Customer Review, I don’t know Cath, she is dead right about the cover and other points she made!
5 August 2019
This is book three of the No Worries series and is somewhat of an unusual book. It certainly isn’t what you would think it is from its cover, nor its description. This is a very dark and disturbing book, set in Thailand. As the sub-title of the book states – ‘Do Children Scare You’? Well in this book they should and the book needs to have a health warning. If you don’t like dark and somewhat gory detail sin your books, then you may be too squeamish for this one.
The main characters are a French lady, who somehow has two young children in tow, Philippa and her half-brother Nick, as well as a huge dog. Most children, you would agree, are nice and pleasant, but Philippa certainly isn’t and Nick becomes more and more influenced by her and her behaviour. They are living in a small beach hut in an area called Hua Hin. An English couple arrive for their second honeymoon, to supposedly save their marriage. Gail is a film make-up expert, which gets used as a skill later on in the book! Her husband seems a bit too interested in other women and the ones on display in lots of bars in the area. He has more of an eye for the other ladies than his own wife.
When the children spot Gail in tears, they decide to teach her husband a lesson. Gail thinks it will be something innocuous and has no idea he is being set up and framed for murder. A series of bodies begin to pile up and the police chief is under pressure to solve them quickly, especially as the main earner in Thailand is the tourist industry and murder is bad news. His older brother works in a larger city and is a more experienced police chief and keeps putting him down for his slow progress in solving the cases. Each victim has a body part missing and these parts spell out a message and possible clues.
Another character is Skylab ad her boyfriend Kev, who have come from the temple and set themselves up as an investigative agency to help the family of one of the first victims, to find her and what happened to her, as the victim’s family are still in the States. They end up work with and for a friendly police detective to try to solve the murders. The actions of the French lady are spooky and somewhat ethereal, leaving you to make up your own mind as to what or who she really is. She is influencing and training the children in what to do and they via to out-perform each other. Action moves from the small beach hut to a hideaway in Pattaya and more surprises follow.
A disturbing read and you get plenty of shocks throughout this book. What the French woman, her dog and the children themselves get up to is more than just dark! Horror just escalates as you continue through the book and Gail’s husband gets more than even Gail expected as a punishment. The re-emergence of the French lady will leave you gob-smacked and the children working on getting away from where they end up. No doubt these characters may be seen in a following story. I received an ARC copy of this book from the author and I have freely given my own opinion of the book above.