25th February 2019
Previous titles: Dark Game, Deep Fear, Dead End
DI Kelly Porter is back, but so is an old foe and this time he won’t back down…
When a teenage girl flings herself off a cliff in pursuit of a gruesome death, DI Kelly Porter is left asking why. Ruled a suicide, there’s no official reason for Kelly to chase answers, but as several of her team’s cases converge on the girl’s school, a new, darker story emerges. One which will bring Kelly face-to-face with an old foe determined to take back what is rightfully his – no matter the cost.
Mired in her pursuit of justice for the growing list of victims, Kelly finds security in Johnny, her family and the father she has only just discovered. But just as she draws close to unearthing the dark truth at the heart of her investigation, a single moment on a cold winter’s night shatters the notion that anything in Kelly’s world can ever truly be safe.
Bitter Edge by Rachel Lynch is her best yet in my opinion. She has brought back the tangled, complex plot lines, dark subjects and interlocking story lines that Dark Game had so much of and yet she has taken it one step further. The characters are hauntingly sad and villainous, while Kelly’s story deepens itself and we see how strong she really is.
Why I loved this book…
Bitter Edge by Rachel Lynch is brilliant because it delves into the dark depths, handling teen suicide, drug addiction and abuse, child abduction and the worlds revolving these matters. The teenagers are the focus of this book, and I loved the intelligence with which their story and the drugs story was written with. All the way through, I felt in awe at Lynch’s command of these mind-boggling topics. She made me feel very differently about drug addiction.
From the beginning, I knew that I would struggle with the reliability of the characters; the teenagers are all lying, the adults are either lying or encouraging covering up the truth, and everybody is connected somehow. I felt that the one character who was very well represented by Lynch, yet harshly dealt with was Sadie. The scene when she comes home to her junkie mother passed out and gruesome, before succumbing to the high herself really struck me. I have never understood why somebody would need that feeling before, and this made me understand the mindset a bit more.
I also loved how much more descriptive the post-mortem has become; Lynch’s sheer knowledge of this and the biological intricacies she goes into are fascinating, yet certainly not for the faint-hearted. I did find at times, that the scenes concerning the drug lord and his people were less necessary, and most of their story could be read between the lines, but I appreciated some of the context it provided.
Overall, Bitter Edge by Rachel Lynch is outstanding; a 5* read which will leave you wanting to re-read the entire series. This could be read as a standalone, as Lynch does a brief re-cap of Kelly’s family dynamics towards the start of the book. I would recommend this to lovers of Lynch, this series, and people who appreciate incredible police procedurals told from multiple perspectives with completely tangled story lines, which eventually tie together. Thank you NetGalley and Ellie Pilcher at Canelo for my advanced e-copy in exchange for an honest review.