Another book today, this time it is Only The Innocent by Rachel Abbott. This is the first book of the DCI Tom Douglas series.
A wealthy philanthropist Sir Hugo Fletcher has been murdered and all the evidence points to a woman committing the crime and a carefully planned crime at that. Sir Hugo is famous for his charity with Eastern European trafficked prostitutes and at least one of the girls the Allium Foundation has helped is missing. DCI Tom Douglas cannot ignore the thought that the two circumstances are related.
Sir Hugo is married to Laura, his second wife and a daughter Alexa from his first marriage. Laura is questioned quickly at Ashbury Park, the sprawling mansion in Oxfordshire that is the Fletcher family home. Laura is a downtrodden figure and Tom can’t help but wonder what has happened to the dynamic beauty who had her own promising career before marrying Sir Hugo Fletcher.
But, there are many secrets that are hiding behind the facade that Laura is presenting to the police and it seems that she isn’t the only one. As these are revealed Tom is left with the dilemma of whether to punish the guilty or protect the innocent.
I love a police thriller and always enjoy reading a series, you get to learn so much more about characters and how they handle the crimes that are committed. Tom is a likeable copper, who has also had tragedy in his personal life. He is struggling to come to terms with the death of his older brother and his divorce from his wife. He has followed his ex-wife to London so he is able to see his daughter Lucy more often and has joined the Metropolitan Police.
Everyone seems to have something to hide and trying to find out the truth is tricky. Sir Hugo has an impeccable reputation, but is there are hints to a darker side? This is a gripping story with a shocking conclusion that you won’t forget in a hurry. Only the Innocent is available from http://www.amazon.co.uk.
Till next time,