Where Loyalties Lie by Val Collins #BookReview #WhereLoyaltiesLie #CrimeThriller #Series @valcollinsbooks #onceuponatimebookreviews

Today I am reviewing on its publication day Where Loyalties Lie by Val Collins, published by VCB Publishing.


When Oran falls to his death from the Cliffs of Moher, his friends believe it was an accident. One witness is convinced it was murder.

The police accept the account of Oran’s friends, but the witness will not be silenced.

Why is a stranger accusing Ben Weston of murder when his friends are convinced they witnessed an accident? Why would Ben kill his childhood friend? Plagued by sensationalist tabloid stories, Ben’s wealthy family need to clear his name. 

Part time freelance reporter, Aoife Walsh, is coping with a dead-end office job and a lecherous boss when the Weston family hires her to help prove their son’s innocence. As someone who’s had a relative accused of murder, Aoife can empathise with the Westons’ situation.

Aoife’s investigation sees ex-lovers and innocents, busybodies and frenemies crawl out of the woodwork. It’s no surprise that their stories aren’t lining up perfectly. But who is lying?

Aoife’s relentless pursuit of answers will put her in jeopardy— leaving her life, and the truth, hanging in the balance.

Where Loyalties Lie is Book 4 in the Aoife Walsh Thriller Series. All four books are standalone thrillers and can be read in any order.

The fourth book in the Aoife Walsh series, Where Loyalties Lie is another excellent addition to it. Action packed and full of tension and suspense, Collins is a master at drawing you into the story and keeping you glued to the pages.

I really enjoyed this tale that hits the ground running right from the outset. Aoife is such a wonderful unique character and such a joy to read. The plot is strong, there are plenty of characters to wade through as you try to piece it all together and with chapter leaving you wanting more, I was actually disappointed when I finished it I was enjoying it that much!

Now that’s the sign of a great crime thriller if there ever was one!

Thank you to Val Collins for my gifted copy of Where Loyalties Lies, 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.

Amazon AU
Amazon US
Amazon UK


Val Collins is the author of the award-winning psychological thriller GIRL TARGETED, the No. 1 international bestseller ONLY LIES REMAIN and THE SILENT SPEAK (23 February 2021). All three books are stand-alone thrillers and they all feature heroine Aoife Walsh. 

Val has lived in Ireland her entire life, and graduated from University College Dublin. She enjoys chocolate, going for long walks in the countryside, seeing as much of the world as possible, meeting friends, writing, and reading. In fact, she devours books at the rate of one per week, and her favourite authors range from Philippa Gregory and Sophie Kinsella to Lee Child and Linwood Barclay.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s