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A Killer in the Family: The gripping new thriller that will have you hooked from the first page

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Even with its slow burn, extra detailed descriptions portraying characters’ swinging moods, fears, flaws, hesitancy, the short chapters, and the twists leading you down different roads that take you on another journey, push you to make guesses about how things will wrap up. Your personal data will not be shared with any other organisations and you have the right to unsubscribe at any time.

The story is narrated by Aisling, of course, but also by Jonah and a few of his counterparts at the police department (all introduced in previous novels. It’s something that is currently untested, but one which a lot of conspiracy theorists will already be up in arms about no doubt. The “bonfire killer” shares her DNA and uncovering how that connects to her past and present is twisty and interesting at times.

A Killer in the Family is the fifth in Gytha Lodge’s Jonah Sheens police series set in Southampton, but my first experience of the books and characters. Aisling Cooley would have never dreamed that submitting a DNA sample to try to find her father would turn into a nightmare. Finance is provided by PayPal Credit (a trading name of PayPal UK Ltd, Whittaker House, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, TW9 1EH). How dark they might be don't learn straight away, but it does leave big question marks dangling over the pair of them when it becomes clear that it is a make relative of Aisling who has been committing the murders. I enjoyed the plot, the idea of using DNA to find the killer is a unique concept one which I have only seen in one other book (the match by Harlan Coben).

It's the second such crime scene in the vicinity of the New Forest, the charred remains of another woman, 46-year-old Brockenhurst woman Jacqueline Clarke, having been incinerated on a similar pyre the previous October. It would be nice to read the others for more background on the characters, but the author provides enough details so that each book can be read as a standalone. I think there is potential and definitely some hidden pasts that you want to uncover and find how everything is connected, but for me I have to pass. This book can easily be read as a stand alone, though with any series it's always good to have the backstories of the characters.That said, once I got the lay of the land, so to speak - with burning pyres topped by women murdered by what appears to be a serial killer - the story itself kept me turning the pages (well, okay, thumbing the edge of my e-book reader). Gytha Lodge is the author of She Lies in Wait, Watching from the Dark, Lie Beside Me, and Little Sister.

The author plays a very careful game, dropping in some historical context which serves to both enlighten and confuse, making sure that we don't get the big reveal on the killer until the right time. A KILLER IN THE FAMILY has a bit of a slow start, but as the tension grows, as we wait for the results of the DNA samples from Aisling’s sons, and as surprises pop up, you will be glued to the pages.When a second woman is found, however, this time untouched by fire but nonetheless posed on a pyre, the revelation strikes fear into the hearts far and wide. She decides to submit a DNA sample to online database Globalry, in the hopes that she might finally be able to track him down and reconcile.

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