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The Descent Many thanks to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for allowing me to read and review this book.When Detective Louise Blackwell is called out to where a young woman s body is found at the base of a cliff, it looks like a case of suicide After Louise will not let the case be closed, other events bring the verdict into question, and she must lead her team to where they can discover the truth.Unfortunately, she is also dealing with her brother, who s life has deteriorated after his wife s dea Many thanks to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for allowing me to read and review this book.When Detective Louise Blackwell is called out to where a young woman s body is found at the base of a cliff, it looks like a case of suicide After Louise will not let the case be closed, other events bring the verdict into question, and she must lead her team to where they can discover the truth.Unfortunately, she is also dealing with her brother, who s life has deteriorated after his wife s death, and she needs to protect her niece from harm This book was not just a British police procedural, as it also takes the reader to a place where struggling, young women who are looking for a way to escape are taken advantage of Is death the only way out This was a well written story, that leads up to a climactic end, where everyone does not live happily ever after I would like to thank Netgalley andPublishing UK for an advance copy of The Descent, the second novel to feature DI Louise Blackwell, set in Weston super Mare.When a suspected suicide is found at the bottom of a cliff Louise is suspicious as the circumstances, including the suicide note, are very similar to a previous death When another body is found and the Press have dubbed Weston super Mare suicide by the sea Louise starts to suspect there may be some kind of cult at work but her m I would like to thank Netgalley andPublishing UK for an advance copy of The Descent, the second novel to feature DI Louise Blackwell, set in Weston super Mare.When a suspected suicide is found at the bottom of a cliff Louise is suspicious as the circumstances, including the suicide note, are very similar to a previous death When another body is found and the Press have dubbed Weston super Mare suicide by the sea Louise starts to suspect there may be some kind of cult at work but her mind isn t entirely on the investigation as her troubled brother, Paul, has disappeared with his young daughter, Emily and he s in no fit state to look after her.I enjoyed The Descent which has a stronger plot line and acompulsive hook than its predecessor, The Crossing, which I wasn t overly enthused by It is mostly told from the points of view of Louise Blackwell and Amy, a woman with knowledge of the deaths I liked the comparison between the two points of view, Louise s struggle to understand what is happening and Amy s inner conflict about what she knows to be happening I think Amy wins the most interesting story competition as her story has the forward momentum while Louise seems stuck in the rut of little knowledge and going over the same things I also have to say that I found her inaction over he brother s behaviour less than credible given she is a senior police officer Manipulative cults and their leaders are not unknown in crime fiction but I liked the slant the author put on this tale I found it interesting and strangely compulsive when viewed through Amy s eyes I liked her ambivalence, clear sighted one minute and true believer the next It s well done I also really liked the final deconstruction of the leader s motives and the way it stripped away all the mysticism That was very satisfying.The Descent is a good read that I can recommend Were They Pushed To The Edge Or Over It In The Quiet Coastal Town Of Weston Super Mare, A Body Is Discovered At The Foot Of A Cliff Just Months After A Near Identical Tragedy And Detective Inspector Louise Blackwell Can T Believe It Could Be A CoincidenceNext To The Body, She Discovers A Note That Echoes One Found Beside The First Death Is Not The End Louise Is Certain That Behind These Desperate Acts Someone Is Pulling The Strings, But How Many Will Plunge To Their Demise Before She Can Find Out Who And Why Struggling To Stay Focused Under The Strain Of Her Troubled Brother S Disappearance With His Young Daughter, Louise Hits A Much Needed Breakthrough When A Third Tragedy Points To The Involvement Of A Charismatic Cult Leader The Suspect Is Within Her Sights, But He Knows She S On To Him Short On Proof And With The Body Count Rising, Can Louise Intercept His Deadly Mission Or Has She Taken On An Unbeatable Foe REVIEW TO BE POSTED 7 23 20 DI Louise Blackwell has a lot on her plate As well as a troubling series of apparent suicides, her brother and young niece go missing and she finds it difficult to concentrate on the ongoing investigation, leading her to make uncharacteristic mistakes.A number of vulnerable young women are members of an online chat group led by the charismatic and sinister Jay Chappell As matters develop, Louise discovers that Chappell is not all he claims to be Events escalate, leading to a dramatic showdown DI Louise Blackwell has a lot on her plate As well as a troubling series of apparent suicides, her brother and young niece go missing and she finds it difficult to concentrate on the ongoing investigation, leading her to make uncharacteristic mistakes.A number of vulnerable young women are members of an online chat group led by the charismatic and sinister Jay Chappell As matters develop, Louise discovers that Chappell is not all he claims to be Events escalate, leading to a dramatic showdown on an abandoned pier.We are constantly reminded of Louise seeing her niece in the young women whose deaths she is investigating, which seems a distraction at times however, it helps us appreciate how difficult balancing her personal and professional life is This is a well written police procedural and although there isn t as much focus this time on the relationship with Louise s treacherous former colleague, Tim Finch, this suggests unfinished business to come.I enjoyed reading this book and will be interested to see how the various characters and their relationships develop in the next instalment of the series.I was sent an advance review copy of this book byPublishing UK, in return for an honest appraisal The Descent by Matt Brolly Second in the series featuring Detective Louise Blackwell Louise is faced with personal struggles within her family and at work At times the backstory of Louise s family seems repetitive and distracting from the current investigation All in all a solid police procedural and a good addition to the series Thank you to the publisher, author, and NetGalley for the opportunity to preview the book. Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and author for this ARC This is the second book in the DI Blackwell series and my first read by this author This book can be read on it s own, although there are references to the first book and previous case, I now want to read the previous book nowI really liked the main character and her work colleagues DI Blackwell is investigating a spare of deaths that appear to be be suicide But all is not as it seems She also has ongoing problems outside of Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and author for this ARC This is the second book in the DI Blackwell series and my first read by this author This book can be read on it s own, although there are references to the first book and previous case, I now want to read the previous book nowI really liked the main character and her work colleagues DI Blackwell is investigating a spare of deaths that appear to be be suicide But all is not as it seems She also has ongoing problems outside of work with her family life and you see glimpses into her private life I initially thought the book was a bit of a slow burner, and soon was slowly drawn into the story I loved the authors writing style, I thought it was very descriptive, the story flowed really well and I liked that some of the scenes were told by the different characters Once I became hooked, I found this to be a fast paced and thrilling read There were plenty of twists, some I guessed, some I didn t I want to readbooks by this author and recommend this one Thank youPublishing for the eARC.DI Louise Blackwell, in the second of the series, is still in Weston Super Mare, where a body of a young woman is found at the bottom a cliff, a probable suicide Whenbodies are found, also possible suicides, Louise is starting to believe there s a link between the deaths, but is frustrated because she and the team can t figure out how the women were connected She s also concerned about her brother, who is drinking heavily and neglecting his little Thank youPublishing for the eARC.DI Louise Blackwell, in the second of the series, is still in Weston Super Mare, where a body of a young woman is found at the bottom a cliff, a probable suicide Whenbodies are found, also possible suicides, Louise is starting to believe there s a link between the deaths, but is frustrated because she and the team can t figure out how the women were connected She s also concerned about her brother, who is drinking heavily and neglecting his little girl She s torn between her job and her family s problems, not a good thing for her career The charismatic leader of a small group of women plies them with a hallucinogenic and Louise, when he s on her radar, strongly suspects he s the reason for the deaths and is obsessed with stopping him.This book is fast paced, tense and sometimes depressing, and I found Louise at times a bit irritating, but I am looking forward to reading no three in the series This is the second outing for Matt Brolly s latest protagonist, DI Louise Blackwell A body is found at the foot of a cliff in the coastal town of Weston Everything points to suicide, there is even a note Nonetheless Louise does the necessary checks She is also aware that, just a few months ago, there was a very similar death also an apparent suicide But when she compares the suicide notes she realises that they have one line in common death is not the end Interesting So when a third, This is the second outing for Matt Brolly s latest protagonist, DI Louise Blackwell A body is found at the foot of a cliff in the coastal town of Weston Everything points to suicide, there is even a note Nonetheless Louise does the necessary checks She is also aware that, just a few months ago, there was a very similar death also an apparent suicide But when she compares the suicide notes she realises that they have one line in common death is not the end Interesting So when a third, similar, death is discovered with a similar note, Louise is certain that they are linked Unfortunately she has no idea how An eagle eyed detective finds CCTV evidence of the woman in the company of a man Finally a potential suspectWhile this is going on Louise also has to contend with a brother Paul who has gone totally off the rails with his drinking thereby neglecting his five year old daughter and Louise s niece, Emily However, when Paul disappears with Emily and nobody knows where they are, or if they are safe, Louise s stress levels skyrocket She is torn between her professional and familial responsibilities and is in danger of losing objectivity.This was a terrific story that could be awfully real, for both plot lines, but I don t want to give anything away While suspenseful at times, I did find the narrative a bit repetitive around Louise s dilemma of job versus family For an engaging story with realistic and mostly likeable characters, it could have been improved with less repetition and hand wringing Nevertheless I really enjoyed reading this Thanks to Netgalley, the publisher and Matt Brolly for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review The Descent is the second book in the DI Louise Blackwell series by author Matt Brolly It s a british police procedural, and a psychological thriller It s now been two years since DI Blackwell got summarily transferred from Bristol s Major Investigation Team to the small coastal town of Weston Super Mare following a deadly setup by her former partner, who was angling for a promotion Weston super Mare is her childhood town, and her parents, her recently widowed brother and her niece all live i The Descent is the second book in the DI Louise Blackwell series by author Matt Brolly It s a british police procedural, and a psychological thriller It s now been two years since DI Blackwell got summarily transferred from Bristol s Major Investigation Team to the small coastal town of Weston Super Mare following a deadly setup by her former partner, who was angling for a promotion Weston super Mare is her childhood town, and her parents, her recently widowed brother and her niece all live in the area In spite of her success in her first major case six months prior, and a generally supportive DCI, Louise Blackwell still hasn t put her partner s treason behind her She s as paranoid as when we first met her As a result, she has trouble making herself at ease with her team She keeps to herself, hides her personal life from her colleagues, made very few friends among them, and generally trusts no one Her career has been derailed and, bitter about it, Louise Blackwell would like to get it back on track All the while, she s certain other parties will do everything in their power to prevent it And, as if to prove her right, the harassment from her manipulative narcissistic ex partner, DCI Finch, starts again It seems to the reader that she ll never get rid of him interfering with her life, her team, and her cases.The new case begins when the body of a young woman is discovered at the foot of a cliff, mere weeks after a similar suicide When a third woman kills herself in the same fashion, fear of a suicide epidemic creeps in Then, impossible coincidences link the deaths together, leading them to be all deemed suspicious But, the investigation of serial deaths all appearing to have been voluntary is tricky The team has no motive to work from, and no profile of a suspect that might not even exist.However, the reader getsinsight in these events Once again, in what seems to be a feature of this series, the perp is known to us from the very start The narration alternates chapters between DI Blackwell and her team s investigation, and the point of view of a potential victim to be We don t get the point of view of the killer as in the first book He is nonetheless omnipresent, his strong psychological hold on his entourage weighing heavily even on the reader.Don t let the absence of mystery deter you As with any good Columbo episode, the story is all about the journey, and not the destination As I expected, this book proves to be a very welcome return to the town of Weston super Mare The writing and depiction of the locales and inhabitants is as atmospheric as the first time around The sea, piers, cliffs and islands are as we left them Adding to the already oppressive mood, voluntarily or not, the victims, the woods, syca trees and a mysterious waiting room are also highly reminiscent of David Lynch s masterpiece, Twin Peaks The Descent is a deeply psychological thriller, evenso than The Crossing, especially due to the somber motivation and methods of the perpetrator This psychological aspect bleeds into Louise Blackwell s personal life, as she cannot help but see parallels between the early lives of the victims and the current situation of her niece, Emily Unable to cope with the death of his wife, Emily s father, Paul, fell off the wagon His alcoholism leads him to neglect his daughter, and his behavior gets increasingly erratic And, we can guess early that this distressing personal situation won t be without consequences on Louise Blackwell s work There was only one good possible ending to this story, and Matt Brolly doesn t disappoint He leaves us with many questions to ponder, some of an existential nature As for DI Blackwell and her many problems, the ending only brings us to eagerly expect the next entry in the series Thanks toPublishing s Thomas Mercer and Netgalley for the ARC provided in exchange for this unbiased review

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