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First Impressions Friday: A Life to Kill

For those of you who don’t know, First Impressions Friday is a meme where you talk about a book that you just started. Based on this sampling of your current read, give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end.

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“The day they’ve all been waiting for is at hand. The last British combat soldiers in Helmand are counting the minutes until their departure for home. For their excited families in Highcliffe, it spells the end of an agonizing six month wait. But in the final hours, disaster strikes. Nineteen-year-old Private Pete “Skippy” Lyons is abducted and the patrol sent out to locate him is ambushed. One killed, two injured. One still missing in action. Their loved ones are left desperate for answers the Army won’t provide.

How could Private Lyons have been snatched from a heavily fortified command post? And why are officers trying to disguise what happened during the mission to save him? Their only hope lies with Coroner Jenny Cooper, who must take on the full might of the military to stop the truth being buried along with the boy soldiers. But in a town filled with secrets and rumours, it’s not only the Army that has something to hide.”

On Wednesday I wasn’t too sure what book I was going to choose next after reading the slightly lacklustre Forty Words For Sorrow, but I went for A LIFE TO KILL, book #7 in the Jenny Cooper series from Matthew Hall. I got a good 80 pages in, last night and, I have to say, based on what I’ve read so far, I think this one’s going to be a winner.

The quality of the storytelling is good, as is the calibre of the writing itself; engaging and detailed without resorting to the usual info-dumps. The start of the story is centred on a British Army platoon stationed in Helmand province during the last days of their tour of duty. But, before they’re able to leave, a rescue party is ambushed and that, they say, is as far as I’ve got.

Powerful, heartbreaking stuff, handled with great care by the author. This is shaping up to be a thoroughly engrossing read. I’m just about to find out where coroner, Jenny Cooper, comes into all this. I’m sure I’ll have a review by Monday!

My prediction: 8 / 10

8 Comments

    • Oh, and then some, Jonetta. This one has been, so far, an engrossing read.

  1. Let’s cross our fingers and hope that your prediction will be accurate Alexandra!

  2. Ah a winner! Have a great weekend and happy reading, Alexandra!

  3. Fingers crossed it stays so good till the end! 🙂
    When it comes to series i usually don’t get disappointed, and i see you’ve read quite a few of these before.

    • I’m hoping so too, Norrie. As it was, I never got to read much further this weekend due to lots of interruptions. But I might have a review by Wednesday … maybe! 😉

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