Book: The Love Detective
Author: Angela Dyson
Synopsis: “He’d thought himself the hunter, that I was easy prey but what he hadn’t bargained for, was contending with a woman who hadn’t eaten a square meal in twenty-four hours. I get mean when I’m hungry.”
Clarry Pennhaligan, low on ambition but high on energy, can’t seem to come up with a proper grown-up plan to kick-start her life. Planning really isn’t her thing. But then she happens upon her true vocation: Snooping. Discovering other people’s secrets and getting paid for it. What could possibly go wrong? Well……as it turns out, just about everything and soon Clarry finds herself in real danger.
(I received this as an ARC from Netgalley in return for an honest review.)
I was really surprised with how much I enjoyed this, I mean I knew it was going to be something I liked otherwise I wouldn’t have requested it on Netgalley. But the tone and the sophistication of the writing was a welcome surprise, as the premise made it sound like the story could have been quite juvenile. It actually turned out to be quite serious, and have some dark twists.
Firstly, I really liked the writing as it sucked me into the story and I felt connected to the main character, Clarry really easily. While it did make me feel cringey that her best friend asked her to do some investigating into her new boyfriend, I was taken unwittingly on to quite an impressive journey. My cynical mind was quickly quieted as I enjoyed the antics that she got up to and the way she pieced together a story.
The story itself was evidently thoroughly planned. Every time I thought the story must be drawing to a close, it just carried on with another twist or another plot to foil. Obviously some scenes were very questionable, but I quickly grasped that this was the sort of story that you were supposed to enjoy and not over analyse every detail. The length of the book was very impressive, although I do feel that it needn’t have been as long as it was. It could have been very easy to condense that story, and not have so many elements and themes running through it.
One slight criticism I do have, is that I believe a cover and synopsis of the book should always reflect the story inside. While they portrayed that the story was going to be a light, fluffy, funny read about two friends standing up for one another, and the other going on funny antics to find out what is wrong with the boyfriend – it was actually intensely dark and serious, more crime, thriller than anything else.
Most importantly, I really enjoyed this first installment and thought it was a quick, interesting read.
Rating: 3. 75 stars