Small Bones by Kerry Buchanan is the second audiobook in the Harvey and Birch Irish crime thriller series. The cover boasts that it’s utterly addictive and I would have to agree. Narrated by Esther Wane, I could not set this one down….
by Kerry Buchanan
Narrator: Esther Wane
Length: 9 hours and 32 minutes
Genres: Crime Fiction, Thriller
Purchase*: Audible *affiliate
Narration: 5 cups Speed: 1.4x
If you can't trust your father and you can't trust the police, who can you trust?
Sue Hearn is planting a herb garden on the site of her grandfather's old greenhouse. She's spent the morning digging up all sorts of odds and ends already. But she doesn't expect this grisly find.
Could it be the remains of her mother, Monica, who went missing thirty years ago?
Sue's father, in hospital with dementia, insinuates that a police officer was involved in her mother's disappearance. But can he be trusted?
So now Detectives Asha Harvey and Aaron Birch might be looking for a bent copper.
As they dig deeper into the past, Sue and Asha find secrets so dangerous it will put all their lives in danger.
We are back with Acting Detective Inspector Asha Harvey and Detective Constable Aaron Birch. The tale is set in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It begins with an intriguing prologue set in 1992, before we fast forward to the backyard of Sue Hearn, well technically her father’s backyard, but he is suffering from dementia and the land has been in the family for generations. She is overturning the earth to put in an herb garden when she makes a discovery. The tale that unfolds was gripping with plenty of twists and surprises to keep the listener guessing.
I am really enjoying this crime thriller series. Asha is now the Acting Inspector, and the case before them is more complicated than bones in a garden. Buchanan does a stellar job of building the case, giving us the backstory and sending our detectives on a merry hunt.
The tale can get dark and gritty, but the author keeps it grounded and realistic. When Sue mentions that her mother went missing in 1992, the detectives search for a link between the bones and Monica Hearn. Things are complicated because Sue’s father suffers from dementia. He keeps telling Sue it’s all his fault… but for what? Was he involved in the murder?
Suspense, twists and danger build as it looks more and more like someone from the department may be involved. I loved the tension. I admit I was pretty confident in my suspect, but enjoyed seeing the detectives provide proof. Fans of crime thrillers will want to grab Small Bones and the other titles in the Harvey & Birch series.
I highly recommend listening. Esther Wane brings the characters and stories to life from her accent to tones. The story itself lends perfectly to audio.
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