When the Time Comes by Adele O’Neill #BookReview #WheTheTimeComes #Mystery @adelesbooks @Aria_Fiction #onceuponatimebookblog

Today I am reviewing When the Time Comes by Adele O\’Neill. This was released on the 21st of November 2019, published by Aria Fiction.

Book Blurb

Her husband says it\’s suicide. The police say it\’s murder.

Liam Buckley was a married man with two teenage children when he moved out of the family home to start a new life with his lover. His wife Jennifer never forgave him, but now she needs him to come back: she\’s been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and the kids can\’t cope alone.

One day after Liam moves home, Jennifer is found dead. Liam thinks it\’s suicide. But the police, led by DS Louise Kennedy, are convinced it\’s murder.

Liam hires a retired detective to help prove his innocence, but it\’s no easy task. The children are distraught, and Jennifer\’s best friend, Sarah, is waging a campaign against Liam, determined to expose him for a liar and a cheat.

As secrets surface from the complex web of Buckley family life, DS Kennedy must decide. Did Jennifer Buckley end her own life, or did Liam take it from her? The answer, when it comes, will shock them all…

When the Time Comes is a compelling read that had me in its clutches right from the beginning. What drew me in immediately, was the tag line in the synopsis “Her husband says it’s suicide. The police say it’s murder!” I didn’t even read what the rest of the story was about. I didn’t need to, as I was already hooked!

Adele has created an intriguing plot that is both thought-provoking and heartbreaking. It is more of a family drama about the tragedy that befalls the Buckley family with the death of ex-wife, mother and friend, Jennifer Buckley. As an advocate for euthanasia, Jennifer had wanted to end her life as she was losing the battle against Motor Neuron Disease. Not convinced, the police at once set their sights on Jennifer’s ex-husband Liam as the murderer. Isn’t it always the husband? Hmmm, you will just have to read this to find out, won’t you…

All of the characters have been well developed and all come to life so well through Adele’s writing. Although I can’t say I connected with all of them, the standouts for me were definitely Jennifer and her daughter Abbie. Both of them provided more of the heartwrenching moments in the story and really tore at the heartstrings. Have the tissues handy!

Adele expertly draws the reader in and does a great job in keeping your attention throughout. All told through writing that is engaging, emotive and descriptive, Adele sets up the opening scene really well and wastes no time in kicking things off and getting stuck into it.

I didn’t realise that this was the 3rd book in the Kelly and Kennedy series and in no way did this hinder my enjoyment of the book. It can easily be read as a standalone and honestly, I would not have even known if it wasn’t brought to my attention from other readers.

All up When the Time Comes is an utterly gripping tale that is a must-read. A new author to me, Adele is a great storyteller and I look forward to reading more from her. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review When the Time Comes which I recommend.

Thank you to NetGalley, Aria Fiction and Adele O’Neill for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Other Woman which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.

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