Author: Hannah Holborn
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Age Group: Adult (18+)
Rating: 4,5 stars
Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
How far will a woman go to protect and provide for her family?
Detective Harvey Sam is about to find out.
Five years after botching the Gabriel Wheeler abduction case, Detective Harvey Sam faces the second major case of his career. An asthmatic mother, Gillian, eats peanut butter before surgery—and dies on the operating table as planned. Her suicide ends an abusive affair and is meant to provide for her family through a malpractice settlement. Instead, Gillian’s husband, her teenage son, and a doctor with an undiagnosed dissociative identity disorder, must flee for their lives. They are pursued by the doctor’s husband, the psychopathic lover who drove Gillian to her death.
Book 2 in the Missing & Exploited Suspense Series, Strange Lineup explores power imbalances between men, women and children and the alternative realities some young victims create to survive.
I’m not quite sure where Hannah Holborn gets her inspiration from for her books, but it’s a dark, menacing and utterly fascinating place that I want to visit too. Last week, I read and reviewed All That Remains, and mentioned how much I enjoyed the book. I was eager to get started on the sequel, Strange Lineup, and well… I liked the first book. I enjoyed it a lot. But book two? That book totally blew me away.
Harvey Sam, our detective in charge, is back to solve another case. Well, hopefully solve another case, because this case is complicated, filled with twists and surprises, and he’ll need all his wit and intelligence to figure this one out, and get everyone out alvie.
We also get some scenes from Harvey’s personal life, with his wife Romy and stepdaughter Helena, and I really enjoyed those scenes. They show a softer side to detective Sam, a loving, caring side, which is a stark contrast to the gruesome reality he often finds himself in while working.
The case at hand isn’t straightforward at all. A woman, Gillian, mother and wife, commits suicide on the operating table, a plan long hatched in her mind. While her plan is for this to provide for her husband, Frank, and son, Anatole, reality is quite different. Frank and Anatole have to run for their lives, pursued by the lover who drove Gillian to her death.
The writing is fast-paced, throwing us from one scene into another flawlessly. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. A truly enjoyable mystery / thriller.