‘The Deadly Truth’ by Valerie Keogh


Newly promoted to junior partner, Melanie Scott feels she’s got everything going for her, so when she meets the charming Hugo in a pub, it’s just another good thing in her life. And that’s when something in Melanie’s past comes back to haunt her. Taunted by mysterious texts and emails, it seems like her whole life might be about to unravel.

This the first book I’ve read by this author, and on the face of it, Ms Keogh tells a good tale. There’s a fair bit of tension as the protagonist finds herself drowning in waves of doubt and worry as she struggles to work out who she can trust. The sense of isolation is portrayed well and though Melanie is a bit of a wimp at times, her anxieties had a realistic feel.

Having said that, the writing is a little clunky in places and could do with another edit to tighten things up. I also guessed early on who the ‘bad guy’ was and while it’s always nice to feel superior at working it all out, I’d have preferred to be surprised at the author’s cunning plan.

An enjoyable read, albeit a little predictable.

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  4 comments for “‘The Deadly Truth’ by Valerie Keogh

  1. 09/12/2020 at 3:43 PM

    I like how you presented such a balanced picture with this review, Colin


    • 10/12/2020 at 6:49 AM

      Thanks Robbie – as the Queen would say, One does one’s best 😉


  2. 28/11/2020 at 5:22 PM

    Ah, now you have me curious as to whether I’d work it all out, Colin.


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