“Here She Lies” by Kerena Swan – Book Review

Prequel novella to the novel “Blood Loss” which introduces DI Dave Paton and his son Tommy.

Harry was nineteen when his mother died. His sister Stacie was ten. Feeling unable to cope with acting as parent, Stacie was put into foster care through no choice of Harry’s. Now Harry is married and a father himself. Stacie has estranged herself from Harry since she started a relationship with her boyfriend Joshua.

Then, Stacie calls him in the middle of the night to tell him that she had a baby girl and that Joshua shot her and buried her in the woods. Distraught, Harry calls the police.

DI Paton is married to Wendy, who suffers from severe depression. He is the father to a teenage boy named Tommy who has Down’s Syndrome.

Paton has recently moved to Scotland from England and is eager to prove to his new team that despite his family problems, he is committed to the job and his team.

Having read and enjoyed this author’s previous novel “Scared to Breathe“,  and “Who’s There?“, I was in no doubt as to whether I would relish “Here She Lies“. I was in no way disappointed.

The protagonist in this police procedural is a caring man who has yet to show his ‘mettle’ to his new coworkers.

This short novella is a sound introduction to the characters that we will come to meet in “Blood Loss”, the first full length novel in the D.I. Paton series.

I am eager to make a better acquaintance with Paton, his family, and his team.

This digital novel is not available on Amazon, but you can download it for free by clicking on the following graphic.

If you are fond of reading police procedurals, I recommend you do.

Listen to an hour long interview with the author Kerena Swan TODAY on her publisher’s website.This review was written voluntarily and my rating was in no way influenced by the fact that I received a complimentary digital copy of this novella from the author.

Blood Loss” the first full length novel to feature D.I. Paton and his ensemble, will be available for purchase tomorrow, March 23, 2021.

Kerena Swan trained as a Social Worker and worked for Social Services for over 25 years. For the past 14 years she has owned and managed an ‘outstanding’ rated care agency for children with disabilities. Following serious illnesses she decided to fulfill her long-held ambition of writing a book and getting it published. ‘Dying to See You’, published by Bloodhound Books, was her debut novel.
After many years of writing professionally in the course of her work, Kerena has discovered the exhilaration and deep joy of writing fiction and can be found at all hours in front of her computer. Her second novel ‘Scared to Breathe’ was released on 3rd June 2019 by Bloodhound Books.
Kerena lives with her family in a small village in Bedfordshire, England and her books are set in the surrounding areas.
Drawing on her extensive knowledge and experience of the problematic world of social work and social studies, Kerena adds a unique angle to the domestic noir and crime genre. Her latest novel, “Who’s There?” is self-published.

Kerena has recently signed up with the publisher Hobeck Books.
Visit https://kerenaswan.wordpress.com/  and join her mailing list.

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About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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