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Today is my stop on the blog tour for Turn a Blind Eye by Vicky Newham! Thanks to Lucy for organising the tour.
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A dead girl.
A wall of silence.
DI Maya Rahman is running out of time.
A headmistress is found strangled in her East London school, her death the result of a brutal and ritualistic act of violence. Found at the scene is a single piece of card, written upon which is an ancient Buddhist precept:
I shall abstain from taking the ungiven.
At first, DI Maya Rahman can’t help but hope this is a tragic but isolated murder. Then, the second body is found.
Faced with a community steeped in secrets and prejudice, Maya must untangle the cryptic messages left at the crime scenes to solve the deadly riddle behind the murders – before the killer takes another victim.
I'm so excited to finally share my review of this book because I've been looking forward to it since I received a copy in January! I loved the synopsis and hoped for great things, needless to say it lived up to all of my expectations.
This expertly crafted and brilliantly written book is Vicky Newham's debut and the first in a series featuring DI Maya Rahman, an authentic and realistic character who really brings the topical plot to life.
There were plenty of twists and turns throughout, along with lots clues which kept me engaged and guessing until the end. There's even the cryptic message 'I shall abstain from taking the ungiven.' left at the crime scene. I love a good cryptic message and this one really added to the intrigue and built up the tension.
I really enjoy the way Newham writes and the themes explored gave me lots to think about afterwards. The setting is vivid and the East End is really brought to life.
Overall, I'm giving Turn a Blind Eye 4.5 out of 5. It's current, suspenseful and absolutely riveting. A fantastic start to the series.
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About the Author
Psychologist Vicky Newham grew up in West Sussex and taught in East London for many years, before moving to Whitstable in Kent. She studied for an MA in Creative Writing at Kingston University. Turn a Blind Eye is her debut novel. She is currently working on the next book in the series.
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