to hating him and Orla then I was not feeling Grannie only to then end up loving her well appreciating her at the end …. It was a great relatively quick read - it keeps you entertained and guessing so you tend to keep the pages turning just trying to sort it all out !
I also just learned at the end of this that it is a series “Aofie Walsh” thriller series but they are also stand alone thrillers - I am super intrigued and want to go back and read the other four to see if there is more on her and her first husbands back story because that seems like DRAMA!!!!
Highly recommend Val Collins books if you like a good thriller, whodunnit, murder mystery, etc.

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Dying to Tell
By Val Collins

<i>Dying to Tell</i> is a thriller mystery where you won’t be able to guess who did it and even what they did. Aoife has returned with her journalistic talents, winning personality, and surprising mystery solving intelligence. <i>Dying to Tell</i> is the fifth book in the Aoife Walsh Thriller Series written by Val Collins.

Aoife is delighted to find out she has a proposal approved to write a series on unsolved mysteries. She wants to take the approach of describing the people involved, those peripherally involved, and how they handle what happens. If possible, Aoife wants to solve the mystery. Her first assignment involves a newly married couple who are on their honeymoon when the groom disappears. Is this murder, a case of a runaway groom or has the groom been kidnapped? There are many angles to follow so Aoife takes the human-interest angle, interviewing friends and family of the bride and groom. During these interviews, it becomes obvious that there are some odd things going on in the apartment complex where the couple lives. Rumours abound. Was the groom a faithful boyfriend/husband? Did he have some secrets that the bride is only now finally finding out through Aoife’s investigation? Did he disappear, die or run away?

I really like Val Collins writing because she mixes the mystery with the characters involved. Her stories evolve to the point where the characters are so fully developed the reader really gets invested in their story. Aoife has so many intelligent questions in researching her stories, that she quite often solves the mystery while she is really writing about the characters. Unfortunately, in this case, I did find the story a bit slow towards the end. They are so many characters introduced or talked about that by the end, it is a bit confusing. However, the ending is quite good. When we do find out who committed the crime and why the crime took place it is quite surprising.

The best thing about Val Colin‘s books are the personalities. Aoife is getting married again. This time around she is not keen on having a large wedding. She is convinced by her friend Orla to have a bigger wedding than she really wants and this leads to a bunch of confusion and misunderstandings. As she meets her fiancé Colin’s family , they are not nearly as welcoming as she had hopes they will be. This, along with the confusion that her ex-husband creates leads to an interesting side story in social interactions among people. Character development is Collin’s strength and it is how she makes her stories so complex and interesting.

I think this book is an excellent one for people who like mysteries thrillers with a dash of the ordinary lives of people who are impacted by these crimes. I give this book a 4 on 5 primarily because it is a little too complex in the middle but the ending is excellent. I want to thank BookSirens and the author for providing me with a digital copy of this book. I provide this review voluntarily.

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Dying To Tell is the 5th Aoife Walsh thriller/procedural by Val Collins. Released 28th Feb 2023, it's 286 pages and is available in paperback and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links and references throughout. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. For Kindle Unlimited subscribers, the first three books in the series are currently included in the KU subscription library to borrow and read for free.

This is a very fast paced, action driven thriller featuring a reporter protagonist, her detective fiance, and a heap of unreliable witnesses. Despite being the fifth book in the series, it well enough as a standalone, and readers coming into the series with this book won't have any troubles keeping up with the plot or characters. I liked that Aoife is tenacious and intelligent, and her interplay with the other characters is well written and nuanced. There is a fair bit of back story from the previous books which will give minor spoilers for the main characters and their history together if read out of order.

Four stars. The ending is definitely a page-turner, and I found the climax, denouement, and resolution satisfying and well done. This is one for fans of procedural/investigative thrillers. The author is superlatively talented and the writing, as always, is top notch.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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A huge, huge thank you to VCB Publishing and NetGalley for granting me an advance copy of this book in return for my honest opinion.

This book is wonderful, fantastic, and incredible!

The best psychological thriller I have read! I can not say enough good things about this one!

Aiofe and Conor are extremely well done.

The book had me on the edge of my seat! Can not wait for the next one!

Highly, highly, highly recommend!

Five plus stars!

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I enjoyed this story- the missing groom from the honeymoon, imported workers into Ireland from Romania, and invovlved relationships between freinds and workers.
How and why a tech guy would disappear on his exotic honeymoon is quite the mystery. As the detectives pursue the case, their personal lives get complicated as well. Is the loving fiancee cheating? Did the groom cheat?
As the layers are peeled back, betrayal is revealed for some and confidence is restored for others.
I have to admit, to me, the highlight of this are those wonderful names.....

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Finished ✔️ Dying To Tell by Val Collins

4 ⭐️‘s
Publish Day: March 1st, 2023
Kindle Unlimited: No
5th book in the series
Psychological thriller
Journalist and detective get married but that’s not the only interesting part of the book
Twisty and a lot of turns
Kept my attention the whole time
Could be a book where a reader stays up late at night to find out what happens next
Yes, I’d recommend

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I can’t say enough how much I love #ValCollins. I’ve loved getting to read this #AoifeWalsh series and know Val! This is another fantastic installment. A thrilling end!

#DyingToTell is the fifth instalment. All five books are standalone and can be read in any order!
Thank you, Val Collins and Netgalley for my early copy. All opinions are my own!

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Many thanks to both VCB Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review an early copy of Dying to Tell.

After barely surviving the trauma of her first marriage, and still having to deal with her ex-husband, Aoife is less than excited about the prospect of organizing a wedding. However, her wedding anxiety quickly takes a back seat when the missing person case she is researching turns into a murder investigation.

Boy am I the outlier here! I really liked how the book began but about a third of the way in it felt as if there were red herrings on top of red herrings, etc. I finally reached the point of telling myself "I don't think I'm even going to pay attention to this because I'm sure it's another red herring."

Keep in mind Dying to Tell has FABULOUS reviews, and take mine with a grain of salt. For what it's worth, I really liked the very end of the book!

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I was so excited to receive an arc of another Val Collins book!
Loved this fast paced thriller and it definitely did not disappoint.
Can't wait to read the rest of her books!

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Dying to Tell is book 5 in a series but can be read as a stand-alone. The main character, Aoife, is a mother and a writer that’s in between jobs. After pitching a story about a missing person case to the Irish Times, she is given a feature in the paper. She’s been quite obsessed with the disappearance of Nicole Gallagher’s husband, Matt, who was last seen on a beach during their honeymoon. Aoife wishes to solve the mystery to help a grieving widow find some answers all while juggling motherhood and planning her own wedding.

Aoife’s fiancée, Conor, is a police investigator 🕵🏻‍♂️ and she’s so thankful for his insight as she explores the mystery behind Matt’s disappearance. As she interviews the widow and the neighbors within the community Aoife unravels secrets, betrayal, and affairs.

Her investigations have brought up too much attention and she becomes a target. How could her life be mixed up in all this crime? Who can she trust? What happened to Matt? Will she survive?

I love love loved this book! The beginning was slow as we were introduced to the characters and given the backstory that led up to Matt’s disappearance but once it picked up, I was flying through the pages! I devoured the entire book in one day because there were so many suspects and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened. The ending was such a surprise and I couldn’t believe it! I definitely recommend this book to all my thriller loving friends.

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Aoife is back! A totally likeable character who has been in all five of the Val Collin’s Aoife Walsh standalone thrillers, Aoife finds herself doing an investigative piece on a man who has gone missing while on his honeymoon in Italy. But soon the journalistic article (and her own pending wedding) is overwhelmed with details that just aren't adding up! Was he cheating on his wife? Was he involved in something sordid? Do the neighbors know more than they are letting on?

With each piece of evidence, Aoife comes up with a new theory of who, what, where, why, and how, and I'm right there beside her! Everyone's a suspect! Guess along with Aoife as she dodges around a wedding, soon-to-be-in-laws, people who are lying to her, and a really bad man to find the killer!

Thanks so much to NetGalley and Val Collins, one of my favorite indie authors, for advance copies of this enjoyable book!

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Having read two of Val Collins previous books I was delighted to receive this arc and catch up with Aiofe again.

Aiofe and Conor are planning their wedding. However things dont go according to plan with a few spanners in the works.

Aiofe sleuthing again when a man disappears on his honeymoon a year ago and later when a young lady is executed, Aiofe is convinced the two cases are connected.

A roller coaster of a ride which i had to stay up to finish I will be going to find the other two books in the series which I havent read yet.

4 stars

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Holly crap! This book was so good. So much suspense! I barely had a moment to breathe. I was captivated and on the edge of my seat from page one.

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