My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Time taken to read - 3 days
Pages - 384
Publisher - Penguin
Source - Bought
Blurb from Goodreads
Amelia White dreamed of being a reporter, but the closest she'd come was selling advertising in the local paper.
Until the fateful day she stumbles on a truly shocking scoop.
A murder victim, round the corner from her home.
When the police and reporters descend, Amelia is horrified at the assumptions made and lies soon to be spread about this poor young woman.
Convincing her local paper to let her take up the story herself, Amelia is determined to protect the victim from these smears. But when another body is found, the police investigation stalls.
Now, Amelia's own unfolding investigation may be the only chance of uncovering the truth, and stopping more killings.
If only she can work out who the liar is . . .
Amelia works for the newspaper selling advertising space but really wants to be a reporter so when she stumbles upon a murder victim her chance finally comes. With her easy going manner and the fact she found the body she gets to have an exclusive and write a piece that she hopes will put her on managements "map". The body discovery also brings a chance meeting of Max, a friend, neighbour and love interest, things seem to be looking up for Amelia but she cannot let go that a killer is still out there and soon finds trouble at her own door.
Set in 1970 it is nice to have a female character who wants to succeed in her career as well as her personal life. The struggles at work, dating and getting caught up in a murder case, when the killer strikes again Amelia is in the heart of it. She wants the story of the victims, who they were and for their families not just sensationalism or tearing the women's characters apart.
Amelia is a character I went back and forth on, she is kind, sweet and for a reporter (ish) she has a big heart. She also has some questionable actions and judgements but we all know someone like that and sometimes it brings a bit more realism to the character.
The book deals in a few topics, murder, abuse of a few varieties, violence, relationships to name a few. I like Pearse's stories, even when I don't love the characters I still get totally drawn in and there are a few to dislike. 3.5/5 for me this time, I think I still have one or two to buy and catch up on but I have read most and either enjoy or love them.