Her Last Goodnight: An utterly gripping crime thriller with a heart-stopping twist

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Eddie stands at his door anxiously waiting for the woman to arrive, touching the engagement ring box in his pocket for luck. He doesn’t hear the footsteps behind him until it’s too late…

 

Detective Finnegan Beck is called to a crime scene – a remote house near the rural Irish town of Cross Beg – where a dog lies whimpering beside his beloved owner’s body.


At first it looks like a burglary gone wrong. But Beck spots something his colleagues didn’t. The victim, Eddie Kavanagh, was wearing his smartest clothes. He’d brushed his hair. And, on closer inspection, a small velvet box containing an engagement ring is discovered in his pocket, along with a letter to a nameless woman, which seems to suggest she’s in danger.


Those who knew Eddie have no idea about a female friend though – there’s been no one in his life since a girl who he’d loved and who’d broken his heart decades before. Now Eddie leads a quiet, solitary existence, rarely going further than the fields behind his house to walk his sheepdog Max.


So who was the woman Eddie was waiting for? And did his connection with her ultimately lead to his murder? When a beautiful young woman is then found beaten to death, murdered exactly as Eddie had been, Beck has to ask – is the danger over? Or is it just beginning?


An absolutely addictive and atmospheric crime novel that will leave you gasping for breath. If you love gripping thrillers from Rachel Caine, Robert Dugoni and Kendra Elliot, you won’t be able to put this one down.


Readers love Michael Scanlon:

Bloody brilliant... Oh my goodness me... one seriously, fantastically and brilliantly written book with cracking characters and cracking storylines. I was hooked… Simply unputdownable!’ Ginger Book Geek, 5 stars


A page-turning, don't-put-it-down, yes-you-will-be-up-all-night kind of read… amazing!’ SPW Writes, 5 stars


Omg!! What an amazing and thrilling story!!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘An amazing book… Lots of twists and turns throughout… full of surprises. I thought I knew who the killer was halfway through, but I was totally wrong… I thoroughly enjoyed this book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


So many twists and turns throughout the whole book. You never knew what surprise was going to happen next. This book had me holding my breath up till the end.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


Gripping... Keeps you guessing till the end... The needle of suspicion keeps moving from one suspect to another... If you loved the detective series of Harry Bosch or Cormoran Strike, you will enjoy.’ Goodreads reviewer


Powerful… riveting... stunning.’ Plucked from the Stacks, 5 stars


If you like the Harry Hole Series by Jo Nesbø, you shouldn't miss this one... Gripping.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘Cracking... made me tear through the pages... I thought I knew whodunnit it. I wasn’t even close!... Gripping.’ Between My Lines


‘Tense, powerful and emotional... Gripped my attention from the very first page and I couldn’t tear my eyes away... fantastic.’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars


‘I absolutely loved this… I loved it so much… Truly a great book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


Wow. This was a great book. Held my attention from the first page. Tons of twists and turns. Can't wait for more.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘Brilliant… A book you’ll race through and beg for more.’ Bless Their Hearts Mom, 5 stars

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Bookouture
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Published on
Jan 14, 2020
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Pages
327
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ISBN
9781838880750
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Crime
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / International Mystery & Crime
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
Fiction / Thrillers / General
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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‘Bloody brilliant... I was hooked.’ Ginger Book Geek ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Omg!! What an amazing and thrilling story!!!’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Gripping.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Twist after twist after twist!’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘All the stars from me.’ Rona Halsall ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘I have never, ever read a whole book in one day… until now.’ Booked Up Girl ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

When a beautiful, local teenage girl is found strangled in the cold, dark woods a mile from town. The prime suspect is the seemingly-gentle drifter who found Tanya’s body.

 

Detective Finnegan Beck, recently demoted from his high-powered job in Dublin and relocated in disgrace to the small Irish town of Cross Beg, is the police officer in charge, and he seems to be the only person who can’t escape the feeling that Tanya wasn’t killed at random.

 

As he digs deeper into the shadows of Cross Beg, he begins to realise it isn’t the sleepy backwater he’d first believed. Everyone here has something to hide. Tanya had a boyfriend, whose name no one knew. A best friend with a loose relationship with the truth. And a habit she thought she’d kept hidden from everyone.

 

But, just as Beck believes he is making progress, the body of one of the suspects is found drowned in the river. Is the killer just getting started?

 

Everyone in the town seems to have something they would die to protect. But who has a secret they’d kill for?

 

This debut novel from a powerful new Irish voice is the first in a gripping series that will feature the brilliant, haunted Detective Finnegan Beck who won’t rest until justice is found. Perfect for fans of LJ Ross, Joy Ellis and Patricia Gibney.

 

Readers are loving Where She Lies:

‘Bloody brilliant... Oh my goodness me... one seriously, fantastically and brilliantly written book with cracking characters and cracking storylines. I was hooked on this book from the first moment I met Detective Finnegan Beck... addictive... simply unputdownable... the pages were turning that quickly that it was almost as if the pages were turning themselves... the world could have ended and I wouldn’t have known... several times that I almost found myself reading through my fingers... In short, I totally and utterly flipping well loved reading ‘Where She Lies’... simply outstanding... a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.’ Ginger Book Geek

 

‘A page-turning, don't-put-it-down, yes-you-will-be-up-all-night kind of read… amazing!’ SPW Writes, 5 stars

 

‘Reminds me a lot of Harry Bosch.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Gripping... pulls you in, from the very beginning right till the end... keeps you guessing till the end... unrelenting pace... excellent writing... The needle of suspicion keeps moving from one suspect to another... thrilling... If you loved the detective series of Harry Bosch or Cormoran Strike, you will enjoy this one.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Excellent ... this was one I couldn't put down... jaw-dropping. ’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Gripping… deserves more than the 5 stars.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Powerful… riveting ... stunning.’ Plucked from the Stacks, 5 stars

 

‘If you like Harry Hole Series by Jo Nesbø, you shouldn't miss this one... gripping.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Cracking... made me tear through the pages... I thought I knew whodunnit it. I wasn’t even close! ... gripping.’ Between My Lines

 

‘Started with a bang and just kept going!  The twists kept coming... I couldn't put it down.  I cannot wait to read more from this author!’ Goodreads reviewer,

 

 ‘Brilliant.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Tense, powerful and emotional... gripped my attention from the very first page and I couldn’t tear my eyes away... fantastic.’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

 

‘Excellent... I was hooked... I can't wait to return to Detective Beck and his story.’ Star Crossed Reviews

 

‘It's hard to believe this is a debut novel! ... Finnegan feels like a character you've known for years, who has had his troubles and is now facing the results ... not only flawed, but brilliant (think PBS' Sherlock Holmes).’ Bless Their Hearts Mom, 5 stars

 

‘Had me gripped ... a page turner.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Excellent... 5 stars read.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Will I be reading book 2? Yes definitely.’ Nigel Adams Bookworm

 

‘Crikey, I wasn't expecting the bad guy to be HIM! ... I was pulled into the story from the very beginning and every time I had to put the book down, I couldn't wait to pick it up again... All the stars from me and looking forward to the rest of the series.’ Rona Halsall, 5 stars

 

She began to sing, the girl. Her voice was soft, so soft it was almost of the wind. It was a lullaby. She cradled her arms, rocking them gently back and forth. As if she was holding a baby. But she was not. Her arms were empty.


On a cold morning a cyclist finds the brutally slaughtered body of a woman in her car, on a remote lane leading to the long-abandoned Irish village of Kelly’s Forge.


But when Detective Finnegan Beck arrives from the nearby town of Cross Beg to investigate he notices there’s a baby’s seat in the back of the car. A bottle of baby’s milk lying in the footwell. And no child.


Little Róisín isn’t the first child to go missing from that same remote location though. There was another baby girl, taken more than fifty years before, who was never found. Has too much time passed for there to be a connection, or does something – or someone – link these two crimes?


Beck claims he does not want to stay in Cross Beg. His heart is back in Dublin, with the woman he loves. But, knowing that a child’s life depends on him changes things. He knows he has to find the missing baby girl. Because if he doesn’t, he fears there’s a chance everyone will give up the baby for dead, just like they did before…


This dark, twisted page turner will keep you up all night. Perfect for fans of LJ Ross, Patricia Gibney, and Rachel Caine.

 

Readers are loving The Child Before:

‘So many twists and turns throughout the whole book. You never knew what surprise was going to happen next. This book had me holding my breath up til the end. I would have never guessed who the killer was. I just love books like this.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘An amazing book… Lots of twists and turns… Full of surprises. I thought I knew who the killer was halfway through but I was totally wrong.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘A fast paced thriller with heart wrenching turns!... I went from heartbroken to angry to scared!! What a perfect combination for a thriller!... I would absolutely recommend this book!’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Wow. This was a great book. Held my attention from the first page. Tons of twists and turns. Can't wait for more’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘Gripping to the end. Love the plot twists and turns... Michael Scanlon is one writer to watch for the future.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘Inspector Beck is an unforgettable character… A highly entertaining read.’ Goodreads reviewer


‘Full of twists and dark turns, the author keeps the reader guessing up until the very last page.’ Goodreads reviewer


‘This is my kind of book… kept me guessing and reading until late into the night.’ Goodreads reviewer


‘Bloody good… I didn’t for a minute spot the culprit.’ Goodreads reviewer


‘Brilliant. I love the slow unwinding of the different strands in the plot… Great writing… full of atmosphere and suspense. Well deserved five stars.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


Praise for Michael Scanlon:

‘Gripping... Keeps you guessing till the end... Unrelenting pace... excellent writing... The needle of suspicion keeps moving from one suspect to another... If you loved the detective series of Harry Bosch or Cormoran Strike, you will enjoy this one.’ Goodreads reviewer


‘A page-turning, don't-put-it-down, yes-you-will-be-up-all-night kind of read… amazing!’ SPW Writes, 5 stars


‘Started with a bang and just kept going! The twists kept coming... I couldn't put it down.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘I have never, ever read a whole book in one day… until now.’ Booked Up Girl, 5 stars

 

‘Bloody brilliant... One seriously, fantastically and brilliantly written book. I was hooked on this book from the first moment. Simply unputdownable... I totally and utterly flipping well loved [it]... Simply outstanding.’ Ginger Book Geek, 5 stars

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