Hot young British film star Amanda Delany had the world at her feet. She'd had a string of affairs with famous actors, making perfect fodder for the tabloids. Then came a commission to write a tell-all memoir. When Amanda is found brutally murdered, DCI James Langton's enquiry discovers the sad truth behind her successful facade. Addicted to drugs and starvation diets, she'd almost died from a botched abortion. Meanwhile, DI Anna Travis is up for promotion, but Langton is blocking her, accusing her of professional misconduct. This latest case could make or break Anna's career.
Reviewed on 5th April 2015
The fifth Anna Travis book sees the character become part of a new team investigating the death of a young film star. It's nice to see the progression of the main character in both her career and personal life, though there are many elements that continue to be a part of the series following on from earlier books, and I wondered whether much of it would make as much sense without reading the earlier novels.
The mystery is good, with a range of suspects to dig into, and more information is revealed at every step, keeping the plot from stalling. Like other books in the series though, some of the more personal and career aspects of Travis' life feel slightly unbelievable and presented in an over the top manner. In places I couldn't keep my disbelief suspended as she's surrounded by a cast who are so unlikeable that Travis shines through like an angel - perhaps this is only because we're presented the story from her point of view.
Overall I enjoyed the story and am glad there's a good few left in the series to continue, though I hope there are some changes to come otherwise some elements are going to become overly repetitive.