Saturday 26 May 2018

A fast, gripping tale of mystery

Poolbeg, ?9.99 EMMA WALSH In Hush Hush, her third novel, Linda Kavanagh continues in her self-styled new genre of women's fiction mixed with mystery. And she does so to great effect because the book is already in the bestseller list.

HUSH HUSH

By Linda Kavanagh

Poolbeg, ?9.99 EMMA WALSH In Hush Hush, her third novel, Linda Kavanagh continues in her self-styled new genre of women's fiction mixed with mystery. And she does so to great effect because the book is already in the bestseller list.

In this story the mystery starts from page one when Olivia Doyle is given a massive leg-up the property ladder; her grandmother and great uncle have been left a house by a complete stranger and kindly pass it on to her.

It is an old farmhouse set in a pretty country town and right from the start you learn that the place is full of intriguing secrets and tight-lipped residents, a winning combination!

With the help of her friends she goes about restoring the house but, before she can say "hand me that hammer", a pretty gruesome discovery is made; I won't ruin the surprise but suffice to say a veritable Pandora's box of secrets is opened.

From then on the doings of Olivia and her friends develop at a swift rate and Kavanagh (thanks to her years of experience as a journalist) speedily and neatly ties together all the different strands to keep the action moving at a relentless pace.

Don't expect realism from this book, it's popular fiction after all. But do expect a fast, busy, gripping book which, despite being a bit farfetched now and then, will have you glued to its pages.

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