Review: Midnight Lies (DI Mariner #9) by Chris Collett


Print Length: 329 pages
Publisher: Joffe Books (February 21, 2022)

From  Secrets, lies, bodies. Nothing stays buried forever . . .

An abandoned campsite in Norfolk. Developers unearth a human skeleton. The remains of an eighteen-year-old girl.

Robina Scanlon. A blast from the past that shocks Detective Tom Mariner to his core.

She was his holiday romance in the sweltering summer of 1976.

He thought she was the one who got away. Now he realizes she never even left.

All these years, she’s been buried back at their campsite. Who left her there to rot?

Mariner heads to Norfolk, driven by an obsessive need to uncover the truth. But the trail went cold years ago, with just one lead left to cling to.

Robina was last seen out on the campsite, with a mystery man at her side.

Was he her friend? Her killer? Or what?

The closer Mariner gets to the twisted truth, the more he fears the answers lie buried in his own dark past.

Can he face up to his demons before the killer strikes again?


My Rating: 2 stars out of 5

Let me begin by saying that although this is book number nine in this series, it holds up well enough on its own as a stand-alone read. 

However, I had two big issues with this one. The first being that the author often goes back and forth between using people's first and last names (for example in one sentence a character is referred to as Jesson, while in another that same character is referred to by her first name, Vicky) made it so I had to sometimes go back and try and figure out just who the author was referring to. When there are so many characters in play at any given time, it would have been helpful if the author had picked one name and been consistent in using it. 

My second issue with this one is the fact that the over-lapping story-lines quickly become tedious with the amount of detail that is thrown at us. I get it, these are two different cases with highly different circumstances, however, I found myself quickly losing interest in both of the stories (especially the current case involving a man who died of natural causes, but was a person of potential interest due to the dead body found in his trunk at the time of the accident). Considering how strongly this novel started off, I was highly disappointed. 

All things considered, while I don't feel like this is an author that I will enjoy, I may give them another chance down the road, and I do feel as though this novel will appeal to those who are already fans of this series. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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