The Photograph by L.E. Luttrell

The Photograph


The Photograph
by L.E. Luttrell

Mystery/Crime

308 Pages

Published by Beaten Track Publishing (1st November 2021)

Purchase from | Amazon AU | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Booktopia* | Book Depository* | Fishpond AU* |

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My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Actual rating of 3.75

Sonny Day and Chrys Waters have the perfect relationship. They’re happy, they never fight, and they are weeks away from having their perfect wedding and living the rest of their lives in bliss. Until one day, Sonny doesn’t come home. After realising that Sonny is missing, Chrys approaches police to file a missing persons report. Weeks later, a man is found buried and mutilated on a building site nearby, however, the body is not Sonny’s; causing both investigations to stall. When Chrys receives a letter supposedly written by Sonny, she insists that he has sent her a secret message which proves he is alive and in danger. Chrys convinces DI India Hargreaves to investigate further which takes both women on a whirlwind of a trip across the world looking for answers and finding only more bodies. The two questions remain, Where is Sonny? And who was buried on the building site? Time is running out as the two women fight for the truth, will it be too late by the time they find it?

I love a good murder mystery so I was pretty excited to be given the opportunity to read this one by the author. The premise really intrigued me. We have the missing groom to be, who for all intents and purposes was beyond happy with the way his life was – so where has he gone? And then we have the strange appearance of a mutilated body that is seemingly unconnected to the missing man, so how do all the puzzle pieces fit together? I will admit, I had the who worked out fairly early on, but it wasn’t until in the last quarter odd of the book that a scene from the beginning made sense. So while I had the who worked out, I had no idea what the reason was, so I count this as a big win. I can handle knowing the culprit, even from the first meeting, if I am still puzzling over the why of everything. There’s still a sense of mystery to the story.

The mystery itself was incredibly well thought out and executed. There were so many twisted strands to this story and Luttrell did a brilliant job of tying off all the ends at the conclusion. Everything fitted perfectly together and I couldn’t even begin to imagine trying to plot out a story like this. I feel like it really lends credit to Luttrell’s ability in her genre that everything was kept straight and I didn’t fall into any glaring plot holes. Just when I thought I had some things worked out, more information was revealed that really kept me guessing.

The characters were well written and I really felt for Chrys Waters, her emotions and personality was very three dimensional and believable. I enjoyed the character of DI India Hargreaves though at times I did find her a little bit flat and not as developed as I would have liked, though I do get the feeling that this could potentially become a series in which her character has the chance to be further developed and fleshed out.

I found the setting of the story to be written brilliantly, I live in Australia, so I knew of the places mentioned throughout the book and I always find it a fun addition when I know exactly where the story is taking place. Something about stories set in locations I personally know tickles me pink and makes the story just that much more enjoyable because of it.

I don’t want to go into too much detail because I don’t want to risk giving anything away. All I will say is that this was a fantastic mystery that kept me guessing and it turned into a real page turner once I got into the groove of it. The Australian locales were a nice touch, and I look forward to reading more from this author. If you like a twisty mystery, give this one a go, you won’t be disappointed.

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