Saturday 25 September 2021

Corn Dolls - K.T. Galloway - Annie O'Malley Book 1

Corn Dolls
Annie O'Malley Book 1
A.W.E. Publishing
ISBN 9781915197009

Wow, what an excellent debut novel from Galloway. I was very impressed with this book. This is an excellent British Crime Procedural novel. And I have read many over the last few years. I love the DCI Kett novels from Alex Smith and the DCI Will Blake stories from J.E. Mayhew. But this story gives up something very different. Alex smith had recommended Mayhew and I ripped through that series, so when he recommended this novel by his sister I had to give it a try. It did not disappoint. In fact for a debut novel I am very impressed. I enjoyed this one so much I pre ordered book 2 as soon as I finished this volume.

Annie O’Malley is a psychotherapist and former police officer. And not only does she have baggage from her stunted police career, but even more from experiences when she was young. Now she is being drawn back, back into a world she had left behind, back to a world she was glad was behind her. Back to her own childhood and her sister who is still missing. And back into a high stakes games. But if she loses this game someone else will pay with their life.  

For a young girl has gone missing and the only clue is a crudely twisted doll from a corn stalk. O’Malley does not want to go back to this world, but she fears she might know the identity of the kidnapper, and DI Joe Swift the lead on the case thinks she is the one to help them bring home the missing girl. Then as they are investigating, others start going missing. Can O’Malley overcome her past to save the kids in the present. Can She and Swift work together even though his own past is filled with ghosts.   

This book has a bit of it all. Several abducted children. A strange church-cult. A haunted therapist and a Di on the edge. But sometimes things come together. But to find out if they do in this book you will need to pick it up and give it a read. 

The writing is great in this story. The pace excellent. The characters are great, readers who do not like Swift and O’Malley might want to check their heartbeat. Interesting twists in the plot. And great use of past angst and hurt to trigger a move forward and maybe some are healing. Overall a very good read. And I am looking forward to the next, Foxton Girls, and hopefully many more.

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