I was initially disappointed that Glenrock by Lee Christine wasn’t going to feature some of the characters from her earlier work but very much enjoyed those she introduced here and now hope to see / meet them again. She introduces a few plot lines – something that sometimes frustrates me if they ultimately connect in a very nebulous way, but that’s not the case here. She offers two or three distinct storylines that are all connected and merge in a way that isn’t contrived or coincidental. Rather there’s an obvious causal relationship that effortlessly (and tragically) plays out.Glenrock
by Lee Christine
Published by Allen & Unwin AU
Source: Allen & Unwin
Genres: Crime Fiction, Police Procedural
When Justice Maurice Tempest is murdered in the Glenrock State Conservation Area in Newcastle, local detective Senior Sergeant Callan O'Connor is the first on the scene. News of a second body, found in the same location days later, makes what had looked like a revenge killing into so much more.
Angela Avery, formerly a political journalist, is spending a lot of time at the Hunter Valley Prison interviewing a soon-to-be-released forger, Benjamin Reid. When O'Connor's investigation reveals an interest in Ben, Angela is determined to protect both her source and her fledgling relationship with O'Connor.
Meanwhile, two young, female lawyers have disappeared after making a devastating discovery in an upcoming case.
Here we’re offered two main characters, (cop) Callan and (former journalist) Angela with a good dose of young lawyer Goldie thrown into the mix. The link between all three cases becomes clear fairly quickly though we’re not exactly sure what’s precipitated them coming to a head, forcing the death of the judge and what-comes-next.
Angela and Callan are likeable leads. Callan’s moved to Newcastle after his ex-wife had a stroke so his son could be near his mother, and Angela’s hiding in Newcastle after being attacked by a stalker in Adelaide (and I suspect we may come back to that storyline in future books as it’s not examined in much detail here). They’re separately dealing with pieces of the puzzle, though ultimately join forces. Goldie and colleague (and flatmate) Nicola’s piece of the puzzle takes longer to be revealed but it helps unearth the twenty-five year old secrets now coming to light.
Christine paces this book well, particularly that last puzzle piece and balances the investigation(s) with a bit of romance and family drama. She also manages to imbue a sense of place, something she does in her novels set in snowfields in New South Wales. I’ve never been to Newcastle but had a sense of its juxtaposition of mining and industry with scenic beaches and nearby wineries. I very much enjoyed this and am looking forward to again meeting with both Angela and Callan.
Glenrock by Lee Christine was published in Australia by Allen & Unwin.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes.