Close to the Bone

An addictive crime thriller with edge-of-your-seat suspense

    • 4.2 • 46 Ratings
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‘Fast paced… I have to admit I struggled to put this book down, grabbing five minutes here and there just to finish it!… Fantastic read, would definitely recommend!’ Stardust Book Review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Detective Thomas, we’ve brought your sister in for questioning. She’s our prime suspect.’

Detective Megan Thomas used to work undercover, in constant danger, unsure who to trust. Now she’s moved to the remote, wild coast of Devon to be with her family and learn to live without fear. At last, she can remember why she joined the police – to get justice and protect the innocent. But when her sister Debbie finds the broken body of local businessman Greg Porter, his hand reaching out as if to beg, Megan’s peace is shattered…

Porter’s wife and children don’t seem to care much about their loss, and everyone in their small seaside town knows his business dealings were shady. So Megan can’t understand why her colleague Jim Collins is so determined to prove Debbie did it. And why is Debbie acting so suspiciously? When she learns the secret Debbie’s hiding – a secret that could tear her family apart – suddenly Megan is the one with doubts. But is her beloved sister really capable of murder?

Megan’s boss won’t allow her to investigate, leaving Megan on the sidelines. Caught between her job and her family, Megan doesn’t know where to turn. She’s desperate to save her sister, but how far is she willing to go?

Then a surprise confession takes the case into even darker waters. Everyone who knew Porter seems to have a reason to lie – even some of the cops on Megan’s team. The only way Megan can find the truth is to risk everything by confronting a killer. But without knowing who to trust, she can’t be sure she’ll make it out alive…

Fans of Ann Cleeves, Angela Marsons and Mari Hannah will be hooked by this incredibly gripping mystery thriller.

Readers love Susan Wilkins’ writing:

Absolutely brilliant!! From start to finish I was kept totally grippedFull of twists and turns… Susan Wilkins is an amazing author and I can't wait for the next one.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Fast-paced, tightly plotted… Another dose of brilliant crime fiction. More please!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Compulsive and thoroughly captivating… I found myself unable to tear myself away and as a consequence read it all in a single tense sitting… Bags of suspense and action wrapped up in a thrillingly plotted story’ Reader’s Retreat, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Gripped from start to finish… I am in awe.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Addictive and enthralling!… Devoured this book in just one sitting, it was that addictive.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘I absolutely devoured Close to the Bone… gripping, thrilling and draws you straight in… impossible to put down.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘My favourite read of 2020… I was engaged from the very first chapter… Brilliant’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Well, another success by Susan Wilkins!!… an action-packed crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages.’ Bookworm86

Extremely compulsive… My attention didn’t waver for a second and I read it in one sitting’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Addictive, gripping, twisty… How this story unfolds is just brilliant’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Loved this… If you like Vera you will love this book. Brilliant’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Crime & Thrillers
8 September
Carmelite House

Customer Reviews

Audde ,

Great read

A really believable plot and characters. The whole storyline is developed nicely. The writing style keeps you engaged and truly wanting to know what happens next. Read it, you’ll enjoy it.

Marns17 ,

A fantastic read

Close to the Bone is the second instalment in the Detective Megan Thomas series and can be read as a standalone. I do recommend you reading the first, Buried Deep, not because you won’t be able to follow along, but because you will be missing out on another great read!

For Detective Megan Thomas’ second outing, Susan Wilkins has made it personal when Megan’s sister Debbie, is questioned over the murder of her employer. But like all cases, nothing is as it seems and as the investigation deepens and a second body is found, a whole can of worms opens which brings with it police corruption, human trafficking and organised crime.

The characters are first class and have been created so well. Megan as the main protagonist, really brings the series to life and I liked how we see more of a vulnerable side to her this time around and more of her relationship with Debbie. In saying that though, we still are shown her sassy side which I enjoy.

The plot is strong and has been well researched and executed. There are no obvious plot holes and the two cases come together seamlessly leaving no loose threads. The story moves at a decent pace and with some red herrings, twists and turns and some surprises along the way, makes this such an enjoyable read.

With only two books in, this is fast becoming one of my favourite series. Susan Wilkins really has created something great here and I hope there will be many books to come. It was my absolute pleasure to read and review Close to the Bone which I highly recommend.

Thank you to Susan Wilkins, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of Close to the Bone which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

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