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Monday, 20 August 2018
LILY WHITE IN DETROIT by Cynthia Harrison @CynthiaHarriso1 #RBRT
How I discovered this book: it was submitted to Rosie's Book Review Team, of which I am a member. Genre: Crime, Psychological
Lily White is a PI in Detroit who usually concentrates on insurance
scams and missing persons. When she is
asked to investigate the activities of Jimmy Heyl's wife, she finds herself involved
in much more than she bargained for, and events become complicated when her
personal and professional lives become intertwined.
The novel is written in alternating POVs: Lily in the 1st
person, and Detective Paxton in the third.
From the beginning of the story, we discover that there is more to Lily
than meets the eye, and the mystery surrounding her is drip-fed slowly, which I
liked. The theme of PTSD is examined
throughout the novel, with regard to both Lily and the ex-partner of
Paxton. It is clear that the author has
done her research into not only the psychological effects but also the
physiological, and the effect is quite an eye-opener for a reader such as me; I
knew very little about it. The factual
side of the novel is convincing throughout, and I liked the picture of the
Detroit of the 21st century.
I do warm to an emotionally damaged loner in novels, and
though this character type is one to be found often in detective stories both
in literature and on-screen, Lily was in no way a stereotype. The author's background in romance novel
writing was evident in that I could see exactly where a certain relationship
was heading from the very beginning (you know how in romance novels the reader
knows before the characters do!), but this element did not seem out of place,
for this is a psychological drama as well as a crime story.
There were some events that I thought deserved to be shown in
an actual scene via flashback, or at the time, rather than the details being related to one character from another in dialogue, which would have made for more
impact and suspense, but on the whole it's a cleverly put together book, and I'd
recommend it for anyone who enjoys unravelling murder clues, or has particular
interest in PTSD.