As soon as I looked at the cover for ‘promised lies’ I was drawn in & knew it was a book I wanted to read. There is so much going on in the picture that I want to know the story. I love stories (if you haven’t already guessed from all the book reviews!)
Right from the beginning, there is a strong lead for the start of the novel which entices me in & makes me want to read more. The first chapter starts with a bang of an opener with a murder. Starting with such a strong scene makes me want to continue reading.
Less than 4 chapters in, the fact that I’d hate to be a forensic person or someone who has to work with bodies when a murder occurs or someone dies. I know they will be well-paid jobs, but I feel something like that would completely traumatise me! I also don’t think being a police officer would be the job for me so I highly commend people that do that as a career! However, I do enjoy reading this genre of book (or else I wouldn’t be doing this review now would I?)
In chapter 4, we are introduced to a new character called Ursula & I am instantly picturing Ursula out the Little Mermaid despite never actually watching that film as a child (YES I didn’t just say that to make your mouth drop to the floor, its true!)
From the way in which this character is described, I am reminded even more of the Little Mermaid with wording like “Ursula’s hair, leeched of all vitality, appeared dry and lifelessly waved wildly in all directions.” This makes me think directly of Ursula out the Little Mermaid who has Octopus legs & who’s hair sprays out in multiple directions.
I don’t know if this was intentional but now that image will stick in my mind, not that it’s a bad thing though. It gives me something to connect with from my memory in a surprising book moment I wouldn’t find myself connecting with.
The way in which Ursula is treated like a child even though she is 24, so legally an adult reminds me of my childhood. As a child, I wasn’t allowed to join in most conversations with my Dad or grandparents since I was told I was too young. It seems kind of sad & strange that this adult is getting treated in the same way by her elders, especially when she should be considered an adult. Perhaps it’s because these people weren’t her parents but instead her aunt & uncle so she maybe wasn’t very close with them.
I love how the story progresses a little bit at a time just giving you enough so you can’t predict the future too far in advance. I imagine this is how the evidence would be gathered by real police officers.
The book has many aspects which make it realistic sounding & like it is being conducted in the same way in which a real crime would be conducted.
‘Promised Lies’ didn’t end in the way I was expecting it to end & left some questions I had still unanswered by the end of the book. However, it was gripping & held my attention from the start!