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Wednesday, October 4, 2023

My Thoughts - First Victim by LA Larkin.

 First Victim: An addictive and pulse-pounding crime thriller (A Sally Fairburn Crime Thriller Book 3)



The doorbell chimes loudly. Her husband answers. Muffled voices. Then a crash. The sound of her husband’s body falling to the floor. “Joseph…?” Her voice wobbles. And she knows instantly—she should have stayed silent…

Ex-cop Sally Fairburn has put the world of crime behind her, but when her old boss contacts her about working her first case as a detective, she can’t resist. The high-profile Austin case will be her first opportunity to prove herself.

Retired accountant Joseph Austin has been found dead and his wife, Fiona, in a coma, in their exclusive Peakhurst mansion. It’s a suspected burglary gone wrong, but something about the murder scene doesn’t add up: why is nothing valuable missing?

Nobody seems to know who might want to hurt this sweet old pair, but as Sally investigates, she discovers the wealthy couple weren’t as popular as she first thought. They’d been embroiled in heated arguments with their neighbor, ex-con Salvador Sobral, for months. His is the strongest motive she can find.

But before Sally can pounce, she receives a chilling call. Sobral has been brutally murdered with a thin strip of wire. Racing to find the missing link between the murders, Sally grows ever more desperate to catch the killer—especially when her violent ex-husband returns to his post with the Franklin police department, determined to discredit her.

Fiona Austin holds the answers Sally needs. But will she come round from her coma before the murderer strikes again? Or will the killer lead Sally down a dangerous path that will leave her balancing on a knife edge between life and death?

The third gripping instalment in the addictive Sally Fairburn crime thriller series, perfect for fans of Lisa Regan, Gregg Olsen and Melinda Leigh. Be prepared to stay up all night…


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About L.A. Larkin

L.A. Larkin’s crime and psychological thrillers have won her fans all over the world. Described as a superb “chiller thriller” writer by Marie Claire magazine, and praised by the king of crime, Lee Child, for her “fast and immersive” thrillers, Louisa’s novels will keep you reading all night. 

Her new Sally Fairburn series kicks off with Next Girl Missing (book 1) and Her Deadly Truth (book 2), available from all online bookstores from June 16, 2023. 

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My Thoughts 

First Victim is written by by LA Larkin. This is the first book that I’ve read by this author. This is book three in the Sally Fairburn Crime Thriller series. While this is part of a series I didn’t have any issues following along. 

Sally is now an ex cop. She’s been looking forward to moving on. However her old boss wants her to help on a case where a Retired accountant Joseph Austin has been found dead and his wife, Fiona, in a coma, in their exclusive Peakhurst mansion. The prime suspect is their neighbor, ex-con Salvador Sobral. They’ve been in a consistent argumentative state for months. However Salvador ends up dead. 

Sally does not agree with the  initial assessment of a robbery gone wrong. She digs deep and tries to sort it all out. However her abusive ex husband shows back up in her life and he’s determined to discredit everything she’s ever done. 

I loved all the twists and turns. I loved that the book draws you in within the first few pages and doesn’t let you go. The book is well written and I adored Sally. 

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for sharing a complimentary advance copy of the book. All thoughts are my own. 

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