The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths is ninth in the Ruth Galloway mystery series, I had no idea what to think when I went into this book. I had not read any of the previous novels and, truthfully, had never even heard of this series! I was a little bit worried it would be the same old police procedural style novel and I was ready to throw it into my DNF pile when this story completely sucked me.
Ruth Galloway, a forensic archaeologist, is called to investigate a set of human remains found in an old chalk mining tunnels that run underneath the city of Norwich. Meanwhile, DCI Nelson and his team are hunting for a missing woman. Could the two cases be connected? As Ruth investigates, she begins to discover signs of cannibalism on the remains and when rumours of secret societies and ritual killings begin swimming, they realize that their quest to find the killer has just begun….and he is just getting started.
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Naturally, the new Paula Hawkin’s novel, Into the Water, was on my “most anticipated” list for spring. I didn’t particularly love or hate The Girl on the Train (if you want, you can check out my review for that one here) but I did admire the ability of Hawkin’s writing and was intrigued by a story that could take the world by storm. I was curious to see what her second novel would be like.
I went into this one completely blind; I had obviously seen the cover image and knew many bloggers were feeling a “love it or hate it” type of vibe, but I did not want to be swayed. So I stayed away from reviews and from the synopsis of this book until I was ready to dive in!
See what I did there? That was a water pun.
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Ella, a woman with a tainted past, will stop at nothing to protect her son. Struggling to remember incidents of her childhood that leave her with paralyzing panic attacks, her son is taken from her and put into a foster home. After Ella kidnaps him and flees to the small town where she was born, deeply buried family secrets force, Ella, to confront her past and finally uncover what her body has been trying to tell her all this time. What happened the night her mother was murdered? Was her father wrongfully convicted?
What My Body Remembers, a new slow burning suspense by Agnete Friis (OUT TODAY!) combines a tightly woven plot and unreliable characters to create a story that will both unnerve and compel its readers. Finally, a Nordic Noir that I can fully become consumed it! I often struggle with some of the Nordic crime stories I try to read as they usually follow a police procedural style narrative; however, What My Body Remembers breaks this mould!
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