Tuesday 25 October 2022

The Uninvited Guest - K.T. Galloway - Annie O'Malley Book 5

The Uninvited Guest
Annie O'Malley Book 5
A.W.E. Publishing
ISBN 9781915197047

The last story in this series, The House of Secrets, was a different story compared to the rest in the series. This one is back to the same format and style as the first 3. It is a  British Crime Procedural novel, mystery - thriller. This one is more ghost story and misadventure.

Over the last few years I have read many crime or thriller novels. I love the DCI Kett novels from Alex Smith and the DCI Will Blake novels from J.E. Mayhew. And the DCI Jack Logan books by J.D. Kirk. Alex Smith had recommended Mayhew and I ripped through that series, so when he recommended this series I had to give it a try. They have not disappointed.

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 has been 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. In this one O’Malley and Swift are on a case at a resort. O’Malley begins to realize being on the Major Crimes team is where she belongs. And even though there is anxiety and stress from the cases it is where she belongs. She also begins to see what a key role she plays in being the heart and intuition of the team.

The description of the book is:

“Back in Norfolk and back to work, Annie O’Malley and DI Swift are called to an isolated seaside village and the exclusive Paradise Grove Spa.

Renowned for its peace and tranquility, the spa and its staff offer the chance to relax and recuperate in a discrete private setting on its own causeway. So when a dead body turns up in one of the rooms with no clue to who he is or how he got there, suspicion falls on the secretive group of guests.

Cut off by the encroaching tidal swell, O’Malley and Swift find themselves in a race against time to eliminate the suspects before the killer eliminates them.”

This story again puts both O’Malley and Swift in the line of fire. Not actual gun fire but at great personal risk. They need to piece together information that is just not lining up. And O’Malley feels something is off with several of the people they have investigated and interviewed. But can they piece it together before their own lives become forfeit and more of the land crumbles into the sea?

As an aside O’Malley’s sister Mim finally reaches out, but will O’Malley be able to read the message she has waited years to receive? To find out you will need to read this highly suspenseful novel. It is a good read, in a fun series and leaves you waiting for the next volume Deadly Games.

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