Originally published: 7 January 2021
Author: Mari Hannah
Published by: Orion Books
Length: 387 pages
Reading dates: 20-26 December 2020
A FATAL CRASH
A plane on route from London to New York City has disappeared out of the sky. This breaking news dominates every TV channel, every social media platform, and every waking hour of the Metropolitan Police and US Homeland Security.
A PRIVATE TRAGEDY
The love of DCI Kate Daniels’ life was on that aircraft, but she has no authority to investigate. This major disaster is outside of her jurisdiction and she’s ordered to walk away.
A SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH
But Kate can’t let it lie. She has to find out what happened to that plane – even if it means going off book. No one is safe.
And there are some very dangerous people watching her…
Good morning! Today I’m kicking off the blog tour for Without a Trace by Mari Hannah. I won a Twitter giveaway for this book and it arrived with some pretzels and a plane ticket with my name on which I thought was a great touch!
This is the 7th book featuring DCI Kate Daniels but the first one I have read. It didn’t matter at all and it worked well as a standalone. Hannah is skilled at filling in the backstory of Kate and the other characters. If this book is anything to go by and from the snippets of backstory provided the whole series sounds really exciting!
When a plane disappears on route from Heathrow to New York, Kate is shocked to discover her girlfriend and colleague Jo Soulsby was onboard. They’d had a fight and parted on bad terms and Kate is devastated to think Jo has died and immediately heads to London with her partner DS Hank Gormley to muscle in on the investigation into what happened, going against her bosses wishes.
I liked Kate as a character – she is bolshy, stubborn and rebellious but ultimately has the backs of all the police officers who work with her and isn’t afraid to put herself in danger to find out the truth. The book had a lot of interlinking plots and was exciting and filled with tension and was suspenseful at times. I thought the author did a good job of the police procedural details and with the short snappy chapters, it was a real page turner!
Thank you to Alainna at Orion Books for my gifted copy for review as part of the blog tour (along with the plane ticket and pretzels!) Don’t forget to check out these other awesome bloggers!
About the author:
Mari Hannah is a multi-award-winning author whose authentic voice is no happy accident. A former probation officer, she lives in rural Northumberland with her partner, an ex-murder detective. Mari turned to screenwriting when her career was cut short following an assault on duty. Her debut, The Murder Wall, won her the Polari First Book Prize. Her second picked up a Northern Writers’ Award and her body of work won her the CWA Dagger in the Library 2017, an incredible honour to receive so early in her career. In 2019, she was Programming Chair of Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival and was awarded the DIVA Wordsmith of the Year. In 2020, Mari won Capital Crime ‘Crime Book of the Year’ for Without a Trace. Her Kate Daniels series is in development with Sprout Pictures.