Next up on David’s Book Blurg I’m reviewing Deadly Harm by Owen Mullen.
Here’s the blurb
Genre – Thriller.
It’s been five years since Mackenzie Darroch was abducted and held captive in a derelict house.
She thought she’d found her way out of the darkness. She was wrong.
When she witnesses a car crash and saves the driver’s life, it sets in motion a chain of events that will alter both their futures.
The two women get involved in a high profile police case and draw the attention of a ruthless reporter. Gina Calvi is convinced Mackenzie is not what she appears and is prepared to do anything to prove it.
Meanwhile, across the city, Kirsty McBride, a young single mother, is persuaded to leave a violent relationship. Her partner, Malkie Boyle a Glasgow hardman, is due to be released from prison. Once back on the street and bent on revenge, Boyle is determined to find the people responsible for stealing his family from him.
Can Mackenzie save them or will Boyle get his revenge?
Do you know what the first thing that stands out after reading this book? It’s not just how good the book is but also how good the author is in linking his books while at the same time allowing you to read as standalones… for an avid fan like myself I loved the name drop of Charlie Cameron :).. (If you’ve not read the Charlie Cameron series yet you should do!)
So we’ve met Mackenzie previously in a tale called In Harm’s Way..a thriller that packed a punch. To give you a bit of a background without spoilers Mackenzie is a survivor after she was abducted and held captive.. it’s been around 5 years and she’s trying to rebuild her life by supporting others who have suffered domestic abuse… she will never forget and the scars run deep but inside she knows just how lucky she was and she’s willing to pay it forward.
Little does Mackenzie know her life will take a sharp turn after a chance meeting at the scene of a car crash..can she save this woman?
The worst happens when Mackenzie must turn away another in need.. she simply can’t help everyone and this has deadly results and sends her life into a spiral downhill fast!
Racked with guilt Mackenzie won’t let this happen again so when she’s asked to help by a concerned mother will she step over the line to get the job done? You bet she will! The issue is she’s came so far in her life that there’s a chance of love on the cards… but can she hide the truth of recent events?
Deadly Harm has a gripping plot that’s packed full of detail..There’s no holes in the tale.. it’s simply perfect and paced so that you are just hooked.
For me there’s quite an important message within the tale and that’s the whole domestic abuse angle..while the physical scars may heal the emotional ones will never truly heal and it’s important we all remember this.
I felt for Mackenzie.. she’s so strong and to have her as the female lead was an excellent choice.. she’s also backed up by an amazing ensemble of characters, each play their part to perfection.
The addition of DI Andrew Geddes into the mix was the perfect move. Deadly Harm really give him a chance to develop as a character and his struggles made him human and relatable.. I think it’s one of the real reasons I get sucked into Owen’s work..he gives you characters you can’t help but get invested in… you actually care what happens to them.
As thrillers go this has to be one of the best and Owen knows how to ramp up the action just when it’s needed… he never fails to give you hard-hitting thrillers that have moments that will stay with me forever.. If ever a tale needed to hit the small screen then this is it.. Get on it Netflix!