Book Review: One Bad Turn by @SCrowleyAuthor @QuercusBooks


One Bad Turn by Sinead Crowley review

Being held hostage at gunpoint by her childhood friend is not Dr Heather Gilmore's idea of a good day at work. It only gets worse when she hears that her nineteen-year-old daughter Leah has been kidnapped. Sergeant Claire Boyle wasn't expecting to get caught up in a hostage situation during a doctor's appointment. When it becomes apparent that the kidnapping is somehow linked to the hostage-taker, a woman called Eileen Delaney, she is put in charge of finding the missing girl. What happened between Eileen and Heather to make Eileen so determined to ruin her old friend? Claire Boyle must dig up the secrets from their pasts to find out - and quickly, because Leah is still missing, and time is running out to save her.


I can still remember opening the first page of Can Anybody Help Me and being absolutely captivated by that incredible debut by Sinead Crowley. I knew from that moment that I'd be a die hard fan. 
For a small island we seem to produce an incredible amount of talented authors but we particularity excel in crime fiction. I love reading crime fiction that's set here in Ireland and One Bad Turn did not disappoint. Sinead has a real talent for capturing the gritty setting that lurks beneath the streets of Dublin. 

She examines and lays bare all aspects of the relationships we face throughout our life. They're written in an authentic way and most readers will be able to relate to at least one of the various struggles that the characters go through. 

One bad turn is a gripping read and I know I say this a lot but it really did keep me tapping the pages on my kindle. There is just something about the way Sinead 'gets' friendships. There is something about the way she's able to capture the feeling of when they turn sour. There are nods to the financial recession here that will ring true to many readers so while it's authentic it's also a very relevant read. 

I've been shying away from crime fiction recently due to an overload and feeling as if I was reading the same book over and over. One Bad Turn was certainly a breath of fresh air, a book I could really become invested in.  


★★★★ ☆

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  1. I really enjoyed this one too. It felt very real, and that made it even scarier.

  2. This sounds like my cup of tea! I love crime fiction, but I hardly ever read any. You've made me add this to my TBR (not that I needed more books on there)!

    Anth |

  3. Yay! This one was fantastic! As were her previous ones!


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