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Critical Incidents

Paperback edition released 26/12/2019

by Lucie Whitehouse

Crime and Mystery Books of the Month Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading Expert Review of Critical Incidents

A thrilling crime drama and start to a new series that promises to be stunning, a Liz Robinson pick of the month.

Razor-sharp, focused and absolutely fabulous, Critical Incidents is the first in what promises to be a stunning new series by Lucie Whitehouse. Detective Inspector Robin Lyons has been dismissed from the Met, turned down a proposal, and is heading back to her Mum and Dad in Birmingham with her daughter Lennie. Home isn’t necessarily a sanctuary when Robin starts to investigate a shocking crime and violence creeps ever closer. Keep You Close was one of our Books of the Year in 2016, so I had high hopes for Critical Incidents and it certainly lived up to expectations. I sat and read non-stop, just gobbling up the pages. There is an addictive quality to the writing, pithy, witty, stinging sentences walk hand in hand with compassion and emotion. The ending has left me wanting more, so I already can’t wait for the next in the series. Critical Incidents is escapism at its very best, it is also provocative, eloquent and extremely rewarding, earning itself a pick of the month from me.

Liz Robinson

Critical Incidents Synopsis

Detective Inspector Robin Lyons is going home. Dismissed for misconduct from the Met's Homicide Command after refusing to follow orders, unable to pay her bills (or hold down a relationship), she has no choice but to take her teenage daughter Lennie and move back in with her parents in the city she thought she'd escaped forever at 18.

In Birmingham, sharing a bunkbed with Lennie and navigating the stormy relationship with her mother, Robin works as a benefit-fraud investigator - to the delight of those wanting to see her cut down to size. Only Corinna, her best friend of 20 years seems happy to have Robin back. But when Corinna's family is engulfed by violence and her missing husband becomes a murder suspect, Robin can't bear to stand idly by as the police investigate.

Can she trust them to find the truth of what happened? And why does it bother her so much that the officer in charge is her ex-boyfriend - the love of her teenage life? As Robin launches her own unofficial investigation and realises there may be a link to the disappearance of a young woman, she starts to wonder how well we can really know the people we love - and how far any of us will go to protect our own.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780008269036
Publication date: 26th December 2019
Author: Lucie Whitehouse
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 400 pages
Primary Genre Crime and Mystery
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Lucie Whitehouse Press Reviews

`I loved Critical Incidents. In fact I devoured it. It's a brilliant combination of superb characterisation, humour and galloping plot: her best yet' Susie Steiner, author of Missing, Presumed

`I swallowed this riveting literary thriller whole; Lucie Whitehouse has the knack of making fictional crime seem uncannily close to home, and Critical Incidents is her best book yet' Erin Kelly, author of He Said/She Said

`Whitehouse is a superb storyteller, whose sleight of hand and sly misdirections have you leaping to all the wrong conclusions from the outset' Independent

`Whitehouse writes marvellously in an emotionally hypersensitive, lyrical, Maggie O'Farrell sort of way' Daily Mail

`Whitehouse is a skilful, attentive writer' Guardian

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ISBN: 9780008269036
Publication date: 26/12/2019
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780008268992
Publication date: 18/04/2019
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About Lucie Whitehouse

Lucie Whitehouse was born in Gloucestershire in 1975, read Classics at OxfordUniversity and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of The House atMidnight, the TV Book Club pick The Bed I Made and Before We Met, which was aRichard & Judy Summer Book Club pick and an ITV3 Crime Thriller selection. Keep You Close is her fourth novel.   Author photo © Jaime Turner

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