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Cold Shoulder by Lynda La Plante
Synopsis: Lieutenant Lorraine Page had everything — a devoted husband, two beautiful daughters and an impressive career with the Homicide Squad. It’s impossible to believe that she could be thrown out of the police force and end up on Skid Row. Lorraine’s ex-colleagues soon forget her, as the hunt for a nightmare serial killer spirals into an all-out search for a missing witness: a victim who escaped. Lorraine Page is that witness. Against her will she is drawn into the investigation, and forced to face her past and her overwhelming guilt…
This novel is available via http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cold-Shoulder-Lynda-La-Plante/dp/1849832625 and http://www.amazon.com/Cold-Shoulder-Lynda-La-Plante/dp/1849832625.
Review (of the audiobook)
The action starts quickly with the death of an innocent child and this leads to the swift down-spiralling of our protagonist’s life.
There aren’t too many characters, all with distinctive (non-similar – the only two with the same letter were Lorraine and Lyle) names and a mixture of likeable and unlikeable characters. Despite her faults, I liked Lorraine and the woman who looked after her and became her sidekick, Rosie.
Just as you think the case is solved, we find there’s more to it than expected and Lorraine’s investigations deepen which lead to her having a career so we know she’s going to be OK.
Audiobooks can be ‘won or lost’ on their narration and while some of the voices used by Glynnis Barber (of Dempsey & Makepeace fame) are a little dodgy, on the whole she’s very good.