Monday, 19 August 2013

" Red Ribbons " by Louise Phillips

Having read so many wonderful reviews on Louise Phillips new release, " The Doll's House ", I just had to get a copy of her debut novel.  Eason have it at the moment as part of their 3 for 2 offer and I managed to get a signed copy. Nice bonus!

This a crime thriller set in Dublin and Wexford featuring two wonderful characters, DI O'Connor and Dr. Kate Pearson, Criminal Psychologist who helps out with Criminal Profiling.
When the body of a schoolgirl is found buried with her hair plaited and tied with unusual red ribbons, the police are worried. When another body is found in similar circumstances, they fear the worst. Meanwhile, a Doctor in a psychiatric hospital hears details from a patient which may tie in with the recent events. This is a wonderful thriller that I really struggled to put down. The writing is superb and fluent with beautiful descriptive passages and a great insight to the mind of a killer.
With short, sharp chapters and the story unfolding slowly but elegantly throughout, Louise Phillips has become an author to rival the likes of Sophie Hannah and Michael Connolly. 
Unlike many of the genre's writers, she does not let the characters lives take over the story and makes the victims, families, police and the actual murderer tell the story.  This is a welcome relief to me as the well published authors seem to have forgotten that crime/thriller should be just as it suggests.....full of crime and lots of thrills!

I have a copy of " The Doll's House " on the way, and I genuinely can't wait to get started......This is definitely and Irish Author well able to hold her own in the Worldwide Market of Crime Writing!!!

A huge thumbs up from Bleach House Library.

" Red Ribbons " is currently available from all good bookstores and is published by Hachette Books Ireland.
Louise Phillips is also on Twitter @LouiseMPhillips

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