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Death at Whitewater Church

Author : Andrea Carter
Published: 03 September 2015
Reviewed: 08 September 2015

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Copy kindly supplied by Little, Brown Book Group UK in return for an honest review via NetGalley.


4 out of 5 stars

When a skeleton is discovered, wrapped in a blanket, in the hidden crypt of a deconsecrated church, everyone is convinced the bones must be those of Conor Devitt, a local man who went missing on his wedding day six years previously. But the post mortem reveals otherwise.

Solicitor Benedicta ‘Ben’ O’Keeffe is acting for the owners of the church, and although an unwelcome face from her past makes her reluctant to get involved initially, when Conor’s brother dies in strange circumstances shortly after coming to see her, she finds herself drawn in to the mystery. Whose is the skeleton in the crypt and how did it get there? Is Conor Devitt still alive, and if so is there a link? What happened on the morning of his wedding to make him disappear?

Negotiating between the official investigation, headed up by the handsome but surly Sergeant Tom Molloy, and obstructive locals with secrets of their own, Ben unravels layers of personal and political history to get to the truth of what happened six years before.

When a skeleton is discovered in a deconsecrated church in a small Irish community, the local gossip mill goes into overdrive.  Is it Conor Devitt, the young man that went missing on his wedding day six years ago?  Was it left behind when the church was deconsecrated? 
Ben O’Keffe, the local solicitor, is unlucky enough to have been with the surveyor when the skeleton was found, and so is linked to it and the investigation of it’s identity by the Guards.  
In her position as the local solicitor Ben O’Keffe has access to information that can help unravel the mystery, but along the way she discovers more information that could potentially cause her danger.

Ben is portrayed as inquisitive and determined, which comes across well, indeed you feel yourself almost urging her on to question things more and more.  And when it comes to her struggles with her own past, you feel bound to keep reading to find out what’s holding her back from Tom Molloy and everyone else in the village on a personal level. 
The gruff Tom Molloy is well written, this is a character you feel frustration with, but at the same time, take a liking to for his well hidden soft side.  The local villagers are just what you would expect, all with their own tales but all connected somehow or another and each one so different.   

Andrea Carter writes well, the landscape descriptions are very detailed, it is possible to imagine the windswept beaches, the jagged coastal settings and the small villages.  

Small village life is also well described, everyone knows everyone’s story, everyone is linked somehow or another and all it takes is speaking to the right person to find out the history of someone. 

The pace of the novel is good, to begin with the scene has to be set, discoveries have to be made and evidence needs to be linked together but there is a great feeling of involvement  and enjoyment for the reader.  As the pace picks up there is the definite feeling of this being a page turner, desperately trying to find out how it all links together and what Ben’s secret is.   

I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys Fiction, Thrillers and Mystery.

I would like to thank Little, Brown Book Group UK for the copy of this book in return for an honest review and if you would like to buy a copy, this book was published on 3rd September .  A copy can be purchased here Death at Whitewater Church (UK Hardback Edition)

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