To most people, Detective Inspector Milton Bowman appears to have an ideal life. But some secrets aren’t buried deep enough.
After a tragic car accident, and a shocking murder, DI Milton’s colleagues have to start digging into every aspect of his life.
Suspicion and disbelief creep into their lives as a web of deceit unfolds – the Bowman family, friends and even colleagues come under suspicion. No one is to be trusted.
Nothing is as it appears.
Buried Secrets, the second in the East Rise series, starts with a tragic accident, closely followed by a murder, one that puts the police themselves at the heart of the investigation. Front and centre of trying to find the murderer should be DI Harry Powell; unfortunately, he’s at best a witness, at worst a suspect, so off the case.
Instead it’s down to DI Doug Philbert and DCI Barbara Venice to head up what will prove to me a much more complicated case than any of them might have thought. Amongst the team they are leading are some familiar faces, including DC Hazel Hamilton, who is appointed Family Liaison Officer and finds herself supporting the nineteen year old son of the victim.
I suppose one of the first things I would say about Buried Secrets, and one of things I liked about it, is exactly what drew me to the first in the series, Mercy Killing – the fact that this book really shows how the police work, and how team work is at the heart of what they do. Whilst some characters here take front and centre, it is all the officers as a unit, working together, that solve the case. No one is a lone wolf, so often the case nowadays in books.
What it does mean though is that it took me a while to get all the characters straight in my head, who they were, what their roles were and what type of personalities they had. I did get it, but it was probably a good 10 chapters in before everything fell into place. The good new is, once I did, there wasn’t anyone I didn’t warm to or want to find out more about.
And this is something I am hoping I will get to as the series goes on because what Lisa Cutts did here is, I thought, quite clever. Whilst Harry was one of the main characters in the first book, and is definitely present here, it was Hazel who dominated this novel (and not in a bad way). I liked getting to know her here and understanding what made her tick
I also liked that she had the role of family liaison, something which I know exists but don’t really know what they do. Hats of to them I would say now because it’s a hard, emotionally draining, job by the sounds of it. Focusing on this aspect of the case (though not to the detriment of the investigation, there was plenty of that), gave this book a different slant, which I liked.
Other things I liked? The twists and turns, which started to come thick and fast in the second half as you were left guessing who the guilty party was, and the sub-plot involving a local drug gang (which I’m hoping might be the subject of another novel because there are some nasty characters there that might make a good story). Plus the fact that I got to see not just the investigation but the trial.
What I didn’t like? Not a lot, if I’m honest. The getting my head round the large cast maybe but that’s a minor complaint and may just be down to my age and terrible memory for names. Also, for me, it was just a little too long – not much, maybe fifty pages, but there were a few scenes of Hazel’s burgeoning relationship I could maybe have done without.
And that’s it really. Overall, I found myself liking this book a lot and recommending it for fans of police procedurals…Enjoy!
Note: I received this book in return for a fair and honest review; all thoughts, feelings and opinions are my own.