Title: Dead Feint (Elders Edge #2)
Author: Grant Atherton
Publisher: self published
Release Date: November 2018
Page Count: 224
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
It was meant to be a favour for a friend. Forensic Psychologist, Michael MacGregor, about to return to his old hometown of Elders Edge to reestablish his relationship with the local Police Chief, DCI Nathan Quarryman, agrees to help revitalise the investigation into an old murder case.
But when did anything ever go to plan?
On his return, not only is his relationship put under pressure, but he sets in motion a series of events that have catastrophic consequences for all involved.
I remembered liking the previous book despite not liking main character (I thought he was entitled and I dislike cheating in books.Just to be clear, it’s not between heroes, but Mikey is still married) It’s a shame I didn’t have time to do a reread of number one because the book started without warming up dropping the case right into Mikey’s lap practically without “hello and how do you do”.
Mikey’s life is undergoing changes on both personal and professional front. New old home, new old love. The situation between two men gets complicated just as the supposedly cold case heats up. The story has intriguing premise and plot unravels slowly. Nothing is as it seems at first.
I still didn’t like Mikey (not fond of his treatment of Nathan) but he comes off more sympathetic in this book. Despite that, my interest in the story never wavered. Once everything was out in the open it was actually interesting going back over story and pinpointing all the clues scattered trough the narrative.
The end left me picking my jaw from the floor. I honestly didn’t see it coming. I couldn’t believe when all pieces fell into place and villain was revealed.
It was awesome!
To recap, mystery plot was great, the romance was mainly in the background. However, it addresses problems in their relationship and there is progress so it makes sense. The men are not perfect, and the fact that they are in love doesn’t make it easy for them. They are still invested enough to be determined to muddle trough. It helps that supporting characters are strong in their own right and their inclusion adds to the story.
I gather from author’s website that there is third book in the works and would love to get my hands on it.