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Thursday, 21 January 2021

Book Review: Ask No Questions by Claire Allan

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Twenty-five years ago, on Halloween night, eight-year-old Kelly Doherty went missing while out trick or treating with friends.

Her body was found three days later, floating face down, on the banks of the Creggan Reservoir by two of her young classmates.

It was a crime that rocked Derry to the core. Journalist Ingrid Devlin is investigating – but someone doesn’t want her to know the truth. As she digs further, Ingrid starts to realise that the Doherty family are not as they seem. But will she expose what really happened that night before it’s too late?


Thrilling and suspenseful, Ask No Questions is a tense mystery thriller bound to keep you on the edge of your seat!

Ingrid is the lead journalist on the case, covering the anniversary of tragic schoolgirl Kelly Doherty's brutal murder. A man has been found guilty of the crime and served his time, yet as he continues to protest his innocence, Ingrid's detective skills are put to the test. Did he really kill Kelly Doherty, or was he framed all those years ago?

As Ingrid finds herself drawn into the case, the past comes back to haunt her with a vengeance. With suspicious circumstances and shifty characters around every corner, this is an excellently paced novel with plenty of surprises to keep you guessing. 

Ingrid is a tough cookie and a top-quality journalist. She refuses to back down from a story and is totally committed to her work. She's likeable and well-rounded, with just enough vulnerability to make you want to protect her. The supporting characters are also intriguing. From Ingrid's boss Ryan to the grieving Doherty family and the twins Declan and Niall, it seems as though everyone has a story to tell.

This is a slow burner of a thriller, yet it is still gripping and thoroughly engaging. With each new revelation, it feels as though you are in the room with Ingrid, helping to piece together clues and untangle each thread. The story is twisty and unexpected at times, making it hard to predict what will happen next. It's complex and well-crafted, leading up to one last shocking twist at the end of the book.

Unpredictable and difficult to put down, Ask No Questions is a gritty, atmospheric read. 

Rating: 4 stars

Ask No Questions is available to buy now.

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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