The Stranger Within by Tara Lyons @taralyonsauthor @bloodhoundbook #review #blogblitz #publicationday


Woooooooooo hoooooooooooo πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ it’s publication day for the very lovely Tara Lyons as The Stranger Within, the fourth DI Denis Hamilton book is published today!!!!

Massive thank you to the fantabulous Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me to join the blog blitz and to Bloodhound Books for my advanced copy of The Stranger Within which I received through Netgalley.

The Blurb

Dealing with everyday crime in London, DI Denis Hamilton is urgently called into a briefing in the early hours of his weekend off. Torn away from his family life, he must unravel an investigation he thought had long closed.

Putting his personal worries to one side, Hamilton and his Murder Investigation Team come up against a patient with a mental disorder hell-bent on revenge.

Comparing the present day with memories of his tragic past, can Hamilton open his mind to the difficulties of mental illness in order to catch a murderer?

And when a colleague’s life is threatened, can Hamilton unlock the truth of the stranger within before it’s too late?

What Did I Think?

DI Hamilton is back and he’s up against it in The Stranger Within when one of his team is taken by an escaped convict. A dangerous convict on a mission. They say revenge is a dish best served cold; well let’s just say this individual wants their ice cream….

I do like Denis Hamilton, he’s a no-nonsense kind of policeman. When he comes up against something new which in this twisted case is the concept of β€˜dissociative identity disorder’, he needs get on board. And things don’t get any easier when he has to choose between his home and his work, especially when his wife drops a bombshell! 😲😲

Ms Lyons dropped enough clues to keep me guessing as to the whats and whys.Β  Plenty of shockers to keep me turning the pages as fast as my eyes would let me.Β  But that climax, my jaw dropped and stayed there.Β  I could not believe what I was reading. I really did not expect that outcome!

I’ve read each of the Denis Hamilton books in order which is rare for me and each can be read as a standalone however I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU READ IN THE SHADOWS BEFORE VENTURING INTO THE STRANGER WITHIN.Β  Yes I did shout that….it has to be said so that you get the full picture of what Denis and the team are up against.

But please don’t just take my word for it; there are plenty of other posts over the next few days for you to catch!!

Who Is Tara Lyons?

Tara Lyons 2018 copy

Tara is a crime/psychological thriller author from London, UK. Turning 30 in 2015 propelled her to fulfil her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. She studied English Literature at Brunel University and was an Assistant Editor for an in-house magazine for eight years.Β 

In the Shadows is the author’s solo debut novel published in March 2016, which later went on to be republished by Bloodhound Books after signing a contract with them in 2017. She has also co-written with New York Times bestselling author, M.A. Comley – The Caller and Web of Deceit.

When she’s not writing, Tara can be found at a local soft-play activity centre, bowling alley, trampoline park or cinema with her young, energetic son.Β 

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