Tuesday, 4 October 2016

The Second Stage Of Grief by Katherine Hayton

The Second Stage Of Grief by Katherine Hayton
Published by Kindle Press today, 4th October 2016.

One of my WorldReads from New Zealand

Where to buy this book:
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How I got this book:
Received an advance copy from the publisher as a reward for my successful Kindle Scout nomination

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

'A false accusation. A brutal murder. Can Ngaire find a killer before he finds her?
Ngaire Blakes is trying to put her life back together. The ex-cop resigned from the police after a vicious assault left her battling PTSD. Dragged into a murder investigation, she’s shocked to discover that all the evidence points to her.
When the body count climbs, Ngaire flees to the cold comfort of her estranged father’s hometown. In danger and not knowing who to trust, she severs contact with her closest allies and must learn to rely on herself if she’s going to catch the killer before it’s too late.

The Second Stage Of Grief is the second in Katherine Hayton's Ngaire Blakes crime series, both of which are published by Kindle Press. I enjoyed the first novel, The Three Deaths Of Magdalene Lynton, and am happy to say I think this story is even better! Ngaire is (was) a Maori policewoman in Christchurch, New Zealand, and I love how Hayton uses language and colloquialisms to bring a strong Kiwi feel to her writing. The atmosphere is very different to comparable British or American crime fiction which makes a refreshing change. In this book, we learn more about Ngaire and her past which increases her complexity as a person and also illustrates differences between her conflicting ancestries - as a Maori on her father's side and white on her mother's side. While this provides important depth, I think The Second Stage Of Grief could be read as a stand-alone novel because its crime narrative is entirely self-contained and there are enough brief nods to Three Deaths to establish Ngaire's backstory.

The Second Stage Of Grief only partly focuses on the police investigation of what becomes a series of coldly violent murders. Alongside this, we follow Ngaire as she flees threats in Christchurch to her father's rural town which I thought Hayton evoked very well enabling me to easily envisage the poverty and strong community. Ngaire's taciturn father is great to read about and his character contrasts well with the urbane Christchurch police. Hayton keeps up a good pace throughout her exciting novel and I found myself gripped, unwilling to put the book down as I just had to find out what happened next!

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1 comment:

  1. Katherine Hayton's novel Skeletal is currently free on Amazon for Halloween! Ebook link: http://amzn.to/2fu6o2L