All The Hidden Truths #Book Review #NetGalley

Written by Claire Askew




This is a fact: Ryan Summers walked into Three Rivers College and killed thirteen women, then himself.

But no one can say why.

The question is one that cries out to be answered – by Ryan’s mother, Moira; by Ishbel, the mother of Abigail, the first victim; and by DI Helen Birch, put in charge of the case on her first day at her new job. But as the tabloids and the media swarm, as the families’ secrets come out, as the world searches for someone to blame… the truth seems to vanish.

A stunningly moving novel from an exciting new voice in crime, ALL THE HIDDEN TRUTHS will cause you to question your assumptions about the people you love, and reconsider how the world reacts to tragedy.




Gripping Thriller and a Superb Read!  5 stars


What a stunning read! To see a major incident from multi points of view is different – and captivating!

DI Helen Birch, newly promoted, is on her way to work at her new station when she diverts to a call she hears on the radio – thus begins the biggest case of her life, and one she’s not sure she’s prepared for. Packed from the first page to the last with so much that this novel surely gives the reader an idea of how difficult it is to run a case like this whilst being careful to always do the right thing and not upset any of those involved in the meantime.

I remember the shooting in Dunblane vividly, and admit to having a tear in my eye more than once; balancing that are plenty of opportunities to emit a wry smile but most of all this is a book which was scary in it’s realism. I can’t imagine that any mass murder case is easy to work out, and not everyone is working with the police in this. A real eye-opener and a book which will stay with me for quite some time. The story is beautifully plotted and skilfully crafted. The writing kept me reading all day, eager to see where it was heading – and no, I could never have guessed how this gripping thriller would end! Claire Askew is obviously an author to watch, and another added to my list to keep an eye on in future. A superb read, and one I’m very happy to recommend highly.

My thanks to publishers Hodder & Stoughton for providing my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: psychological thriller
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1816 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • Publication Date: 9 August 2018
  • Purchase Links: Amazon UK
  •                                 Amazon US




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