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The Blissfully Dead (A Detective Lennon Thriller) Paperback – 29 Sep 2015
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‘An exciting, tense read.' —Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go
'A tale of obsession, fame and the internet, The Blissfully Dead rips the gloss clean off Generation X Factor. Timely, chilling, creepy, great.' —Simon Toyne, author of The Sanctus Trilogy
‘Modern, inventive, dark and twisted: a brilliantly characterised and astutely observed thriller about obsession, perception and crossing the line. The Blissfully Dead is another triumph from Voss and Edwards.' —SJI Holliday, author of Black Wood
About the Author
Mark Edwards and Louise Voss are the co-authors of psychological thrillers Killing Cupid and Forward Slash and two medical thrillers, Catch Your Death and All Fall Down, as well as From the Cradle, the first in the DI Patrick Lennon series.
They met in 1999 after Mark appeared on a BBC documentary about aspiring writers. They were the first British ‘indie’ writers to reach #1 on the Kindle chart and have sold over 650,000 books, including Mark’s solo novel, The Magpies.
Louise lives in Surrey with her daughter, and Mark lives in Wolverhampton with his wife and their children. Mark and Louise love hearing from readers and can be contacted on www.facebook.com/vossandedwards. They blog regularly on www.vossandedwards.com.
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Just as Patrick is dealing with all of that, a body is found which proves to be the just the beginning of a long, stressful and exhausting investigation. The investigation takes up most of his time and, on the odd occasion when the team tries to relax, events transpire to ruin the evening in the most shocking way they could imagine. Once again these authors lay many trails designed to lead the reader down the wrong track. All I can say is, it is not obvious, but nor is it so opaque that the reader feels cheated, and believe me, that gives absolutely nothing away.
Once again we see relationships developing through the faltering processes which are a normal part of everyday life. Some grow stronger, but seem to be in danger of derailment at times, others are explored more deeply, and others are put on hold - but for how long?
Personally, I felt that DI Lennon grew considerably through this book, there is an element of self-reflection about him, (although not in a text book style) which helps him to mature and make more reasoned decisions. That doesn't mean that his decisions are always right but that he has good reason to make them.
DI Winkler on the other hand, continues in his egocentric, self aggrandising manner, to try to take over the investigation with the stated aim of receiving whatever glory may come from solving the case. Unfortunately, his use of shortcuts, guesswork, and trying to make the facts fit what he considers to be evidence, just take him in the wrong direction and contribute to delays in the investigation which ultimately costs another life. He is able to uncover pertinent evidence, but just doesn't make the right connections with it.
Normally I tend not to like books written collaboratively by more than one author, but this team works excellently and I haven't found this book, or its predecessor, to be speaking in two voices.
This is an excellent book which wouldn't let me go. I needed to do other things but this kept calling me in a way I couldn't ignore!
I was gripped from the start of The Blissfully Dead. Although this book was quite a contrast from its predecessor in that it ventured into the dark world and secrets of the music industry, this did not prevent me from enjoying it; if anything, it increased the drama and tension. As was the case with the first book, the character of Adrian Winkler was constructed in such a way that really made me dislike him, his slyness and arrogance was emanating from this book which I love to see from the characters of a book. I also liked the chemistry between Lennon and his boss, Laughland because there remains that potential and uncertainty, a sort of 'are-they-aren't-they' kind of relationship.
If there was ever a reason not to become engrossed in the dark corners of the internet, this novel really spells it out. I really hope there is another book in this series because it is thoroughly enjoyable. I would recommend Patrick Lennon series to those who enjoy crime thrillers.
I can often predict the end of the story, guess who 'done it' , Mark and Louise had me guessing from the start to the very end of this fabulously written book.
Patrick and his complex home life is my new fantasy crush, the descriptions of his personality and image have conjured up the hottest detective there could possibly be.
Winkler, however, he is still disliked by me and probably always will be!
I didn't want this book to end, perfectly written, enticing, all consuming and down right brilliant.
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