27th May 2019
An investigation leads Kelly back to her former command…
and the ex who betrayed her.
A brutal murder in the Lake District.
A double assassination in a secret lab in London’s west end.
Seemingly unconnected, unexpected links between the gruesome crimes emerge and it’s up to DI Kelly Porter to follow the trail – all the way to the capital. Back amongst old colleagues and forced to work alongside her calculating ex, DCI Matt Carter, Kelly must untangle a web of deceit that stretches into the highest echelons of power. A place where secrets and lies are currency and no obstacle is insurmountable.
Bold Lies by Rachel Lynch is not for the feint-of-heart. The title reminds me of a Pretty Little Liars quote “The bolder the lie, the less people question it”. DI Kelly Porter fans will absolutely love this gruesome, gripping narrative which dives into the detective’s past and gives the reader even more of an insight into her life while she tackles yet another brutal, deceptive crime scene.
I do love how Lynch decided to bring London into the mix and show DI Porter’s existence before this series. It’s a gentle reminder that you cannot run from your past and sometimes you have to face up to old demons in order to carry on. Porter is, as ever, a great heroine to follow, taking risks and making mistakes just like we all do on the course to justice. Lynch has made such a likeable character and seeing the interactions with her ex come into it reminds the reader further just how human and vulnerable she is, making her more relatable still. Lynch has done it once again for me. This novel is insightful, well-researched and highly intelligent. I have no idea about the high society’s currency of secrets and lies, but Lynch’s narrative is so compelling, I think I’d believe whatever she told me from the eyes of Kelly Porter.
Overall, I think that die-hard fans and new readers will adore Bold Lies. If you like M.W. Craven, you will love Rachel Lynch. The deep topics Lynch dives into would also suit readers of The Dangerous Kind by Deborah O’Connor, with the gross misbehaviour of society’s upper class at the forefront of Bold Lies. Thank you Canelo, NetGalley and Ellie Pilcher for my e-arc of Bold Lies by Rachel Lynch in exchange for this stop on the blog tour.
About the author…
Rachel Lynch grew up in Cumbria and the lakes and fells are never far away from her.
London pulled her away to teach History and marry an Army Officer, whom she followed around the globe for thirteen years. A change of career after children led to personal training and sports therapy, but writing was always the overwhelming force driving the future. The human capacity for compassion as well as its descent into the brutal and murky world of crime are fundamental to her work.