Book & Author Details:
Turn A Blind Eye by Vicky Newham
Publication date: April 5th 2018
A twisted killer has a deadly riddle for DI Maya Rahman to solve in this pulse-racing thriller, the first in an addictive new series set in East London.
A headmistress is found strangled in her East London school, her death the result of a brutal and ritualistic act of violence. Found at the scene is a single piece of card, written upon which is an ancient Buddhist precept:
I shall abstain from taking the ungiven.
At first, DI Maya Rahman can’t help but hope this is a tragic but isolated murder. Then, the second body is found.
Faced with a community steeped in secrets and prejudice, and with a serial killer on her hands, Maya must untangle the cryptic messages left at the crime scenes to solve the deadly riddle behind the murders – before the killer takes another victim.
I don’t read a lot in this genre, but the synopsis piqued my interest. I’m glad that it did, because I think that I would have missed out otherwise.
In my opinion, this is an impressive debut. One of the reasons I don’t read many crime stories any more is that they can get bogged down in procedure or unnecessary detail which slows the narrative. There was none of that here.
The pacing was good and picked up as the story went on. The plot line was solid and there was enough side drama to keep the reader interested on multiple levels.
Did I guess who the perpetrator was? No. There was sufficient misdirection and false leads to keep me firmly in the dark. And I didn’t mind at all.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Vicky Newham is a writer, psychologist and teacher. She is the author of the DI Maya Rahman series of police procedural novels set in multi-cultural East London. The first, TURN A BLIND EYE, will be published on April 5th 2018. It has been optioned for TV by Playground Entertainment. The setting of the novels, and its main character, were inspired by the 4 years that Vicky spent living and working in the area.
Vicky grew up in Sussex and currently lives in Kent. She studied Psychology at university and is still fascinated by what makes people tick.