Closer to Home, is a crime based novel, with DI Kate very much in the forefront, and I really connected with her character straight away. The description of the area Thorpe, which I haven't visited felt real and I could associate with the community that is living there.
Kate has a past that you find out about as you read on, flawed, but not to the point of annoyance. With her heart and professionalism she wants the killer found quickly. How she manages to do this and flashback to her time living in Thorpe was well conceived.
Hammersley, takes us back to the era of 1985 and as I grew up then I had a soft spot and a reminisce of what life was like. For Kate and her school friends living where they did, it wasn't an easy time. How this affected the cast of characters that we are given was in various ways.
Closer to Home is an easy page turning read with plenty of unease and trepidation running through out. I found the pace was perfect for revealing the plotlines, and we are given plenty of suspects, atmosphere and great characters throughout.
I am hoping this isn't the last we see of Kate and her team.
Heleyne Hammersley was born in South Yorkshire but has lived in Cumbria for the last twenty years where she sometimes teaches English and often walks on the fells.
She has been writing since junior school – her first work was a collection of poems called Give Them the Works when she was ten years old. The poems were carefully handwritten on plain paper and tied together with knitting wool. Since then she’s gone on to complete a number of creative writing courses with the Open University and she is a regular NaNoWriMo participant.
The idea for her first novel, Forgotten, came about while on an extended holiday in China and South-East Asia in 2001.
Heleyne's second novel, Fracture, again features travel. Set against the backdrop of the Great Ocean Road this tense psychological thriller centres around a fatal road trip.