I absolutely love this fast-paced thriller debut novel by Matthew Farrell.


When a mutilated body is found hanging in a seedy motel in Philadelphia, forensics specialist Liam Dwyer assumes the crime scene will be business as usual.  Instead, the victim turns out to be a woman he’d had an affair with before breaking it off to save his marriage.

But there’s a bigger problem:  Liam has no memory of where he was or what he did on the night of the murder.  Panicked, Liam turns to his brother, Sean, a homicide detective.  Sean has his back, but incriminating evidence keeps piling up.  From fingerprints to DNA, everything points to Liam, who must race against time and his department to uncover the truth – even if that truth is his own guilt.

Yet as he digs deeper, dark secrets come to light, and Liam begins to suspect the killer might actually be Sean……

When the smoke clears in this harrowing family drama, who will be left standing? 


I’ve seen mixed reviews about this book but I absolutely loved it!

I found the story to be fast-paced and gripping and enjoyed it from page 1. Unlike other reviewers I didn’t fully guess who the perpetrator was, although I had my suspicions! I enjoyed following the story and watching the many dark secrets unravelling.

The story flicks back every now and then to Liam and Sean’s past which gives a good insight into what they’ve been through, how their relationship has developed and how they have come to be as close as they are.

I really liked Liam and was routing for him throughout the book….despite what he might have done.  I also found some of the other characters really likeable; others less so! I thoroughly enjoyed going on the rollercoaster ride of a story with them!

Parts of the story you can guess what is going to happen next but this just added to the excitement as most of the time I was hoping I was wrong!  There are some excellent twists in this story, especially once you start getting towards the end of the book.  The very end had me particularly shocked!  Even though I’ve now read it and know what happens, I will happily reread this again in the future.

I really did enjoyed this and would thoroughly recommend to anyone!



Thanks to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for gifting me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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