The Taken (DI Erica Martin, #2)The Taken by Alice Clark-Platts

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In a Durham hotel at dawn, celebrated preacher Tristan Snow is murdered as he prays. None of the other guests – not even his daughter, his wife, or her sister – saw or heard anything. But then again, they all had a motive for murder. Detective Inspector Erica Martin is confronted by secrets and lies, lost in a case where nothing is what it seems. With no answers, DI Martin is consumed by questions: Is anyone in this family innocent? When the victim might have been a monster – is there such a thing as justice? And does anyone deserve to die?
This is a cleverly written, cleverly plotted novel. There are multiple suspects and multiple motives when DI Martin begins her investigation. But this is no whitewash novel. Beautifully written it evokes the location of Durham, but also she reveals, little by little, something of the characters in each chapter. I was fascinated by this novel and it was one of those that I wanted to keep reading to get to the twist at the end, but on the other hand I didn’t want it to finish it either. This is the second DI Martin novel, and I hadn’t read the first, but in no way did this detract from the story, it being a standalone novel in its own right. A great read, compulsive and compelling.

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