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Sunday, 28 June 2015

Those We Left Behind by Stuart Neville

Those We Left Behind (DCI Serena Flanagan 1)Those We Left Behind by Stuart Neville
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

We have a lot going on in this book which only stresses and enhances the book itself.

This is the first book in a new crime series and its a brilliant start. I can't wait for me now.

DCI Serena Flanagan has been having treatment for her breast cancer, she is now well enough to return to work. Her first case is not something she wanted but its been passed to her as they feel she has the more "expertise" to handle it, plus she knew about it years ago when this crime came to light.

Its one of the old cases she was involved in, this conclusion was not what she thought was a right one.

There were two brothers, one named Ciaran Devine and the other Thomas. It was Ciaran who confessed to murdering his foster father.

Serena always thought it wasn't as straight forward as that.

Ciaran is about to be released and its her job to help him to fit into society.

We have one time where he goes into a shop and doesn't know the value of money, feeling embarrassed he leaves far more than what he should pay. There are a lot of instances that we can see what we take for granted as its a daily learning process, someone out of daily life would find it very hard to fit in, we see that.

Serena comes across a very sensitive person wanting to help, she is dedicated, but she has flaws along with personal things going on.

This is not a straight forward case, it wasn't in the past and it isn't now.
With another persons help, Paula, then can unravel what went on before.

The scenes between the past with the murder of the foster father is a bit graphic but needs to be. Its all part of setting the scene.

This is a fab book one, and I can't wait for book 2

When twelve-year-old Ciaran Devine confessed to killing his foster carer it sent shock waves through the nation. He said his older brother Thomas had tried to stop him, but the killing rage had burned too brightly. Seven years later, Ciaran’s release will set a new and even more deadly chain of events in motion.

DCI Serena Flanagan, then an ambitious Detective Sergeant, took the boy’s confession after days and weeks spent earning his trust. He hasn't forgotten the kindness she showed him – in fact, she hasn’t left his thoughts in all the years he’s been locked away.

Probation officer Paula Cunningham, reluctantly tasked with helping Ciaran re-enter society, suspects there was more to this case than the police or the prosecutors uncovered. Soon she wonders if Ciaran really committed the murder at all. His confession saved his brother Thomas from a lengthier sentence, and Cunningham sees the unnatural hold Thomas has over Ciaran.

When she brings her concerns to DCI Flanagan, the years of lies begin to unravel, leading to a truth stranger than anyone could have imagined.

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