Today I am reviewing on its publication day Before You Were Gone by Sheila Bugler, published by Canelo Crime.
The truth can’t stay buried forever…
Emer Doran’s life was torn apart when her sister, Kitty, drowned. Her body was never recovered. Twenty years later, Emer sees a woman who is the image of Kitty. In that brief moment, Emer is convinced – her sister is alive.
Dee Doran jumps at the chance to get to know her long-lost cousin when Emer calls asking to meet. But it is not the happy family reunion Dee had expected. Emer is desperate for Dee’s help to find out what really happened to Kitty.
As Dee works to uncover the truth, one thing becomes clear: there is a tangled web of lies that date back many years. And those with the answers are determined to keep their secrets at any cost.
A tense and gripping crime thriller perfect for fans of Alex Marwood and Fiona Barton.
Before You Were Gone is the third instalment in the Eastbourne series featuring journalist Dee Doran and whilst it can be read as a standalone, I do encourage you to read the previous two books to fully immerse yourself in it’s brilliance. You won’t be disappointed!
When Dee Doran receives a call from her long lost cousin Emer, wanting her help in locating a woman whom she believes is her dead sister Kitty, Dee jumps at the chance. But the deeper she becomes involved, the more herself and Emer put themselves in danger. Someone is hiding a deeply buried secret and they will do anything to make sure it stays that way…
I loved the premise for this story and was immediately hooked and caught up in trying to solve this mystery alongside Dee and Emer. Could this woman really be Kitty? I was just as invested to uncover the truth as the others were and when the story took a dramatic turn at the halfway mark, that was when things really got good! A brilliant twist that caught me off guard!
I loved catching up with Dee again, which also makes you feel like you are catching up with an old friend. She is such a great character and my heart was breaking for her as she threw herself into this latest mystery, as a way of trying to avoid the inevitable with what occurs in a smaller subplot.
The setting in Eastbourne, is just magical. Through each book Sheila Bugler brings the sea side town to life so vividly, adding another element of perfection to the series. I love when books are set in this environment in this genre, It really adds to its chilling and sinister tone.
Before You Were Gone is a perfectly written, gripping and suspenseful crime thriller that will have you reading long into the night as you race through the pages. I absolutely love this series and I am hopeful for some more to come. I have everything crossed! It was an absolute pleasure to read and review Before You Were Gone, which I highly recommend.
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Let’s Get to Know Sheila Bugler
Sheila grew up in a small town in the west of Ireland. After studying Psychology at University College Galway (now called NUI Galway) she left Ireland and worked as an EFL teacher, travelling to Italy, Spain, Germany, Holland and Argentina.
She is the author of a series of crime novels featuring DI Ellen Kelly. The novels are set in South East London, an area she knows and loves.
She now lives in Eastbourne, on the beautiful East Sussex coast. Eastbourne is the location for her series of crime novels featuring investigative journalist Dee Doran.
When she’s not writing, Sheila does corporate writing and storytelling, she runs creative writing courses, is a tutor for the Writers Bureau and is a mentor on the WoMentoring programme. She reviews crime fiction for crimesquad.com and she is a regular guest on BBC Radio Sussex.
She is married with two children.