The seventh gripping installment in Matthew Hall's twice CWA Gold Dagger-nominated series—soon to be a CBC Television Original Drama, Coroner, starring Serinda Swan, Roger Cross, and Ehren Kassam.
The day they've all been waiting for is at hand. The last British combat soldiers in the Helmand province of Afghanistan are counting the minutes until their departure home to Highcliffe: a small town in the south of England. For their families, it spells the end of an agonizing six month wait.
But in the final hours, disaster strikes. Nineteen-year-old Private Pete 'Skippy' Lyons is taken hostage in the night and the patrol sent out to locate him is ambushed. One killed, two injured. And one still missing in action.
Their loved ones are left desperate for answers the Army is reluctant to provide. How was Private Lyons abducted from a heavily fortified command post? And why are officers trying to disguise what happened during the mission to save him?
Their only hope lies with Coroner Jenny Cooper, who must take on the full might of the military to stop the truth being buried along with the boy soldiers. But in a town filled with secrets and rumours, it's not only the Army that has something to hide.
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When I originally requested A Life To Kill on NetGalley, I somehow missed that it was the seventh book in a series. It was hard to follow the story at times but it didn't really take out of me enjoying the book in the end. The book handles a difficult subject but succeeds in showing the issues with recruiting, soldier's mental health as well as the sense of purpose that drives men to want to serve.
Thank you to NetGalley and Pan Macmillan for my copy in exchange for an honest review
I did not realize this book was a part of a series, so I found myself a little lost with not knowing character backstories. However, this was still a very good read. It was difficult to bring to light issues with soldiers mental health issues and felt captivated by the empathy shown to the soldiers. Really made it feel like I could picture it all. I am definitely going to start this series from the beginning.
Thank you NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.