Bones in the Nest by Helen Cadbury

Review published on March 18, 2017.

First off, I would like to say that if you haven’t read the first book in the series you could still get away with reading this one, but I would recommend grabbing the first as it is good to get to know your character(s).

The location switches between York and Doncaster and it gives the reader an insight into the locations so that in parts I felt I could actually see the places I was reading about, which is always nice.

It took me a wee bit to get my teeth into this one, not because it starts off slow but because we flip between Sean Denton, who is now a police officer, and a young lady who has not long been released from prison and who is trying to meet her parole conditions and re-adapt to society following a murder. Sean is trying to do his job on his home turf, which presents personal and professional dilemmas. A young man is murdered and Sean finds himself in a unique position to aid the investigation. However, he is limited in his choices due to being “off duty” and on an estate where people will use and abuse anyone who can give them an advantage.

Chloe, our newly released prisoner, also finds herself  being challenged, trying to reintegrate to society, comply with the conditions of her bail and establish relationships. Helen Cadbury highlights the emotive and trying journey that Chloe endures. Both characters have arduous paths ahead of them and, despite the stark contrast in their situations, they both have similarities. Between the murder, Denton’s personal and professional struggles, and Chloe’s story, the booky keeps the reader on their toes. Expect the unexpected; estate life, violence, professional and personal struggles, alcoholism and abuse all make for uncomfortable reading at times, but echo the realism of every day life that some readers will identify with more than others. I look forward to the next instalment of Denton’s journey from a rookie cop to hopefully a seasoned officer!


Bones in the Nest by Helen Cadbury
Allison & Busby 9780749017590 pbk Jul 2015


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