Today I am taking part in the blog tour and reviewing Death in the Woods by Jo Allen. This was released on the 19th of August 2021, independently published.
A series of copycat suicides, prompted by a mysterious online blogger, causes DCI Jude Satterthwaite more problems than usual, intensifying his concerns about his troublesome younger brother, Mikey.
Along with his partner, Ashleigh O’Halloran, and a local psychiatrist, Vanessa Wood, Jude struggles to find the identity of the malicious troll gaslighting young people to their deaths.
The investigation stirs grievances both old and new. What is the connection with the hippies camped near the Long Meg stone circle? Could these suicides have any connection with a decades old cold case? And, for Jude, the most crucial question of all. Is it personal — and could Mikey be the final target?
“People are dying here…Young people like me…And no-one knows why…”
The human mind is a fascinating thing and it always intrigues me how someone can be so controlled by another, that when encouraged to take their own life, they do. For DCI Jude Satterthwaite and his team, they have their work cut out for them when a spate of copycat suicides, in what appears to be coerced by a mysterious online blogger, rocks the community.
I really enjoyed this case, which has been very well plotted, written and executed. Jo Allen’s books are always very well researched, providing the reader with an authentic story each and every time. The themes of suicide, gaslighting, cyber bulling and internet trolls, which is so prevalent today, have all been dealt with sensitively, however could still be a trigger for some readers.
What I love most about Allen’s work is she always makes you feel part of the story, always has a great cast of characters (recurring and new), they are so atmospheric and the perfect escape to get lost in for a few hours. For Death in the Woods, it is all the above and more. The pace is just right and there are plenty of twists and turns to keep you off the scent until the big reveal.
Looking back to all the series I have read from the first book, there are only a handful of them that I can say I have rated every instalment with 5 stars. This is the case with this wonderful series and Death in the Woods is another welcomed addition to my 5 star club!
Thank you to Jo Allen for allowing me to read an advance copy of Death in the Woods 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.
Death in the Woods Blog Tour
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Let’s Get to Know Jo Allen
Jo Allen was born in Wolverhampton and is a graduate of Edinburgh, Strathclyde and the Open University, with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in geography and Earth science. She’s been writing for pleasure and publication for as long as she can remember.
After a career in economic consultancy she took up writing and was first published under the name Jennifer Young, in genres of short stories, romance and romantic suspense. She wrote online articles on travel and on her favourite academic subject, Earth science. In 2017 she took the plunge and began writing the genre she most likes to read — crime.
Jo lives in the English Lakes, where the DCI Satterthwaite series is set. In common with all her favourite characters, she loves football (she’s a season ticket holder with her beloved Wolverhampton Wanderers) and cats.
Blog Tour Organiser
Thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the Death in the Woods blog tour, a gifted copy of the ebook and for the promotional materials.