Title: Ask No Questions
Author: Lisa Hartley
Publication Date: 10th July 2017
Format: eBook ARC
Note: This book was received from the publisher in return for an honest review
About the book:
Some secrets were meant to stay hidden… Trust no-one
After an operation goes badly wrong, undercover specialist Detective Caelan Small leaves the Metropolitan Police for good. Or so she thinks. Then the criminal responsible is seen back in the UK.
Soon Caelan is drawn back into a dangerous investigation. But when the main lead is suddenly murdered, all bets are off. Nothing is as it seems. Everyone is a suspect – even close colleagues.
Someone in the Met is involved and Caelan is being told to Ask No Questions.
That isn’t an option: Caelan needs answers… whatever the cost.
What I Thought:
I wasn’t planning on or looking to take part in any blog tours when Faye asked if I would be interested in taking part in a blog tour for Ask No Questions, I was already behind in writing up my reviews and I knew I had an exam coming up that I needed to study for but I had a quick look at the blurb and decided it sounded like just my sort of book, and the date was far enough in the future that I’d be able to fit everything in, less than 48 hours later I’d requested, downloaded and finished the book!
Lisa Hartley is a completely new author to me and Ask No Questions is the first book in a series (although not the first book Lisa has published). Now I was in a bit of a slump when I first this on my Kindle app, I normally don’t really like reading more than one book at once but I was struggling with my current read, something I really loved the idea of but wasn’t quite connecting with me. I had no such problems with Ask No Questions, I started reading quite late on a Saturday night and by the time I finished the first chapter I was hooked!
The lead character in this new series is Detective Caelan Small Caelan works for the Metropolitan Police and specialises in undercover work, Ask No Questions takes place some time after an operation has gone badly wrong and Caelan has quit the force, suddenly there are reports that the main suspect from their previous case is back in the country and Caelan is convinced to come back and track him down.
Ask No Questions is most definitely a page turner! Looking back at the comments I put on Goodreads as I was reading I can see that by 22% I was completely hooked and full of questions I NEEDED answers to.
I really enjoyed the different characters throughout the book, obviously Caelan is the lead and we find out little bits of information about her as the book goes on but I definitely want to know more! She’s obviously very good at her job, but she’s still young and I’d love to explore in future books what spending so much time undercover, living as another person does to you as your own person, do you end up losing part of yourself?
Ewan Davies is an ex-soldier now working as part of the protection unit who is sent to collect Caelan at the beginning of the story – I really liked him, I think there’s a lot of potential and I hope he sticks around!
Lisa introduces a number of other characters as well, from superior officers like DAC Nasenby, Commander Penrith, and Assistant Commissioner Elizabeth Beckett, to her former colleague Sam Clifton and other supporting characters. Lisa does a wonderful job of building suspense and making you question everyone and everything. The writing is fast paced, with twists and turns to keep you guessing and surprises right from the beginning. I have to admit that I didn’t really see the ending coming, despite spending most of the book trying to guess, but I didn’t feel cheated either which is the sign of a great book, enough clues, real and false, to keep you guessing but enough laid down that you don’t feel the author’s just randomly decided something right at the end and you never had a chance to work it out.
Would I Recommend?
Absolutely I would recommend this to any of my readers who love a good crime thriller! Lisa has written a wonderfully paced and clever novel that was full of things that kept be second guessing all that had gone before. I am so pleased Faye asked me to be part of this book tour and introduced me to this fabulous book – and that epilogue?! You’ll know what I mean when you get to it! Can I have book two already please?
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