Black Heart (Detective Dan Riley #1)
‘There’s a letter on the floor covered with blood next to a heart-shaped box of chocolates. The note says: ‘My beautiful darling, I’m sorry, please forgive me.’ When the body of a wealthy banker is found with his wrists slashed in a London hotel room, it appears at first to be a tragic suicide. But Detective Dan Riley suspects there is more to this case than meets the eye and the pathology reports confirms his worst fears – the victim was poisoned and suddenly Dan is dealing with a murder enquiry. Still grieving the devastating loss of his girlfriend and unborn child in a car accident two years ago, Dan throws everything he has into the investigation. Then he makes a disturbing discovery, uncovering links between the victim and a woman calling herself Goldilocks on an online dating site. Is she seeking revenge or something more? Yet just as Dan begins to piece together the clues of this complex case, the body of a woman is found in her bed with identical wounds. Dan is on the trail of a twisted serial killer – and the stakes just got higher: The first victim was Daddy Bear. The second Mummy Bear. Unless Dan can catch the killer, Baby Bear will be next. An all-consuming and totally unputdownable read that will have you holding your breath to the very last page.Previously called Last Cry

Black Heart (Detective Dan Riley #1) Details

TitleBlack Heart (Detective Dan Riley #1)
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ReleaseJan 31st, 2018
PublisherBookouture
Rating
GenreMystery, Crime

Black Heart (Detective Dan Riley #1) Review

  • Louise Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    When the body of a wealthy banker is found with his wrists slashed in a London hotel room, it appears to be a suicide. Detective Dan Riley suspects there is more to this case than meets the eye. The pathology report confirms the victim was poisoned and Dan is now dealing with a murder enquiry. As Dan begins to piece together the clues of this complex case, a woman is found in her bed with identical wounds. Dan is now on the trail of a twisted serial killer.It is not often we get a woman serial k When the body of a wealthy banker is found with his wrists slashed in a London hotel room, it appears to be a suicide. Detective Dan Riley suspects there is more to this case than meets the eye. The pathology report confirms the victim was poisoned and Dan is now dealing with a murder enquiry. As Dan begins to piece together the clues of this complex case, a woman is found in her bed with identical wounds. Dan is now on the trail of a twisted serial killer.It is not often we get a woman serial killer. Detective Dan Riley is still a bit broken after loosing his girlfriend and their unborn baby to a drunk driving incident 2 years ago. If I have one criticism of this storyline it's that Dan seemed to be entirely consumed by her death, but hopefully we won't hear so much about it in the next book. Apart from that Dan is a really good character. This is a well written, tense, fast paced page turning read. I'm looking forward to reading the second book in this series.I would like to thank NetGalley, Bookouture and the author Anna-Lou Weatherley for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Last Cry by Anna-Lou Weatherley is the first book in the new Detective Dan Riley police procedural thriller series. But the first thing I want to mention is this one may be undergoing a title change before it’s release as my copy from Netgalley and the Goodreads listing of this one has it titled as Last Cry but the Amazon page is listing it as Black Heart, same book but conflicting titles on this one just yet.Anyway, on to the story within this first installment of the series… The book is one th Last Cry by Anna-Lou Weatherley is the first book in the new Detective Dan Riley police procedural thriller series. But the first thing I want to mention is this one may be undergoing a title change before it’s release as my copy from Netgalley and the Goodreads listing of this one has it titled as Last Cry but the Amazon page is listing it as Black Heart, same book but conflicting titles on this one just yet.Anyway, on to the story within this first installment of the series… The book is one that alternates the point of view between the killer in the story and our Detective Dan Riley. What is noticeable right away is this one goes for being different in the fact the killer is a female serial killer so that immediately had my attention and pulled me into the story. Her murders can be a bit on the graphic side and there is also a bit of animal cruelty so just a warning on both of those counts.Dan was a likable character that I think readers will enjoy. He’s getting over the death of his long time girlfriend Rachel during the book so that gave him a personable side along with the tough detective side as the investigation goes on. Perhaps he does seem a bit obsessive over the loss of his ex but I think that will be toned down a bit as the books move on. In this one though it was nice getting to know him and his past as he took on this case.By the time I was done reading this first installment I found myself looking forward to not only seeing what Dan’s next case would bring since this one had a unique quality to it but also where he will head in his personal life. A solid opener for this series that I think readers will enjoy.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    A new male detective series! Seems ages since I read one that wasn't a female. Detective Dan Riley is called to the scene of a suspected suicide at a top London hotel. It is not long before it becomes obvious that the victim was murdered. Dan and his team work to piece the clues together to try to stop this killer before they strike again.I really enjoyed this book. The main character Detective Dan Riley is likeable and vulnerable. He is still in mourning 2 years after he lost the love of his li A new male detective series! Seems ages since I read one that wasn't a female. Detective Dan Riley is called to the scene of a suspected suicide at a top London hotel. It is not long before it becomes obvious that the victim was murdered. Dan and his team work to piece the clues together to try to stop this killer before they strike again.I really enjoyed this book. The main character Detective Dan Riley is likeable and vulnerable. He is still in mourning 2 years after he lost the love of his life. He is sensitive to the victims families feelings and a dedicated cop. I can't wait to read more in this series.Thanks o Bookotoure via NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book to read in exchange for my honest opinions
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  • Monnie
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars, actually.Getting in at the beginning of a new series always makes me happy and yes, optimistic. And when it turns out that it's a winner in my book (pun intended), I'm ecstatic. Already, I'm looking forward to reading the next book featuring London Detective Dan Riley. For openers, he's an intriguing character. Two years before the book begins, his much-loved girlfriend and their unborn baby are killed in a car-motorcycle accident. He's back at work and functioning fairly well, althou 4.5 stars, actually.Getting in at the beginning of a new series always makes me happy and yes, optimistic. And when it turns out that it's a winner in my book (pun intended), I'm ecstatic. Already, I'm looking forward to reading the next book featuring London Detective Dan Riley. For openers, he's an intriguing character. Two years before the book begins, his much-loved girlfriend and their unborn baby are killed in a car-motorcycle accident. He's back at work and functioning fairly well, although it's clear he's not even close to coming to terms with her loss (truthfully, he wallows in his grief a little more often than I'd have liked). But he's making progress, and when a man is found dead in the bathtub of a posh hotel room with his wrists cut, Dan goes in for a closer look and determines that the manner of death probably isn't suicide. When the subsequent pathology reports bear out his suspicion, Dan finds himself in the throes of a murder investigation.Early clues, including a note signed "Daddy Bear" and a relatively expensive stuffed teddy bear suggest a sex-for-hire gone horribly wrong, but something makes Dan's nose start to twitch and think something even more evil may be at play. When another body is discovered - with the same M.O. right down to another teddy bear - it brings to Dan's mind the old fairy tale, "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." That, in turn, presents a problem that puts an even greater rush on finding the killer: If both Daddy Bear and Mama Bear are down for the count, can Baby Bear be far behind?So, the race is on to keep that from happening. Chapters switch from Dan's perspective to that of the killer (readers learn the identity of the woman, who's known by multiple names including - surprise! - Goldilocks, early on). What she's doing is clear from the start; why she's doing it - and whether she'll be caught before she can add her intended finish to the fairy tale - help build suspense and tension right up to the end.Overall, though, this is a very enjoyable, fast-paced book, and I applaud the author for creating an intriguing character who shows much promise for many more to come. For the opportunity to read an advance copy in exchange for an honest review, I heartily thank the publisher (via NetGalley).
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  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    "Fear is the most debilitating of all the emotions. It paralyses you, governs your every waking moment and thought. It conditions you. And I lived in fear."When a wealthy older man is found with his wrists slit, bled out in a bathtub at an expensive hotel, DI Daniel Riley is called to the scene. It becomes immediately apparent that this was only made to look like a suicide. Something more sinister is going on here. As he and his team investigate and find ties to "Goldilocks" and "Daddy Bear", th "Fear is the most debilitating of all the emotions. It paralyses you, governs your every waking moment and thought. It conditions you. And I lived in fear."When a wealthy older man is found with his wrists slit, bled out in a bathtub at an expensive hotel, DI Daniel Riley is called to the scene. It becomes immediately apparent that this was only made to look like a suicide. Something more sinister is going on here. As he and his team investigate and find ties to "Goldilocks" and "Daddy Bear", they are quite certain that another murder will soon take place as the killer completes the story. But what is the reason for The Three Bears theme and the deaths? "Sometimes there is no why." NO SPOILERS. You must get this immediately and read it to find out!This was a very fast paced and extremely well written thriller with some interesting characters -- in fact, I can't wait for #2 so that I can get to know DI Riley better. I really empathized with him, (but can we give the whole Rachel thing a rest now - it was a little much) and he seems to be a good, decent man who likely will get his head back in the game shortly. The other members of his team aren't that known to us yet, but very curious about them as well. I see a lot of potential for developing this series.Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the e-book ARC to read and review. I definitely recommend it as one of the best detective novels I've read lately. It was very hard to put down! SO, Anna-Lou Weatherley, a new author to me, where is your second book -- please don't make me beg or wait too long!
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  • Kavita Kumar-Karthik
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars !!Before I begin I would like to state that I really wanted to like this book more, simply because it's been a long time I've not read a female serial killer plot. The book began well, and we got a pretty good viewing of the murder in progress and how psychotic the killer actually is. The murder was pretty gruesome, although she took efforts for the man to not feel the pain while life ebbed out of him. When she left the Teddy Bear in his hotel room, I was intrigued. I thought we had a 3.5 stars !!Before I begin I would like to state that I really wanted to like this book more, simply because it's been a long time I've not read a female serial killer plot. The book began well, and we got a pretty good viewing of the murder in progress and how psychotic the killer actually is. The murder was pretty gruesome, although she took efforts for the man to not feel the pain while life ebbed out of him. When she left the Teddy Bear in his hotel room, I was intrigued. I thought we had a good premise for an amazing plot. Then, we saw that the killer was a frequent visitor on online dating sites, which made me think maybe the killer was dishing out revenge to the cheaters and she is going to give Dan a run for his money. I was let down when she chose her next victim, who could be easily linked to her. A smart girl, our killer wasn't !! She was least calculative and not at all ruthless, if you know what I mean, when it comes to serial killers. In fact, sometimes, I felt just because she was planning to kill 3, as a part of a story, did not make her a serial killer. She lacked the calculative, mean and smart streak most serial killers have. Our killer had a very disturbing childhood, and she has gone cra-cra. That's the best I could come up with.And our boy, Dan Riley, was altogether a let down. The book had a lot about his personal life and less of investigation. In fact, they were able to identify the killer only when she made a stupid stupid amateur mistake. Like I said, the investigation was a let down, hardly any sleuthing. What also pissed me off, was the lack of cop instincts in Dan.The last thing which totally turned me off was the killer's motive behind following "Goldilocks and the Three bears" in her kills. Normally, in serial killers, we see the killers trying to take revenge on someone from their past. There is a definite trend or logic, and this story seemed most illogical to me. The only explanation I could come up with is, that she just lost her mind and wanted to self-destruct. Now, I am a super-obsessed fan of the 'In Death' series by JD Robb, which kind of sets the benchmark for serial killer plots for me, so consider me biased. And this plot, was a far far cry from what it could have been. Ha ! You see what I did there ?? No ? Yes ? Not funny ?? Whatever !! Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for generously providing me an ARC in exchange of honest reviews
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  • Marialyce
    January 1, 1970
    One would imagine that working in law enforcement can make a person immune to how awful humanity can sometimes be. You would imagine that every horrible crime you see hits up against your store of empathy, making you become hardened to the world and the work you do.In the first of a new series, we are introduced to Detective Dan Riley, a man who two years ago through a drunk driving incident, had lost his girlfriend and their unborn child. Dan tries hard to forget but the love he had for this wo One would imagine that working in law enforcement can make a person immune to how awful humanity can sometimes be. You would imagine that every horrible crime you see hits up against your store of empathy, making you become hardened to the world and the work you do.In the first of a new series, we are introduced to Detective Dan Riley, a man who two years ago through a drunk driving incident, had lost his girlfriend and their unborn child. Dan tries hard to forget but the love he had for this woman was all encompassing and he is left adrift in a sea of emotions. However, Dan is a cop and emotions are something of a luxury to what a policeman does.There has been a death of a middle aged man in a hotel room. It is later discovered that it was a murder due to poisoning and wrists being slashed. Dan discovers links to a person named Goldilocks and the hunt is on. Is this person acting out of revenge or is there something else going on? Recalling the story of Goldilocks and the three bears, which the murderer seems to be emulating, Dan knows there will be other deaths. Before long he is right as another body, that of a woman turns up. Now all that is left is the baby bear in this macabre retelling of the story. Will Dan be able to find Goldilocks? Does he realize how close he is to the murderer? I so liked the character Dan Riley that Ms Weatherley has created. He was complex but filled with empathy showing just how much he cared for those left after a crime was committed. He was not a hardened policeman, but one that seemed to be involved in the suffering of those that were left behind. He recalled so much of his time with his girlfriend, so much so that he was able to share the grief of those who loved the victims. I am glad that the author has decided that Dan will be back in the next book of the series.Thank you to the author, the publisher and netgalley for an advanced copy of this book. I am hoping that the next one will be as addictive as this book was.
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  • Kristy K
    January 1, 1970
    3.25 StarsThis mystery novel starts out strong but then slowly wanes. We open to a scene of an unknown woman murdering the man she's sleeping with. Then we cut to the detective on the case and continue going back and forth between the two.I liked the idea of a female serial killer and that she used a fairy tale in a messed up way to choose her victims. While we always know who she is, Det. Dan Riley does not and I liked seeing him try to solve the case knowing how far or close he was getting.For 3.25 StarsThis mystery novel starts out strong but then slowly wanes. We open to a scene of an unknown woman murdering the man she's sleeping with. Then we cut to the detective on the case and continue going back and forth between the two.I liked the idea of a female serial killer and that she used a fairy tale in a messed up way to choose her victims. While we always know who she is, Det. Dan Riley does not and I liked seeing him try to solve the case knowing how far or close he was getting.For the most part, Det. Riley is a decent character. He's had tragedy in his life and has become a bit of a cynic because of his job, but he is a largely likeable character. The thing that bothered me is how obsessively he thought about his deceased fiance. I understand that this impacted and changed his life significantly, however it got to the point where I started skimming the parts where he reminiscences or thinks of what she'd do or say, because it seemed so repetitive and not always in line with the main story line (the murders).Weatherley does a good job writing this mystery that will be perfect for fans of Lisa Gardner. I look forward to the next book in the series.
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  • Book Addict Shaun
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. I have enjoyed Anna-Lou's previous books and was excited to read something a little different from her with this new series focusing on Detective Dan Riley. Last Cry wasn't a perfect read and, actually, it took me longer than I would have liked to get into the story but once I was hooked there was no putting my Kindle down until I reached the end. Anna-Lou has created an incredibly thought-provoking book with Last Cry. I'm not sure 'enjoy' would be the right word to describe h I loved this book. I have enjoyed Anna-Lou's previous books and was excited to read something a little different from her with this new series focusing on Detective Dan Riley. Last Cry wasn't a perfect read and, actually, it took me longer than I would have liked to get into the story but once I was hooked there was no putting my Kindle down until I reached the end. Anna-Lou has created an incredibly thought-provoking book with Last Cry. I'm not sure 'enjoy' would be the right word to describe how I felt following the Goldilocks killer, but there was something so addictive about this character that she has created that I couldn't read quick enough trying to work her out and understand her mind. At first I wanted to roll my eyes at how things developed between her and Dan Riley, but as the book then progressed I really enjoyed that part of the story and actually, it helped me to understand the characters more and it helped Dan's character become in my mind someone that I actually cared about and left me wanting to read more about him personally, which is always the sign of a good series as the main character is just as important as the storyline. Dan grew on me as the story progressed, in the beginning he just felt like another bog-standard detective but by the end of the story he was definitely his own character. I was impressed towards the end with the scenes focusing on the psychopathy of the Goldilocks killer and what had made her into the woman she had become when the story began. Anna-Lou goes into great detail and whilst this woman is clearly a cold-blooded killer, at the same time the book, as I said earlier is incredibly thought-provoking because it isn't as clear as that and it really makes you think about why this woman became the way she did and it really made me think about how different her life could have been, and how her past had played a huge part in the person that she became when she was older. Certainly the closing scenes left a lasting impression on me and they played out quite vividly in my mind and those last scenes in particular were probably some of my favourite in the whole story. I have read a few duds from Bookouture recently which isn't like them at all but I absolutely loved Last Cry and will not be using any of the usual cliches of how you will love this story if you enjoyed this or that book, or comparing some popular author who because they write thrillers must mean you will enjoy this book. Quite simply, you'll enjoy this book if you are a fan of crime fiction, specifically crime fiction which has you thinking as you read and crime fiction with strong characters and a gripping storyline. I hope the wait for the next Dan Riley book isn't too far away.
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  • Eva
    January 1, 1970
    Bloody hell! Give me a minute to pick my jaw up off the floor and figure out how to write coherent sentences.When the body of a wealthy man is found in a hotel bathtub with his wrists slashed, it seems this case is nothing more than a tragic suicide. But Detective Dan Riley isn’t convinced and it soon becomes apparent the man was poisoned. Who would want to hurt this man and why?The who is fairly obvious from the start. The why leads to a an utterly heartbreaking story and despite the horrible a Bloody hell! Give me a minute to pick my jaw up off the floor and figure out how to write coherent sentences.When the body of a wealthy man is found in a hotel bathtub with his wrists slashed, it seems this case is nothing more than a tragic suicide. But Detective Dan Riley isn’t convinced and it soon becomes apparent the man was poisoned. Who would want to hurt this man and why?The who is fairly obvious from the start. The why leads to a an utterly heartbreaking story and despite the horrible acts this serial killer is committing, you can’t help but feel sorry for them. I found these parts to be brilliantly written and an interesting character study. This serial killer is on a mission, which results in a race against the clock to make sure they won’t succeed in their plan.And then there’s our main character, Dan. He’s so different from the average detective I tend to read about. A copper with a heart of gold, who’s able to sympathise on various levels because of his own personal loss. He knows what it’s like to receive that particular bad news, the shock of it all, the grief and how hard it is to move on. He’s one of those characters you can’t help but gravitate towards and you’re rooting for him in every way. In my head, I’ve even already fixed him up with another character. That’s how much I want him to be happy! 😄This is an absolutely amazing start to the Dan Riley series. Black Heart has everything. The original premise had me hooked from start to finish and this sordid tale is incredibly gripping, compelling and addictive. Quite frankly, I’m a little unsure as to how Anna-Lou Weatherley can top this (no pressure!) but I’ll be using my elbows to make sure I’m first in line when book two in the series hits the shelves.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Serial killers are something I have always been fascinated by. Even more so when it’s a woman. So I was very intrigued to workout what made her tick.The story flicks between the female serial killer, of who we don’t know exactly who she is, she is as much a mystery to us as she is to the police and Dan, who is the detective working on the case.Dan I was instantly drawn to. He is troubled as a lot of these crime fiction detectives seem to be yet he is still very likeable. Even though he is trying Serial killers are something I have always been fascinated by. Even more so when it’s a woman. So I was very intrigued to workout what made her tick.The story flicks between the female serial killer, of who we don’t know exactly who she is, she is as much a mystery to us as she is to the police and Dan, who is the detective working on the case.Dan I was instantly drawn to. He is troubled as a lot of these crime fiction detectives seem to be yet he is still very likeable. Even though he is trying his best to start moving on with his life he doesn’t seem to be able to let the past go. His dead girlfriend never seems to be far from his thoughts.I know I’m supposed to dislike the serial killer and in a way I did. I think because we tend not to see many female serial killers, she really stood out to me and I just found her fascinating. What she is doing is very wrong yet as a reader it thrilled me as well as chilling me to the very core.Black Heart is a thrilling start to what looks set to be a criminally good crime series! A chilling case that had me pounding through the pages. Can’t wait to read more.My thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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  • Renita D'Silva
    January 1, 1970
    Brilliant! From the electrifying first chapter, this book had me hooked and I could not put it down until I had got to the end. This writer is assured and delivers a perfect mystery. Original and compelling, this story stands out, in a league of its own. I loved this book from beginning to end and cannot wait for her next. SO thrilled I discovered this author. Another one to watch out for.
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  • 3 no 7
    January 1, 1970
    “The Last Cry” by Anna-Lou Weatherly starts with a graphic descriptions of the violent killing of a man in an expensive hotel and the twisted, psychotic woman who committed the murder. London Detective Dan Riley is assigned to solve the case. Riley is a multifaceted character with a complex backstory that includes a girlfriend and unborn child who were killed in an accident. Although the initial cause of death is suspected to be suicide or sex-for-hire gone wrong, Riley thinks the teddy bear lef “The Last Cry” by Anna-Lou Weatherly starts with a graphic descriptions of the violent killing of a man in an expensive hotel and the twisted, psychotic woman who committed the murder. London Detective Dan Riley is assigned to solve the case. Riley is a multifaceted character with a complex backstory that includes a girlfriend and unborn child who were killed in an accident. Although the initial cause of death is suspected to be suicide or sex-for-hire gone wrong, Riley thinks the teddy bear left as a calling card hints that this might not be the case. Things get problematical when another body is discovered with the same teddy bear; the investigation team knows that something or someone very cruel is at work. The story continues at a fast pace in narratives alternating between the killer’s point of view and that of Riley who is trying to find the killer before the body count rises again. This allows the reader to evaluate the events and the aftermath of the events from various points of viewThe Last Cry” is a fast-paced book, with unusual and intriguing characters. I received a copy of “The Last Cry” from Anna-Lou Weatherly, Bookcouture, and NetGalley. I recommend it, with the caveat that it contains some graphic and violent content. This is the first book in the “Dan Riley” series, and I look forward to reading the next installment.
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  • Rachel Gilbey
    January 1, 1970
    It is always tough when an author you love decides to start writing in a different genre, do you stay with them and trust that once a good writer always a good writer, or do you not take the risk even though you do like the new genre, and move on. Well with Anna-Lou Weatherley has switched genres and its a very good effort, there are elements of this book that I absolutely loved while other sections that just frustrated me. I loved the first couple of chapters, I was thinking, ok its a change of It is always tough when an author you love decides to start writing in a different genre, do you stay with them and trust that once a good writer always a good writer, or do you not take the risk even though you do like the new genre, and move on. Well with Anna-Lou Weatherley has switched genres and its a very good effort, there are elements of this book that I absolutely loved while other sections that just frustrated me. I loved the first couple of chapters, I was thinking, ok its a change of genre but this has a touch of the familiar about it, in terms of style etc.. The woman in the first chapter is a bit of an enigma and you learn quite quickly that she is key to the story and we keep getting insights into her every few chapters, which is a nice touch. In the mean time we have Detective Dan Riley, who is clearly a detective who cares about justice and getting the right result, and finding the killer. In fact he has a fabulous intuition that makes him realise things about the case a lot quicker than other cops would have done. However as much as I was interested in the solving of the crimes, and the motivation behind them, Dan on another level completely bugged me. Yes he was grieving but there seemed to be almost continual mentions of his "perfect" dead girlfriend, and the love they had, the relationship etc, that I think I sort of tuned those bits out in the end. I found Last Cry to be interesting, and its certainly a promising first book in the series. For section of the book I was hooked but then, I found the story went a bit flat before picking up again. It just didn't grab me quite as much as I would have liked. That being said its clearly got good writing, and I loved the villain's storyline and found that great. There were also some bad attempts at humour that did have me smiling, only because the jokes were that bad. I would definitely be interested in the next book of the series, as I think that as this author gets into her stride as a crime writer that she will be fabulous. Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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  • Philomena Callan Cheekypee
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book in the Detective Dan Riley series. Detective Dan Riley is still coming to terms with the death of his girlfriend and unborn baby in an accident two years ago. When Dan is called to a posh hotel a suspected suicide ends up as a murder which Dan investigates. The race is on to find the murderer when a similar murder leaves clues that there will be another murder. This is told through two points of view- Detective Dan Riley and the killer. This is a well written fast paced th This is the first book in the Detective Dan Riley series. Detective Dan Riley is still coming to terms with the death of his girlfriend and unborn baby in an accident two years ago. When Dan is called to a posh hotel a suspected suicide ends up as a murder which Dan investigates. The race is on to find the murderer when a similar murder leaves clues that there will be another murder. This is told through two points of view- Detective Dan Riley and the killer. This is a well written fast paced thriller that I really enjoyed. I’m looking forward to reading more of this series.
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  • Leslynn
    January 1, 1970
    Could have been a 4-star book as it has a good story line, and the characters are well-developed. But, the protagonist's constant reminiscence of the (view spoiler)[ dead girlfriend is annoying and detracts from the story. (hide spoiler)]
  • Julie Lacey
    January 1, 1970
    This is a great start to a new series and I look forward to the next DI Dan Riley book. Dan is struggling to cope with life following the death of his fiancé but a murder soon has him focusing on finding the killer. The murders are made to look like suicide but Dan and his colleagues soon realise it’s actually murder. The killer is not what you’d expect and as you get an insight into their mind you realise their life has been very troubled. I really like Dan and really felt for him at times when This is a great start to a new series and I look forward to the next DI Dan Riley book. Dan is struggling to cope with life following the death of his fiancé but a murder soon has him focusing on finding the killer. The murders are made to look like suicide but Dan and his colleagues soon realise it’s actually murder. The killer is not what you’d expect and as you get an insight into their mind you realise their life has been very troubled. I really like Dan and really felt for him at times when the loss of his fiancé gets too much for him. I’d recommend this book to all crime thriller fans. Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for giving me the opportunity to read this book.
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  • Maranda
    January 1, 1970
    I love a good crime drama and of course the challenge of who is behind the killings and why. Big part of these novels is the forensic and the investigative skill that the detectives use to save the day. Although "Last Cry" had some exciting moments and well rounded characters; the read made me cringe at the graphic murder sequence taken by our killer. Knowing who the killer is from the start the only suspense is catching her and what has led her to these actions. Detective Dan Riley works the ca I love a good crime drama and of course the challenge of who is behind the killings and why. Big part of these novels is the forensic and the investigative skill that the detectives use to save the day. Although "Last Cry" had some exciting moments and well rounded characters; the read made me cringe at the graphic murder sequence taken by our killer. Knowing who the killer is from the start the only suspense is catching her and what has led her to these actions. Detective Dan Riley works the case but seems unable to move smoothly through the clues because of the prior death of his girl friend. Weatherley had some interesting secondary characters that with more inclusion in the story could have made this more enjoyable. "A copy of this book was provided by Bookouture via NetGalley with not requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
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  • Rosa
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to give this book in trade for an honest review.Review also published on my blog : Last Cry (Detective Dan Riley #1)Story and plotThis is a fast pacing story with 2 points of view : killer and detective. For the most part, the story seemed to be narrated by Dan Riley (the detective). Not until the middle of the book that we know that killer has a name, Rebecca Harper. This is quite interesting to expect because I’ve been waiting to know t Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to give this book in trade for an honest review.Review also published on my blog : Last Cry (Detective Dan Riley #1)Story and plotThis is a fast pacing story with 2 points of view : killer and detective. For the most part, the story seemed to be narrated by Dan Riley (the detective). Not until the middle of the book that we know that killer has a name, Rebecca Harper. This is quite interesting to expect because I’ve been waiting to know the background and of the killer. Because at times, she seems crazy but also she shows compassion to her victim. It’s a weird combination come to think of it. Usually when I read stories about serial killer, they were usually just mad, crazy, uncontrolled. Not this one.All the murders look like suicide. At first glance, it does looks like it. But as the story goes, the murder is connected to the story of Goldilocks and the three bears: Daddy bear, Mummy bear and Baby bear. A calling card of teddy bear being left at the scene is what opens the clue. But not the killer. The plot is so twisted that it is very unusual. Throughout the story, we were introduced to a kind of sadness that shrouds both the detective and the killer. Each has their own reason to be what they are now. It’s an interesting read when they actually met and connected with each other without really know who the other person is. I kept wondering during the entire book, until in the end they realize who they were in real life.What I like from this story is the killer has good reason to kill all her victims. She just wanted to absolve her past. The killing is like repeating her past and it’s a very sad life. Reading her story makes me reflect to become a better parent. Although it’s just a story, but there’s a true ring in there.The charactersDaniel Riley as the main detective character has an issue of moving on. He’s shrouded in sadness since his girlfriend is killed and he’s trying to continue on living (without much success). It’s quite cute actually to see a male character that is not all about testosterone. So…yeah…this guy might be too overly sensitive, but he got the job done. Rebecca Harper, as the killer appears to be a tougher character here, judged by her messed up past. She was falsely accused, put in an asylum, stamped crazy and yet she survived.The interesting part is when they both met on a date and doesn’t have a clue on what’s really going on! It’s so exciting to read it. The relationship between the characters is also entwined quite nice. Not too much drama apart from Daniel who seemed to be very blue during the whole story until the end.The endIt’s not what I expected…but yes…it has an end for everybody. I just want to quote the last excerpt from the book that touches my heart. It would apply to everybody. A very interesting quote to end the story and makes me wonder how’s the life of Detective Dan Riley on the next book. Can’t wait to read the next story in the series (if there’s one).万事开头难 (wàn shì kāi tóu nán ) All things are difficult before they are easy.Recommended for those who likes fast reading mystery & crime story with a very interesting plot twist, strong female character, unusual background story and killer
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  • Dee-Cee It's all about the books
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second book I have read by Anna-Lou Weatherley and having previously loved Pleasure Island i was really looking forward to reading Black Heart.The description had me totally intrigued and the cover is fabulous, it really stands out.Two years ago Detective Dan Riley lost his girlfriend and unborn child in a terrible accident, he’s still mourning the loss but trying to also move on. He’s called to the scene of an apparent suicide but he’s not convinced all is as it seems and his instin This is the second book I have read by Anna-Lou Weatherley and having previously loved Pleasure Island i was really looking forward to reading Black Heart.The description had me totally intrigued and the cover is fabulous, it really stands out.Two years ago Detective Dan Riley lost his girlfriend and unborn child in a terrible accident, he’s still mourning the loss but trying to also move on. He’s called to the scene of an apparent suicide but he’s not convinced all is as it seems and his instincts are telling him to dig deeper.Dan’s a cracking character, he’s still quite vulnerable after the loss of his girlfriend and is struggling to let go but he’s a determined detective and a blooming good one at that. I really took to Dan, he’s quite a different character to the usual detectives and I can’t quite put my finger on why. Maybe it’s because he has a sympathy that really shows for the victims and their families, an understanding of sorts. Or maybe it’s the love he still shows for his girlfriend, it was a true love and one that will stay deep in his heart. Either way I’m really excited to see where Anna-Lou Weatherley takes Dan in the future.The story is a wee bit gory in parts but I loved that, it’s maybe not for the faint hearted and at some points throughout the book I could feel me toes curling and the images that were created in my head will stay for a while. That’s the sign of a good book though in my opinion. The story is very engrossing and is told from the point of view of Dan and Goldilocks. I was racing through the pages desperate to get to the next chapter and I have to say it’s quite edge of your seat stuff. It’s not a story you can say you’ll just read one more chapter because on quite a few occasions it’s left on a cliff hanger so you have to read on. I ended up reading it all in one sitting.So without giving anything away I’ll just say that Black Heart is an edge of your seat, toe curling thriller that will have you totally engrossed, one I will be highly recommending and a cracking start to a new series.
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  • Colette Lamberth
    January 1, 1970
    I always have slightly higher expectations of any book that is badged as the first in a series as I’m hoping it will be good enough that I will want to read the rest of the series. My verdict here is that yes I want to see what the author does with Detective Inspector Dan Riley next. It was clear from the blurb that he is still grieving and at times it did feel like that would overwhelm the story however the author did a good job of balancing it out with the murder enquiry. The Goldilocks and th I always have slightly higher expectations of any book that is badged as the first in a series as I’m hoping it will be good enough that I will want to read the rest of the series. My verdict here is that yes I want to see what the author does with Detective Inspector Dan Riley next. It was clear from the blurb that he is still grieving and at times it did feel like that would overwhelm the story however the author did a good job of balancing it out with the murder enquiry. The Goldilocks and the 3 bears theme gave this a unique twist certainly caused me some concern in respect of Baby Bear. No spoilers, so if you want to know the outcome you will need to read it.I received an ARC of Last Cry via NetGalley and my thanks to Bookouture for that.
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    review to follow as part of blog tour on 3rd February 2018
  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    When you think of fairy tales you automatically think of the Disney effect, don't you? Well before Disney, fairy tales had a much darker heart and a much darker feeling, courtesy of the Brothers Grimm. Well Black Heart is a new take on an old classic with far more in common with the Grimm tales than the sparkly fairy dust, hearts and flowers.This is a serial killer novel with a difference. A murderer with a very unique calling card and a disturbing story to tell. They are not unknown to the read When you think of fairy tales you automatically think of the Disney effect, don't you? Well before Disney, fairy tales had a much darker heart and a much darker feeling, courtesy of the Brothers Grimm. Well Black Heart is a new take on an old classic with far more in common with the Grimm tales than the sparkly fairy dust, hearts and flowers.This is a serial killer novel with a difference. A murderer with a very unique calling card and a disturbing story to tell. They are not unknown to the reader, their identity revealed very early in the novel, and indeed a proportion of the story told from their point of view. Their motives though ... not entirely clear. Their methods ... well it's almost old school in a sense but oh so effective. And as their plan is uncovered the end game stands to be the most shocking and potentially heartbreaking story of all.The central protagonist in this book is Detective Inspector Dan Riley. Now this guy is broken emotionally having lost his partner and their unborn child some years before. He is still a very keen Detective but it is clear that he is hurting and decisions he makes in the course of the story have the potential to upend the investigation completely. We as readers know things that Dan doesn't and it makes this a very interesting premise. His story is told in first person narrative so we are privy to his emotions and decisions and it makes the book read more in the style of an American PI novel than your typical police procedural. It took a little getting used to at first but as I got to know Dan more I found the easy and open style of his narration made for a very exciting read.The story itself is gripping as you can see early on where it is likely to be leading. You even know, to a certain extent, who one of the future victims may well be. And there are elements which will make you smile as the knowledge we have as readers is often something that the police have yet to discover. And there are certain aspects of the book, certain coincidences, which will make you smile as well as often despair.The pacing of this book is not always the fastest, but there are some chapters where the level of jeopardy is high and you will be kept on the edge of your seat as you wonder how far the killer is willing to go. Can they truly be as heartless as their actions make them out to be or is there another side to them? As you learn more of the killers past, you may feel some empathy, perhaps even understanding, if not absolute forgiveness for their actions. Is there possibly any redemption for such a cruel killer? Well read the book and decide for yourselves.I really liked the characters that the author created in and amongst Riley's team. Although Riley is the main officer on the investigation, and a lot of the action and investigation centres on him, there are other characters who have made an impression and I am intrigued to see how they are developed in future novels. PC Lucy Davis is one who I think has real potential, as does Riley's superior Woods who is harsh but has the best interests of his team in mind. And there are others, Martin Delaney for one, who looks set to be a thorn in Riley's side.If you like your fairy tales with a darker edge, then this is the perfect read for you. An exciting opening to the series and I can't wait to read more about Dan Riley and his team.
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  • Diana
    January 1, 1970
    https://ahavenforbooklovers.wordpress...Dan Riley is now one of my favorite detectives. I was a bit disoriented when I first met him though. I read the blurb a while back and I guess I had completely forgotten it by the time I picked this book again. I thought Dan was a bit different and that is when it hit me, I have been reading so many crime thrillers with female lead detectives that it took a minute to adjust to a male lead. Don’t get me wrong, I do love female detectives especially Erika Fo https://ahavenforbooklovers.wordpress...Dan Riley is now one of my favorite detectives. I was a bit disoriented when I first met him though. I read the blurb a while back and I guess I had completely forgotten it by the time I picked this book again. I thought Dan was a bit different and that is when it hit me, I have been reading so many crime thrillers with female lead detectives that it took a minute to adjust to a male lead. Don’t get me wrong, I do love female detectives especially Erika Foster and Robyn Carter. However, it was nice to meet a different new favorite.Riley is the lead detective in a twisted, serial killer murder case. The serial killer has been using the name Goldilocks. This killer seems inspired by the fairy-tale, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and is committing murders picking victims using the storybook as the criterion. As mentioned in the blurb, the first victim is Daddy Bear. This murder occurs in the first chapters of the book hence setting the tone for the story. I was immediately intrigued by the killer and the crime. The teddy bear calling card and the MO were both chilling and intriguing. Naturally, I was curious about Mummy Bear and Baby Bear. I wondered how the killer will select the victims and if the police would be able to solve the case fast enough. I was also curious about the choice of the fairy-tale.The story is narrated through alternating POVs between Detective Riley and the killer. I am usually drawn to the darker narrations but in this case, I enjoyed both narrations because the two characters were fascinating with complicated, strong personalities. I like detectives who have interesting back stories and are not just about the job. Riley had a sad story and his personal life interspersed with the investigation brilliantly without taking the focus away from the case. You need to read the book to get exactly what I mean by this.The only thing that bothered me a little was the conflict resolution. I expected more especially given how the entire story was narrated. The tension escalated towards the end and I expected something more dramatic. Nevertheless, I did enjoy the ending. Black Heart is the first book in the Detective Dan Riley series and I am excited to see where the author will take this
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  • Emma Star Crossed Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews I received this book for free For A Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Thank you to Bookouture for my copy of this book. This is the first book I have read by Anna-Lou and I think that I would enjoy her other books too which are chick-lit based. This is the first in a new series following Detective Dan Riley. I really like Detective Dan. He's genuine. He's a This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews I received this book for free For A Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Thank you to Bookouture for my copy of this book. This is the first book I have read by Anna-Lou and I think that I would enjoy her other books too which are chick-lit based. This is the first in a new series following Detective Dan Riley. I really like Detective Dan. He's genuine. He's a good Copper and he really cares about making a difference. Dan's grief is overwhelming at times just like it is in life. Two years may have passed but grief doesn't care about the passing of time. The thing about grief is that you can think you're doing great, you're getting on with life and then the simplest of things can knock you down. A smell for example can evoke a memory that will sucker punch you and its like you've lost that person all over again. For Dan Rachel hasn't left him. He hasn't dealt with his grief which as a Copper could be quite dangerous. I am looking forward to seeing more of his character as the series progresses. The book switches perspective from Dan to our killer. I have to say I rather enjoyed the chapters from the killer's POV. It was very interesting to see inside her head. Sometimes she was rather normal but other times she had such a different view of the world to what I have that it was quite an eye opener.  At times you actually feel sorry for her and what she has been through which can only come from very skilled writing.Anna-Lou does an excellent job of pulling you in from the very first chapter. The beginning is very fast paced and I raced through the first half of the book. There was a lot going on and I was intrigued. The middle was a little slow and at times I just wanted to speed through. But the end was worth the wait. I also really liked Davis. She is an excellent copper and I can see her rising through the ranks. I hope we get to see a little more of her as the series progresses. Touchy is also an enjoyable character who I look forward to seeing again. I can't wait for Detective Dan's next case and I think I will try to check out some of Anna-Lou's other books in the meantime. 
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  • lexlooksatbooks
    January 1, 1970
    *** Review is also live on my blog! ***I want to start by saying I haven’t read any of Anna Lou-Weatherley’s and I understand that she has written quite a few romance books so I can’t comment on her writing from Romance to Thriller!Wow I loved this so much more than I was expecting to! I feel like I managed to fly through this and felt like this was such a well written book and was just a pleasure to read. And the plot, oh the plot was fabulous. It was such an interesting story and I really en *** Review is also live on my blog! ***I want to start by saying I haven’t read any of Anna Lou-Weatherley’s and I understand that she has written quite a few romance books so I can’t comment on her writing from Romance to Thriller!Wow I loved this so much more than I was expecting to! I feel like I managed to fly through this and felt like this was such a well written book and was just a pleasure to read. And the plot, oh the plot was fabulous. It was such an interesting story and I really enjoyed the incorporation of Golidilocks and the 3 bears and the way that everything with killer was linked was great. The only thing I felt was left unfinished was how the killer had all the money to get the lovely flat that they were living in! But in all honesty, that was just one small thing and I really enjoyed everything else and felt it was wrapped up so well. The book was the perfect length and I didn’t feel like it needed any more or that it was too long and dragged on.I’ve seen a few reviews saying that they didn’t like that Dan was so mopey about his dead girlfriend Rachel and that everything that happens or that he does reminds him of her and their time together. really enjoyed this aspect however; Dan and Rachel didn’t simply split up, she was taken from him in a terrible unexpected accident which also killed their unborn child. I can therefore completely empathise with him not being able to let go of Rachel and her memory and it must be even harder for him since he’s getting out on the dating scene and trying again. It made him seem human and like he had feelings which I think sometimes can get overlooked in police procedurals and they can end flat and emotionless.This was told in a dual POV; the killers POV which is always intriguing and I loved seeing that point of view as you get to obviously see their motivations for the killings and why they’re doing what they’re doing. And it was even more intriguing in this book as we got to see the characters different personality traits coming through. The second POV is Detective Dan Riley and we follow him as he tried to get his dating life started again and also as he;s trying to suss out who the killer is.
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  • Sophie Eminson
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my lord. I have to say that I have been taken on a journey reading Last Cry by Anna-Lou Weatherley. I love serial killer fiction, even more so when the killer is a woman, and even more again when we get to see her perspective. Last Cry ticks all of those boxes for me; it’s exactly the kind of novel I would write, and tried to in NaNo! I saw the term ‘grip lit’ used recently and it is the perfect way to describe this novel.Last Cry will be published on 31 January 2018 by Bookouture.The story:T Oh my lord. I have to say that I have been taken on a journey reading Last Cry by Anna-Lou Weatherley. I love serial killer fiction, even more so when the killer is a woman, and even more again when we get to see her perspective. Last Cry ticks all of those boxes for me; it’s exactly the kind of novel I would write, and tried to in NaNo! I saw the term ‘grip lit’ used recently and it is the perfect way to describe this novel.Last Cry will be published on 31 January 2018 by Bookouture.The story:Told from a third-person perspective of the killer’s view, and a first-person perspective of the detective assigned to her case, Last Cry tells the tale of a woman who wants to tell a story through murder. Detective Riley is called in when a suspected suicide is discovered in a hotel. It quickly becomes clear that it is a homicide, and a witch hunt ensues for his suspected female killer. Along the way, the reader learns about Riley’s troubled past, his deceased girlfriend Rachel and watch him try to rebuild himself whilst solving the case. The reader also sees our killer as she goes through her daily life, how she chooses her victims, befriends them and makes them trust her. Weatherley dives into the mind of a psychopath and explores intuition, how people really respond to certain things, and why we can never truly trust our own judgement.DI Riley was one of my favourite characters; he is painted real and raw. Because of his past, there is another layer to him, and the continuous mentions of Rachel show the reader just how vulnerable he is. Even toward the end, the reader is still faced with the realness of his thoughts and feelings towards people, so they can choose how to judge him. I felt that the killer was very well-characterised. She is everything that you would want in a female serial killer because you can actually relate to the way she feels toward other humans; potentially not extreme enough to murder anyone, but you can certainly see where her rage comes from.To finish reading the review: romanticsrebelsandreviews.wordpress.c...
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    An apparent suicide in an exclusive London hotel soon has alarm bells ringing for Detective Dan Riley, his fears being realized when pathology reveals that the victim, a wealthy banker, was poisoned. Finding a link between the murdered man and a woman calling herself ‘Goldilocks’ on an online dating site, Dan is soon on the hunt for a serial killer as another victim is found – this time a woman. Daddy Bear… Mummy Bear… Can Dan put an end to the killings before the next victim, Baby Bear is found An apparent suicide in an exclusive London hotel soon has alarm bells ringing for Detective Dan Riley, his fears being realized when pathology reveals that the victim, a wealthy banker, was poisoned. Finding a link between the murdered man and a woman calling herself ‘Goldilocks’ on an online dating site, Dan is soon on the hunt for a serial killer as another victim is found – this time a woman. Daddy Bear… Mummy Bear… Can Dan put an end to the killings before the next victim, Baby Bear is found?I was drawn in right from the very start of the book where we are thrown straight into what is to become the first crime scene. The killer, ‘Goldilocks’ is a strange character, though, as although she took great care to make it look like suicide, she made enough mistakes for anyone with a trained eye to realize that it was definitely a case of murder. This made me wonder what her motives were and whether she actually wanted to be caught. This seemed to be confirmed with her choice of second victim – a woman who, with some detective work, could be traced back to her. The killer was a very complex character and, although her crimes were truly heinous, her back story was incredibly harrowing and there was definitely sympathy shown towards her childhood plight.The first book in a series is always a difficult one for a detective as we are not only introduced to their investigation and professional life, but we also need to get a handle on their personal life and what makes them tick. Like many other fictional detectives, Dan is a flawed character after losing his girlfriend in a crash a few years previously. Never fully getting over his loss, it has taken him all this time to entertain the thought of dating again and it is through this that he meets the aforementioned ‘Goldilocks’, albeit in a different guise. This was a good way of introducing us to the main protagonist, providing an insight into his state of mind. Hopefully, in future books, he will stay away from online dating though!The crimes are quite descriptive and show how messed up ‘Goldilocks’ is. As the book description mentions ‘Baby Bear’ it is not a spoiler to say that, as you are reading, you know that it is building up to her wanting to kill a child. This provided me with a sense of unease as I willed Dan to work out exactly what was going on before it actually occurred. I found that I raced through the second half of the book, desperate to know how it would end.In recent years, I have been introduced to some great police procedural/detective books by Bookouture, with authors such as Angela Marsons, Robert Bryndza and Patricia Gibney becoming firm favourites. In Anna-Lou Weatherley and her detective, Dan Riley, I think they have another hit on their hands and I look forward to reading book 2!With thanks to Net Galley and Bookouture for the ARC.
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  • Jo
    January 1, 1970
    Last Cry is a fast paced, witty and utterly likeable crime novel that I simply could not put down. This was a refreshing read with a new distinctive voice. Last Cry is the first novel in a new and exciting detective series staring Detective Dan Riley, and I loved it. The book revolves around a serial killer, a woman who calls herself Goldilocks. We are introduced to her very early on in the novel, as we read her perspective in alternating chapters. At the beginning she poisons a wealthy business Last Cry is a fast paced, witty and utterly likeable crime novel that I simply could not put down. This was a refreshing read with a new distinctive voice. Last Cry is the first novel in a new and exciting detective series staring Detective Dan Riley, and I loved it. The book revolves around a serial killer, a woman who calls herself Goldilocks. We are introduced to her very early on in the novel, as we read her perspective in alternating chapters. At the beginning she poisons a wealthy businessman, leaving behind a suicide note, but we have no idea who she is or whys she has killed him. This character instantly piqued my interest. There was something about her that both unnerved and excited me, and I wanted to get to know her more and understand her motives. As with the fairytale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the police team work around the clock to find out who this illustrious Goldilocks is as we all know the ending to the tale with Baby Bear. This in itself made me race through the pages as I wanted the to find and stop her before she could hurt any baby. This book works so well because of the main protagonist, Detective Dan Riley, he fascinated me. His back story is that his long term girlfriend, Rach, died two years ago in a motorbike accident and he hasn't got over her death. He talks to her constantly. Here is a likeable man, a decent man who is having to face his demons, and pretend that everything is normal while in the middle of this difficult case. I liked Dan, a solid guy with a heart of gold, and the novel works so well because of him. I cared about him and what he had been through and wanted him to heal and start afresh, to live life. This really is a fast paced book that made me catch my breath a few times, and I found myself asking, 'what the hell just happened then?' The chapters are short and snappy and we get alternative chapters offering both Goldilocks' and Dan's point of view. Dan's story is told in first person and I really liked this style as I felt closer to him, almost as if he was sharing his story with me. Both voices are distinct, and at times Goldilocks's voice is very warm and witty, so, a different voice to what you would expect of a cold blooded killer. As I have already said, this book is very refreshing and had a truly distinctive style and voice. Last Cry is an absolute joy to read. The plot is highly addictive, and I cared about the characters, on both sides of the law. This really is a page turner of a read that will leave you wanting more. With thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an Advanced Reader Copy.
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  • Deborah
    January 1, 1970
    This book by Weatherley offers up an interesting plot, unfolding from the point of view of our lead detective, DI Dan Riley and a woman we learn goes by multiple names and has murderous tendencies and intent on playing out a nursery rhyme to satisfy childhood angst. I have to admit though that I found neither lead particularly likeable. Of course Danni-Jo (as she’s mostly known when we meet her) is supposed to be socio / psychopathic and – in reality – she’s probably a little more complex than D This book by Weatherley offers up an interesting plot, unfolding from the point of view of our lead detective, DI Dan Riley and a woman we learn goes by multiple names and has murderous tendencies and intent on playing out a nursery rhyme to satisfy childhood angst. I have to admit though that I found neither lead particularly likeable. Of course Danni-Jo (as she’s mostly known when we meet her) is supposed to be socio / psychopathic and – in reality – she’s probably a little more complex than Dan who I didn’t really engage with at all. He’s still struggling since his pregnant girlfriend was killed two years earlier and He. Talks. About. Her. Constantly. Like, seriously we’re in his head and he doesn’t shut up about her. The dude needs some serious therapy. However, there’s a glimmer of hope for him as he meets someone online and is tempted, for the first time since Rachael. But he’s very judge-y and not particularly nice about his colleagues and had few redeemable qualities. I’m not sure if Weatherley meant to write him like this, or if I just took a dislike to the poor guy. I did think the book could have done with a bit more of an edit and noted a proliferation of adjectives and adverbs in the early part in particular. As I’m pretty wordy myself I can sympathise with Weatherley on this front but think it’s something an editor should pick up, as well as some phrasing that I don’t think is completely accurate around schizophrenia (vs multiple personality disorder) and injection of ‘cognitive dissonance’ and the like. It does however have a lot of potential and I quite enjoyed the ending, which doesn’t really go down the usual predictable route in terms of a standoff and protagonist’s life being threatened before the big reveal. It was a bit twistier than that which I liked. Thanks to Bookouture for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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