So, today, Lucy Martin’s book tour for her novel, Stop at Nothing has reached Lizzie’s Little Book Nook. Thanks to Welbeck Publishing for gifting me a copy of this book for an honest review.
How far would you go to get what you want?
Amie Slade’s sexual assault feels too close to home for DS Ronnie Delmar. Forced to face the demons of her past, she vows to protect the family at all costs.
But everyone’s got a secret in this leafy suburb and when a child goes missing and a woman’s body is found, it becomes clear that this perfect family hides a sinister reality.
Someone here will stop at nothing to win, but can Ronnie beat them to it?
I love thrillers but it has to have an unexpected twist, strong character development and dark or chilling undertones and I have to say, this one had all three.
The main protagonist, DS Ronnie Delamar is a strong, independent woman who juggles her role in the force with being a single mother of two. However, her past keeps coming back to haunt her and the new case she has taken, a young girl, Amie Slade who was assaulted by the school janitor reminds her of an event which changed her sister forever. As she gets deeper into the case, she struggles to keep her life and work separate and the balls threaten to fall.
The story is very much driven by the characters who are all well developed and multi-layered. We see Amie, this innocent young girl who has been through trauma, struggling to adapt to her new way of life. As we progress through the book we are taught several lessons about the preconceptions we make and how not everything is as clear cut or black and white as it may seem.
This novel is perfectly paced for a thriller and like all good books of this genre has a fantastic twist you don’t see coming.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and I look forward to seeing what else this author will do next!!
⭐⭐⭐⭐ – a brilliantly twisty thriller, definitely difficult to put down
About the author
Having authored a number of non-fiction titles, Lucy became inspired by the concept of the unreliable narrator and the resilient survivor present in the works of Gillian Flynn and Emma Donoghue. In her own words Lucy explains how. ‘The unreliable narrator, the resilient survivor really resonated with my own experiences in life. I wanted to explore the ways in which we are unreliably informed, even by our own gut instinct, but also the ways we can overcome obstacles that may at some points seem insurmountable. Also the female leads in both books were grittily determined, with different moral codes obviously!’
Stop at Nothing is out now and available from most major booksellers.
Much love 💘