Available: March 2018
Alex Clare’s debut crime novel, examines the challenges of gender dysphoria in an enlightened way, showing the difficulties for the transgender community through a protagonist under scrutiny and coming to terms with her new identity. This is a cracking good read.
David Caddy, Tears in the Fence
I found the story to become progressively darker and more intriguing as it went on. If you enjoy reading dark and mysterious thrillers I would definitely recommend it.
Jessikah Stenson @ Read by Jess
Being one of the first books to tackle this subject in fictional form with sensitivity, rather than exploitation as crossdressing serial killer or exotic sex object, makes it groundbreaking. . . . I look forward to reading their future character arcs and seeing how DI Robyn Bailley develops.
Katy-Jon Went @ KatyJon.com
This first introduction to DI Bailley and her team has enormous potential in terms of a series, and with Clare’s obvious skill for plot building, attention to police procedure, and, on the whole, well-realised characterisation there is much to build on in the future. Recommended.
Raven Crime Reads
A solid, good first book. . . . I want to see how Robyn continues to develop and grow.
Ellen @ NeedforCaffeine
A gripping novel with an intriguing plot, it’s taut, it’s tense and there are plenty of twists and turns to keep even the most hardened crime fan reading late into the night.
Lorraine @ The Book Review Café
A book which has huge potential as a choice for reading groups, particularly as there is so much contemporary interest, and controversy, about the subject of gender dysphoria.
Linda Hepworth @ nudge-book.com
Introducing the subject of transgender with the detailed focus on how Roger has become Robyn gives a whole new spin on a classic whodunit psychological thriller.
Claire @ theaddictionofbooks.blogspot.co.uk
Alex Clare has delivered a crime novel that is a match for those by well-established authors in the genre. . . Clare’s unique protagonist is a welcome voice in the crime writing arena.
Joy Isabella @ joyisabella.com
A SUSPICIOUS FALL
Nineteen-year-old Shazia Johar has everything to live for. But when she is found critically injured after plunging from a hotel balcony, DI Robyn Bailley must determine why she fell. Was Shazia pushed or did she jump?
A BROKEN WOMAN
When Robyn’s team investigate the events that led to Shazia’s fall, they discover evidence of violence in the hotel room. What happened and who is responsible?
As Shazia’s life hangs in the balance, Robyn’s team discover the body of another hotel guest. With uncertainty and falsehood disturbing both investigations, Robyn must navigate the web of lies under continued criticism of her new identity from her ex-wife and her daughter.