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A gripping literary thriller and the first of a new crime series, from the bestselling author of Before We Met Detective Inspector Robin Lyons is going home. Dismissed for misconduct from the Met’s Homicide Command after refusing to follow orders, unable to pay her bills (or hold down a relationship), she has no choice but to take her teenage daughter Lennie and move back in A gripping literary thriller and the first of a new crime series, from the bestselling author of Before We Met Detective Inspector Robin Lyons is going home. Dismissed for misconduct from the Met’s Homicide Command after refusing to follow orders, unable to pay her bills (or hold down a relationship), she has no choice but to take her teenage daughter Lennie and move back in with her parents in the city she thought she’d escaped forever at 18. In Birmingham, sharing a bunkbed with Lennie and navigating the stormy relationship with her mother, Robin works as a benefit-fraud investigator – to the delight of those wanting to see her cut down to size. Only Corinna, her best friend of 20 years, seems happy to have Robin back. But when Corinna’s family is engulfed by violence and her missing husband becomes a murder suspect, Robin can’t bear to stand idly by as the police investigate. Can she trust them to find the truth of what happened? And why does it bother her so much that the officer in charge is her ex-boyfriend – the love of her teenage life? As Robin launches her own unofficial investigation and realises there may be a link to the disappearance of a young woman, she starts to wonder how well we can really know the people we love – and how far any of us will go to protect our own.


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A gripping literary thriller and the first of a new crime series, from the bestselling author of Before We Met Detective Inspector Robin Lyons is going home. Dismissed for misconduct from the Met’s Homicide Command after refusing to follow orders, unable to pay her bills (or hold down a relationship), she has no choice but to take her teenage daughter Lennie and move back in A gripping literary thriller and the first of a new crime series, from the bestselling author of Before We Met Detective Inspector Robin Lyons is going home. Dismissed for misconduct from the Met’s Homicide Command after refusing to follow orders, unable to pay her bills (or hold down a relationship), she has no choice but to take her teenage daughter Lennie and move back in with her parents in the city she thought she’d escaped forever at 18. In Birmingham, sharing a bunkbed with Lennie and navigating the stormy relationship with her mother, Robin works as a benefit-fraud investigator – to the delight of those wanting to see her cut down to size. Only Corinna, her best friend of 20 years, seems happy to have Robin back. But when Corinna’s family is engulfed by violence and her missing husband becomes a murder suspect, Robin can’t bear to stand idly by as the police investigate. Can she trust them to find the truth of what happened? And why does it bother her so much that the officer in charge is her ex-boyfriend – the love of her teenage life? As Robin launches her own unofficial investigation and realises there may be a link to the disappearance of a young woman, she starts to wonder how well we can really know the people we love – and how far any of us will go to protect our own.

30 review for Critical Incidents

  1. 5 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    Dismissed for misconduct from the Met's Homicide Command after refusing to follow orders, Robin had no choice but to take her teenage daughter Lennie and move back in with her parents. Robin now works as a benefit-fraud investigator. It's only her best friend Corinna that seems happy to see Robin back. But when Corinna's family is engulfed by violence and her missing husband becomes a murder suspect, Robin can't stand idly by while the police investigate. There are a lot of characters in this boo Dismissed for misconduct from the Met's Homicide Command after refusing to follow orders, Robin had no choice but to take her teenage daughter Lennie and move back in with her parents. Robin now works as a benefit-fraud investigator. It's only her best friend Corinna that seems happy to see Robin back. But when Corinna's family is engulfed by violence and her missing husband becomes a murder suspect, Robin can't stand idly by while the police investigate. There are a lot of characters in this book and I found myself forgetting who some of them were. It's also a bit of a slow burner. The final third of the book is where it starts to get a bit better. There are three different cases and some jumping back and forward from present to past. We already know that this is the first book in anew series, but the conclusion to the story only confirms this. I will read the next book when it's published. I would like to thank NetGalley, HarperCollins UK, 4th Estate and the author Lucie Whitehouse for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mandy White

    Critical Incidents by Lucie Whitehouse was a book that I was really looking forward to, unfortunately it fell a bit flat for me. It is the first book by this writer that I have heard a lot about. I loved the sound of the story but found it hard to keep track of so many different characters and timelines. It was a bit slow in parts and I struggled to stay with it even though It was a great story overall. DI Robin Lyons has been suspended from the Met for refusing to follow orders and has to move b Critical Incidents by Lucie Whitehouse was a book that I was really looking forward to, unfortunately it fell a bit flat for me. It is the first book by this writer that I have heard a lot about. I loved the sound of the story but found it hard to keep track of so many different characters and timelines. It was a bit slow in parts and I struggled to stay with it even though It was a great story overall. DI Robin Lyons has been suspended from the Met for refusing to follow orders and has to move back home to her parents with her teenage daughter Lennie. One good thing about the situation is that she is close to her best friend Corinna again. She begins working with another friend as a benefit fraud investigator. But then Corrine is killed in a fire and her husband disappears and is now a murder suspect. She sets out to prove him innocent but the more she investigates the more she wonders how well she know people at all. Thanks to Harper Collins UK, 4th Estate and Netgalley for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cassie

    This book did not engage me in any way. There are far too many characters who are really difficult to keep track of. I would find myself staring into the distance trying to remember who was who, and where they were coming into things. There are at least 3 different plotlines (there may be more that I lost through the confusion) and this didn’t help with my struggle to figure things out. Oh, and it dragged. I think, I would say that I probably enjoyed the last 13% but again, things were resolved This book did not engage me in any way. There are far too many characters who are really difficult to keep track of. I would find myself staring into the distance trying to remember who was who, and where they were coming into things. There are at least 3 different plotlines (there may be more that I lost through the confusion) and this didn’t help with my struggle to figure things out. Oh, and it dragged. I think, I would say that I probably enjoyed the last 13% but again, things were resolved a bit too quickly and cleanly for me. Robin Lyons and her 13 year old daughter move to Birmingham. Back to Robins childhood home. Robin is newly fired from her role of DI in the Met and Robin has had no choice but to go home while she tries to get on her feet again. Unhappily, Robin does not get on particularly well with her mother but at least Robin’s best friend will be close. Until the best friends house catches fire, she dies, her son is in a coma and the local police are sure that the husband is the culprit. Robin is sure that her friends husband is innocent and desperate to clear his name, find out who is truly responsible for the death of her best friend. Unfortunately, Robin seems to be rubbing everyone up the wrong way. Nobody is happy and Robin is trying to keep her balls in the air and keep everyone happy. I’m assuming that this is going to become a series but I won’t be reading anymore. I have given this book 2 stars on Goodreads.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Book reviews on ww.snazzybooks.com This is a powerhouse of a novel! It took me a little while to get into, due to what felt like a lot of character names to get to grips with, but once I did I was completely hooked! DI Robin Lyons is a brilliant character who I really warmed to. She makes mistakes and has flaws, which makes her so much more human and personable. She also stands up for what she believes in - to start with, she's been suspended from the Met for refusing to follow orders from her bos Book reviews on ww.snazzybooks.com This is a powerhouse of a novel! It took me a little while to get into, due to what felt like a lot of character names to get to grips with, but once I did I was completely hooked! DI Robin Lyons is a brilliant character who I really warmed to. She makes mistakes and has flaws, which makes her so much more human and personable. She also stands up for what she believes in - to start with, she's been suspended from the Met for refusing to follow orders from her boss because she was convinced that they'd be going after the wrong man. She ends up working with her mother's friend, who is a private investigator, to make ends meet when she has to move away from London back to her childhood city of Birmingham. The contrast between her previous life and her new one is interesting to read about too. Critical Incidents has several paralell storylines, all of which are really interesting, but particularly the one most close to Robin's heart - what really happened to her best friend Corinna, and her missing husband. It's quite a complex plot, in that there's a lot going on, but it really works. I really enjoy police procedurals, but because Robin is no longer with the police we get to see a fresh take on a police procedural. This is because Robin may know how things are done in the Met, but she has to find workarounds in her new investigative role as she can't rely on the access she used to have as a DI. She also doesn't have the same automatic level of authority, so it's interesting to read how she tries to overcome that as she works with Maggie to try and solve various cases. I loved this novel and, from that ending, I'm really hoping it's the start of a brilliant new series!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lee

    After refusing to arrest a known criminal for a murder she believes he didn’t commit, Robin is sacked from her position as head of homicide at the Met (pending an appeal). Broke, she agrees to go to work for an old family friend, Maggie, who runs a private investigation company specialising in insurance fraud in Birmingham. Robin, and her 13 year old daughter, also moves back in with her parents for the duration. Robin is also hitting some low points when it comes to her personal life. She and he After refusing to arrest a known criminal for a murder she believes he didn’t commit, Robin is sacked from her position as head of homicide at the Met (pending an appeal). Broke, she agrees to go to work for an old family friend, Maggie, who runs a private investigation company specialising in insurance fraud in Birmingham. Robin, and her 13 year old daughter, also moves back in with her parents for the duration. Robin is also hitting some low points when it comes to her personal life. She and her mother have always had a prickly relationship and the thing Robin finds to be cheery about is that she’ll get to see her best friend, Corrina, more often now she’s returned home. However, at the same time as Robin and Maggie are investigating the disappearance of a young girl, Corrina is murdered. Robin, of course, investigates both cases throughout the book. I thought both ended up being quite clever mystery plots. For the majority of the book the cases seemed completely unrelated and quite unsolvable. I really had no idea about who might have carried out the crimes, or even if there was a crime when it came to the missing girl, at any time whilst reading. I always think I guess something in these types of books but this time -- zero. As it turned out, I guessed not even the smallest thing regarding either case nor their resolution. The twists and the couple of bombshells that are revealed towards the end of the book (after being hinted at throughout) were quite unexpected. I love the English feel to this book. Its setting makes it that very gritty Jane Tennison type book rather than the usual flashy American police thriller. Robin and the mess she makes of everything seems very real. The English also have a knack of adding racial diversity to their books (and movies etc) effortlessly. Even though Whitehouse has added these characters without a song and dance, she still manages to highlight racism as well as women’s rights (rape culture and forced prostitution especially) -- again, with a subtle hand. I must admit I agree with some other reviewers that there are a few too many characters. Occasionally I felt like I needed a spreadsheet to keep them all straight. I also didn’t see the point to a couple of them until I read that the book is the first in a series. (I had thought it was standalone.) The ending is not a huge cliffhanger but it did make me wonder enough for me to say I’ll probably be reading number two when it’s released. One thing that did annoy me about the book, and probably added to the general difficulty of keeping all the characters straight, was Whitehouse’s style when it came to naming Robin’s parents. Instead of Robin just calling them mum and dad in her mind, she calls them Christine and Dennis. If they were simply ‘mum’ ‘dad’ or ‘her parents’ even, I’d have taken less time trying to think just who Christine and Dennis were again. I was thinking that maybe the book should have been written in Robin’s first person point of view to ease some of the problems with the characters. Out of this plethora of supporting characters, I probably enjoyed Robin’s ex-boyfriend who is now head of the Birmingham police the most. I look forward to Whitehouse continuing to explore his and Robin’s relationship in future books. If I had to mark the book down on anything else it would be its length. I just felt it went on for a touch too long. Some parts of it could have been wrapped up a bit quicker. Overall though, I really enjoyed it and would recommend it for those who enjoy English police procedurals. 4 out of 5

  6. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    Strong start to a new series... 4 stars Robin Lyons has been dismissed from her job as detective inspector in the Met for disobeying orders and releasing a man her superior believed to have committed a murder because her instinct told her he was innocent. She intends to appeal the dismissal but in the meantime she has to find some other source of income to support herself and her teenage daughter, Lennie. So she’s on her way home to Birmingham, to live with her parents and to work for an old fami Strong start to a new series... 4 stars Robin Lyons has been dismissed from her job as detective inspector in the Met for disobeying orders and releasing a man her superior believed to have committed a murder because her instinct told her he was innocent. She intends to appeal the dismissal but in the meantime she has to find some other source of income to support herself and her teenage daughter, Lennie. So she’s on her way home to Birmingham, to live with her parents and to work for an old family friend, Maggie, another ex-police officer who now investigates insurance and benefit fraud, and occasionally other things. The first case Robin becomes involved in is the disappearance of a young woman whose frantic mother can’t get the local police to take the matter seriously. But then a crime much closer to home occurs, when Robin’s best friend Corinna is killed and her husband Josh goes missing. Robin can’t help wondering if it’s related to what happened ‘that day’ many years ago, so finds herself doing a bit of investigation into Corinna’s death too. This book contains some of the features that have made me increasingly unenthusiastic about contemporary crime fiction in the last few years. There’s the ubiquitous ‘that day’ feature, when the crime involves something from the past coming back to haunt the present, but the reader isn’t told what actually happened in the past until the story is almost over, in a bid to create false suspense. There’s the utterly tedious casual swearing which serves no purpose. (It made me laugh that in fact at one point Robin, who never knowingly uses an alternative where the f-word will do, is appalled by the casual swearing of the kids in the local high school and wonders why standards have fallen so badly – yeah, possibly because every book teenagers read is full of swearing maybe? Just a thought...) There’s the personal involvement of the detective with the crime, meaning we have to hear an awful lot about Robin’s grief over the death of her friend – never entertaining to me. And the book is roughly a hundred pages too long for the story it contains, meaning there’s a lot of unnecessary filler in there. However, there are a lot of good things about it too. The story is interesting and, despite being overlong, the pacing is good so that it didn’t drag through the mid-section. It’s very well written, both in terms of the descriptive writing and the believable dialogue. Third person, past tense – a big hurrah from me for that! I thought Whitehouse’s depiction of her Birmingham setting was excellent, giving a real feel for the physical city and for the culture of what is probably the most racially diverse city in Britain outside London, with a huge and long-established Asian community. Happily, Whitehouse shows that, while racism still rears its ugly head on occasion, the majority of the citizens rub along fine together enjoying the added richness of a mixed culture. I found it a convincing and positive portrayal. The characterisation is a mix. There are too many minor characters to keep track of and they never come to life, so that whenever one was mentioned I had to pause to try to remember who they were and how they fitted into the story. However, the major characters are very well developed, especially Robin and her parents. Robin is hard to like, opinionated, somewhat selfish and convinced that she knows better than everyone else. This is the first in a series, though, and it’s reasonably clear Robin is on a learning curve – that her recent troubles are giving her a level of self-awareness she’s never had till now. The tension between her and her mother is particularly well done – two women who annoy each other as much as they love each other, but who now have a chance to build a better relationship... or a worse one. Overall, despite a few weaknesses, I enjoyed this and thought it was well above average. This one reads like a private eye novel, but the series is billed as a police procedural so I anticipate that future books will see Robin back in harness. First books in series are always tricky since so much introduction and backstory is necessary, but I felt Whitehouse handled those aspects very well, creating some characters I will be happy to meet again. Recommended – a series I look forward to following. NB This book was provided for review by the publisher, 4th Estate at HarperCollins. www.fictionfanblog.wordpress.com

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jenna Morrison

    The first in a new detective series by Lucie Whitehouse, this story starts as Robin returns home to her parent’s house in Birmingham after being let go by the Met when she refused to arrest someone she didn’t believe was guilty. Robin starts working for family friend Maggie, who happens to be a Private Investigator. As Robin is working on 2 current cases, plus the original case in London, there are a lot of characters to keep track of, but once you have got your head round who is who, the story The first in a new detective series by Lucie Whitehouse, this story starts as Robin returns home to her parent’s house in Birmingham after being let go by the Met when she refused to arrest someone she didn’t believe was guilty. Robin starts working for family friend Maggie, who happens to be a Private Investigator. As Robin is working on 2 current cases, plus the original case in London, there are a lot of characters to keep track of, but once you have got your head round who is who, the story picks up pace and you won’t be able to put the book down. There are many twists and turns and you won’t know where the cases are going next. As for the ending, I can’t wait for the next book to find out what happens next! Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for a copy of this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Vix Standen

    To begin with, I was a bit overwhelmed by the host of characters, but they all played a crucial part in what turned out to be a really brilliant crime drama. I hope it’s the first of many in a series - I’d love to hear more from Robin & co. A welcome return for Lucie Whitehouse - hope she doesn’t leave it so long next time!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    *I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I need more. Oh gosh do I need more. That last page? How could you just leave it there! Argh! Thankfully this looks like the beginning of a series and I think I'll really enjoy reading onwards. That said, the book is definitely a bit of a slow-burn read. I found I had to stick a post-it note on the case of my Kindle and write characters down as I went to try to keep everyone straight as there were 3 different ca *I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I need more. Oh gosh do I need more. That last page? How could you just leave it there! Argh! Thankfully this looks like the beginning of a series and I think I'll really enjoy reading onwards. That said, the book is definitely a bit of a slow-burn read. I found I had to stick a post-it note on the case of my Kindle and write characters down as I went to try to keep everyone straight as there were 3 different cases and some switching between the past and present throughout. I found that I was really gripped on the novel by the final third. The main character, Robin, can be a little grating at times in my opinion but I quite liked her and found myself agreeing with her point of view a lot of the time as she really seems like a woman who was trying her best with all the circumstances she had. It's nothing really original in terms of a mystery/thriller book, many of which have similar elements out there, but I'd say this is a pretty solid one to be released this year. Some of these elements are slightly cliche and I would like to see a new spin on things, but y'know what? I enjoyed it. Solid 4 stars from me. Good job all around! What can I say? I love a crime novel. https://heyannarld.wordpress.com/2019...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Claire Wilson

    Critical Incidents by Lucie Whitehouse is the first in a new series featuring former Inspector Robin Lyons, who has a cloudy history with the Police and doesn't play by the rules. Forced to move back in with her parents, she gains new employment as a fraud investigator, she cant resist getting involved with a Police case where her best friends husband becomes a suspect. 3 stars

  11. 5 out of 5

    Liz Barnsley

    Review to follow.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Claire lang

    It took a little bit to get into this book but once you get past the laying the story down it picked up and I really enjoyed it. It made a nice change to the usual set up. I would recommend this book and stick with it it's worth it. Thanks to NetGalley author and publisher for my arc copy x

  13. 4 out of 5

    Claire lang

    I enjoyed this book it was ease to read the first part of setting the scene was a little long winded but you needed it. Once it start to move at a faster pace I really enjoyed this.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Joy Perino

    I wanted to like this. It sounded like my kind of thing, but I just could not get into it. The setting was dreary, the characters failed to capture my imagination, the background, the mysterious past 'thing' that set events in motion, the murder that has to be investigated - all just felt a bit too uninteresting. So I gave up. I hate giving up on books, but I just did not love this one enough to carry on. Sorry, author.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Homefullofbooks

    Detective Inspector Robin Lyons is dismissed from her job in London and has no choice but to return home to Birmingham. There she accepts a job helping a family friend, Maggie, with her private detective business. However Robin ends up investigating another case when her best friend Corinna is found dead in her home, and her husband missing. It took me a little while to get into this, but once I did I was hooked! At the beginning I felt it was a bit difficult to remember who all the characters we Detective Inspector Robin Lyons is dismissed from her job in London and has no choice but to return home to Birmingham. There she accepts a job helping a family friend, Maggie, with her private detective business. However Robin ends up investigating another case when her best friend Corinna is found dead in her home, and her husband missing. It took me a little while to get into this, but once I did I was hooked! At the beginning I felt it was a bit difficult to remember who all the characters were and how they linked together, but once that was clear in my head I was able to enjoy the story. I couldn't put the book down trying to figure out what had happened to Corinna. The investigations developed quickly and I found it very addictive! I liked the way Robin was helping out with Maggie's cases while also trying to figure out what happened to Corinna, and I thought the way the seperate cases come together was cleverly done. Robin was a strong female lead, and I enjoyed following her investigations. As a character she started to recoginse her flaws and began to work on the strained relationship with her family, particularly her Mum, which helped me warm to her character. The book ended in a way that suggests it could be the start of a series, so I hope there's more to come from Detective Inspector Lyons. Thankyou to Netgalley, 4th Estate and William Collins for the advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Roman Clodia

    I've enjoyed Whitehouse before but for an established author this feels messy and unpaced, as if it's still at draft stage and needs polishing and finalising. There's too much of Robin's messy personal life for my taste, both her long and short-term past history and her own secrets and connection to the central crime. Things are slow, slow, slow, then there's a flurry of revelations at the end. The thing is, there are so many police series out there now with a female protagonist and a messy pers I've enjoyed Whitehouse before but for an established author this feels messy and unpaced, as if it's still at draft stage and needs polishing and finalising. There's too much of Robin's messy personal life for my taste, both her long and short-term past history and her own secrets and connection to the central crime. Things are slow, slow, slow, then there's a flurry of revelations at the end. The thing is, there are so many police series out there now with a female protagonist and a messy personal life, that it's hard to stand out unless the writing is immaculate and the characters step alive off the page - neither happened here for me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Grace J Reviewerlady

    This is a novel with plenty going to keep the reader's attention glued to the pages, and there's no doubt in my mind that it's going to be an exciting series to follow! Having been fired from her job with the Met, single parent Robin Lyons is forced to return to live with her parents, teenage daughter in tow. Whilst it's not ideal as Robin and her mother have always had a fraught relationship, it's a roof over their heads whilst she gets her act together. Working as a fraud investigator, Robin fi This is a novel with plenty going to keep the reader's attention glued to the pages, and there's no doubt in my mind that it's going to be an exciting series to follow! Having been fired from her job with the Met, single parent Robin Lyons is forced to return to live with her parents, teenage daughter in tow. Whilst it's not ideal as Robin and her mother have always had a fraught relationship, it's a roof over their heads whilst she gets her act together. Working as a fraud investigator, Robin finds herself involved in a different kind of detective work, but when a house fire occurs at her best friend's home with deadly consequences it affect Robin badly, especially with the friend's husband going awol. This is one book where you cannot risk losing your focus; so much going on! I really appreciated that there were so many characters and intertwining story lines - far too often it's obvious where things are going in novels but it's not something which happens here. I really needed to keep my wits about me whilst reading this one, but the rewards are huge; this is such a fantastic read! Involving friends, family, colleagues and with so many different strands, it is a gripping, riveting read and without doubt author Lucie Whitehouse has earned every one of the five sparkling stars I'm happy to give it. I hope the next one in series follows on quickly!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mary Lou

    When Robin Lyons loses her job in the Met, she is forced to give up her London flat and move home to her parents in Birmingham. Returning, now with a teenage daughter of her own, to the tense atmosphere she abandoned for college life fifteen years ago is almost impossible to bear. It helps when a family friend gives her temporary work as a PI, but things get complicated when the sudden death of an old friend comes under investigation by the local police. I liked the gothic tension in The Bed I Ma When Robin Lyons loses her job in the Met, she is forced to give up her London flat and move home to her parents in Birmingham. Returning, now with a teenage daughter of her own, to the tense atmosphere she abandoned for college life fifteen years ago is almost impossible to bear. It helps when a family friend gives her temporary work as a PI, but things get complicated when the sudden death of an old friend comes under investigation by the local police. I liked the gothic tension in The Bed I Made, which I read some years back, and I liked this one too. I liked the character of Robin and while there were a lot of characters to get to grips with, concentration paid off. The story was a little different and the family situation and facing up to self-deficiencies was dealt with knowledgably. This looks like a series worth sticking with. With thanks to Netgalley and HarperCollins UK 4th estate

  19. 5 out of 5

    Katharine Johnson

    As a big fan of Lucie Whitehouse’s writing I was delighted to get the chance to read this book. While it’s different from her domestic noir stories, it’s a compelling read and a strong start to a police series. The characters are vividly drawn, multi-faceted and believable, especially Robin who is flawed, determined, principled and likeable. The story was cleverly structured with twists and turns, and kept me guessing. I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good police drama. My thanks to the p As a big fan of Lucie Whitehouse’s writing I was delighted to get the chance to read this book. While it’s different from her domestic noir stories, it’s a compelling read and a strong start to a police series. The characters are vividly drawn, multi-faceted and believable, especially Robin who is flawed, determined, principled and likeable. The story was cleverly structured with twists and turns, and kept me guessing. I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good police drama. My thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for a review copy.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Megan Jones

    Detective Inspector Robin Lyons is going home. Dismissed for misconduct from the Met’s Homicide Command after refusing to follow orders, unable to pay her bills (or hold down a relationship), she has no choice but to take her teenage daughter Lennie and move back in with her parents in the city she thought she’d escaped forever at 18. Only Corinna, her best friend of 20 years seems happy to have Robin back. But when Corinna’s family is engulfed by violence and her missing husband becomes a murde Detective Inspector Robin Lyons is going home. Dismissed for misconduct from the Met’s Homicide Command after refusing to follow orders, unable to pay her bills (or hold down a relationship), she has no choice but to take her teenage daughter Lennie and move back in with her parents in the city she thought she’d escaped forever at 18. Only Corinna, her best friend of 20 years seems happy to have Robin back. But when Corinna’s family is engulfed by violence and her missing husband becomes a murder suspect, Robin can’t bear to stand idly by as the police investigate. Can she trust them to find the truth of what happened? And why does it bother her so much that the officer in charge is her ex-boyfriend – the love of her teenage life? Well I am glad I have finished this book, there is just something about this that I did not connect with. I spent most of it confused as to what was happening and quite frankly raced through it to get it finished. I may have lost focus whilst reading so this would not have helped but had there been something about it that grabbed my attention, then this problem would not have arisen. I did like the premise, I just think the execution was poor and there was little to thrill or excite me. Whitehouse does take a while to reveal things as well, some that are key to understanding the characters, so this did not help my enjoyment of the read. I do have to say that the characters are good, I very much enjoyed Robin and her daughter Lennie, I enjoyed getting to know them and reading about them. They were two great characters to follow and it was interesting to see their relationship and how it develops. 'Critical Incidents' is a book that I really did not enjoy. There was nothing that thrilled me and little that grabbed me, this is easily forgettable and this is probably a good thing seeing as I did not enjoy it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kate Ashton

    Suspended from the Met for misconduct and with no job or income, DI Robin Lyons returns to her parent’s home in Birmingham with her teenage daughter. A family friend offers her some temporary work as a private investigator, where she starts looking into the disappearance of a young woman, but she struggles with her somewhat dysfunctional family and her uncertain future. At least Corinna is up here, her much-loved best friend since schooldays. Or at least Corinna is there until she isn’t … as vio Suspended from the Met for misconduct and with no job or income, DI Robin Lyons returns to her parent’s home in Birmingham with her teenage daughter. A family friend offers her some temporary work as a private investigator, where she starts looking into the disappearance of a young woman, but she struggles with her somewhat dysfunctional family and her uncertain future. At least Corinna is up here, her much-loved best friend since schooldays. Or at least Corinna is there until she isn’t … as violence engulfs Corinna and her family and Robin’s world disintegrates further. Robin can’t stand by and simply watch the local police investigation into what has happened to Corinna and her family, but as she follows up her own leads, the mystery deepens and she is forced to question whether she really did know the people she thought she knew inside out. After the first few chapters that introduced quite a few characters to get your head around, the pace picked up and this proved to be a genuine edge-of-your seat thriller (lots of coffee needed today after reading until the early hours of this morning to finish it!) The characters were rounded, engaging and believable and I was left wanting to know what happened to them next – always a good sign that the author has managed to capture your imagination and empathy. Excellent thriller. Loved it … will be looking out for more by this author.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    Robin was head of a homicide unit in the Met until she disobeyed orders and was fired. She's now back in Birmingham with her teenage daughter, her tail between her legs while she decides what to do. Her mother's PI friend gives her a job and she's soon chasing down benefit fraudsters and missing women. When her best friend is murdered, possibly by her husband, Robin starts investigating as a sideline. This was a fab story, full of twists and adventure with a believable heroine. I do hope this is Robin was head of a homicide unit in the Met until she disobeyed orders and was fired. She's now back in Birmingham with her teenage daughter, her tail between her legs while she decides what to do. Her mother's PI friend gives her a job and she's soon chasing down benefit fraudsters and missing women. When her best friend is murdered, possibly by her husband, Robin starts investigating as a sideline. This was a fab story, full of twists and adventure with a believable heroine. I do hope this is the start of a series as I feel there's more to be told of Robin's adventures.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Marie (UK)

    Thank you to net galley for the ARC copy of this book. I struggled with this book there were too many different things going on in the first half. Characters I couldn't fix in place and movement in the narrative that made no sense. If anyone asked me to tell me what the book was about I would not have been able to say. It was not a book that i wanted to read just wanted to finish. However it did improve in the second half as the author brought the threads together. Robin is a women with a proble Thank you to net galley for the ARC copy of this book. I struggled with this book there were too many different things going on in the first half. Characters I couldn't fix in place and movement in the narrative that made no sense. If anyone asked me to tell me what the book was about I would not have been able to say. It was not a book that i wanted to read just wanted to finish. However it did improve in the second half as the author brought the threads together. Robin is a women with a problem - she seems to hate authority in any guise. Likes to fly against the grain. Act first and think later, So that there was a certain frenetic style to her work as a private detective. I am not sure I would look for something else by this author.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Disgraced and dismissed cop, Robin, is forced to return home, with her thirteen year old daughter, to live with her parents in Birmingham. She takes on some private investigator work with Maggie, a friend of the family. It is mostly fraud work but occasionally involves missing persons. Robin is side-tracked from this work when her best friend, Corinna is murdered. The police are convinced that Corinna’s husband is responsible; Robin is not and sets out to investigate for herself, putting at risk Disgraced and dismissed cop, Robin, is forced to return home, with her thirteen year old daughter, to live with her parents in Birmingham. She takes on some private investigator work with Maggie, a friend of the family. It is mostly fraud work but occasionally involves missing persons. Robin is side-tracked from this work when her best friend, Corinna is murdered. The police are convinced that Corinna’s husband is responsible; Robin is not and sets out to investigate for herself, putting at risk the appeal she is going to make in relation to her sacking. Running in parallel to this is a legitimate private investigation into the disappearance of a young woman. Robin is infuriating but that is part of her charm. She is headstrong, very independent and prone to taking some rather unprofessional decisions. She does herself no favours with the local police, in particular, her ex-boyfriend Samir, while she looks for Corinna’s killer. This is a pacey novel with a good plot and a lot of interesting characters. The story has a dramatic conclusion which suggests there might be a sequel under production. I received a complimentary copy of the book from NetGalley and publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

  25. 4 out of 5

    ReadandRated

    4 stars from me I really felt for Lennie throughout this book – what a great kid! Robin is her own worst enemy, she never quite knows when enough is enough, when to rely on other people and when to keep her mouth shut! But she pays one hell of a price for her actions and so does poor Lennie. I thought Critical Incidents was a really solid 4 – the blend of investigations, intrigue and characterisation was spot on and the humiliation of being back in her childhood bedroom was tangible. The storyline a 4 stars from me I really felt for Lennie throughout this book – what a great kid! Robin is her own worst enemy, she never quite knows when enough is enough, when to rely on other people and when to keep her mouth shut! But she pays one hell of a price for her actions and so does poor Lennie. I thought Critical Incidents was a really solid 4 – the blend of investigations, intrigue and characterisation was spot on and the humiliation of being back in her childhood bedroom was tangible. The storyline appears simple to start with but gets more complex as you read on, it certainly keeps you guessing and needing to keep on turning pages! The only character I really struggled with is Luke, especially so at the very end, not sure at all of his motivation? Synopsis: A gripping literary thriller and the first of a new crime series, from the bestselling author of Before We Met Detective Inspector Robin Lyons is going home. Dismissed for misconduct from the Met’s Homicide Command after refusing to follow orders, unable to pay her bills (or hold down a relationship), she has no choice but to take her teenage daughter Lennie and move back in with her parents in the city she thought she’d escaped forever at 18. In Birmingham, sharing a bunkbed with Lennie and navigating the stormy relationship with her mother, Robin works as a benefit-fraud investigator – to the delight of those wanting to see her cut down to size. Only Corinna, her best friend of 20 years, seems happy to have Robin back. But when Corinna’s family is engulfed by violence and her missing husband becomes a murder suspect, Robin can’t bear to stand idly by as the police investigate. Can she trust them to find the truth of what happened? And why does it bother her so much that the officer in charge is her ex-boyfriend – the love of her teenage life? As Robin launches her own unofficial investigation and realises there may be a link to the disappearance of a young woman, she starts to wonder how well we can really know the people we love – and how far any of us will go to protect our own. https://readandrated.com/2019/04/11/c...

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline Murphy

    The first instalment in the Det Robin Lyons series and a good kick start to a very well thought out police procedural mystery, after being fire from her position heading up Homicide in the Met in London, Robin moves with her daughter Lennie back to her parents house in Birmingham. She is given a trial job with her mother's friend who is a private investigator, a step down but she needs the money being a single parent! Things start to go downhill the day after arriving home with the death/murder The first instalment in the Det Robin Lyons series and a good kick start to a very well thought out police procedural mystery, after being fire from her position heading up Homicide in the Met in London, Robin moves with her daughter Lennie back to her parents house in Birmingham. She is given a trial job with her mother's friend who is a private investigator, a step down but she needs the money being a single parent! Things start to go downhill the day after arriving home with the death/murder of her best friend, a deliberate fire at her house, Robin feels the need to investigate, where her husband Josh, with their son Peter in the hospital on life support, Robin feels helpless..... a great story and loved how it unravelled with a few twists to spin you. Will look forward to more instalments in this series, I'd love to know whats next for Robin & Lennie. Many thanks to Netgalley and HarperCollins UK 4th Estate for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nicki Southwell

    Detective Inspector Robin Lyons has left London, her job, Home and everything dear to her, apart from her daughter Lennie. Worse than the humiliation of being fired from the Met is having to go back to her parents, years after having thankfully left. For good, or so she thought. As some consolation family friend Maggie offers her a lifeline. A job helping her as a private investigator. However much benefits cheats are not exactly glamorous, it is a job after all. In her first couple of days, a mis Detective Inspector Robin Lyons has left London, her job, Home and everything dear to her, apart from her daughter Lennie. Worse than the humiliation of being fired from the Met is having to go back to her parents, years after having thankfully left. For good, or so she thought. As some consolation family friend Maggie offers her a lifeline. A job helping her as a private investigator. However much benefits cheats are not exactly glamorous, it is a job after all. In her first couple of days, a missing person case comes to the fore, and she and Maggie went to meet the mother who had reported her daughter missing. 13-year-old Lennie had to change schools mid-term, from a fee-paying London school to the local secondary. An enormous change for her. Unusually I did not like Robin. I found her to be selfish and arrogant. What she thinks and believes comes above any sense in a situation. She gets on her high-horse, which lost her her career, and now I can see why. From a house fire that kills her best friend Corinne, injured her little boy and with her husband, missing things begin to take a sinister turn. She is constantly stressed, still gets very angry with her mother, guilt at moving Lennie away from London, just everything. From a missing 19-year-old, she decides to investigate on her own, much to Maggie's fury. She doesn't think things through and this is the final straw, so Maggie decides she cannot employ her. There are secrets from the past that now appear to have relevance. She does eventually realise that going it alone when you are part of a team, is not the way forward. I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are all my own and completely unbiased. My thanks to NetGalley for this opportunity.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Vivienne

    My thanks to HarperCollins U.K./4th Estate for an eARC via NetGalley of Lucie Whitehouse’s ‘Critical Incidents’ in exchange for an honest review. Following her dismissal from the Met for refusing to follow orders, DI Robin Lyons finds herself in a precarious financial position. So along with her 13-year old daughter, Lennie, she is returning to Birmingham and moving in with her parents even though her relationship with her mother has always been stormy. She takes a job with a private investigator My thanks to HarperCollins U.K./4th Estate for an eARC via NetGalley of Lucie Whitehouse’s ‘Critical Incidents’ in exchange for an honest review. Following her dismissal from the Met for refusing to follow orders, DI Robin Lyons finds herself in a precarious financial position. So along with her 13-year old daughter, Lennie, she is returning to Birmingham and moving in with her parents even though her relationship with her mother has always been stormy. She takes a job with a private investigator whose main cases are benefit and insurance fraud. It’s quite a fall from being in charge of a large team investigating homicides and major crimes. Things get complicated with the death of a close friend as Robin finds it almost impossible to not investigate, despite being repeatedly warned off. In addition, Robin still has some interest in the case in London that led to her dismissal and with her new boss, Maggie, she looking into a missing person case that the local police are uninterested in. So there is a lot going on in this novel, which is the start of a new series of crime thrillers. Nothing wrong with this though it is quite demanding in terms of multiple plot lines and number of characters. Overall I found it satisfying in terms of how the various cases were resolved with some good twists along the way. It was interesting having a main character who was held apart from the main police investigation. The characters were well developed with Robin especially coming across as very believable as a woman coming to terms with her new reality. Certainly I will be looking forward to more cases with Robin Lyons.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Fay Flude

    Another fantastic read courtesy of NetGalley and Fourth Estate. This is a crime thriller with a difference. It has a much more 'domestic' feel to it rather than a police procedural novel. The book is all about love and relationships as well as being an investigation into seemingly unrelated incidents which the reader discovers later do actually connect. The book introduces 35 year old DI Robin Lyons, disgraced maverick cop from The Met who ends up in Birmingham, her home town, living with her pa Another fantastic read courtesy of NetGalley and Fourth Estate. This is a crime thriller with a difference. It has a much more 'domestic' feel to it rather than a police procedural novel. The book is all about love and relationships as well as being an investigation into seemingly unrelated incidents which the reader discovers later do actually connect. The book introduces 35 year old DI Robin Lyons, disgraced maverick cop from The Met who ends up in Birmingham, her home town, living with her parents and her daughter Lennie. The book invites you into the lives of Robin, her daughter, Robin's best friend Corinna, Robin's parents and brother, ex boyfriends and Private Investigator Maggie. The intricacies of the relationships, how the past weaves into the present, making the characters the people they are today, drives the book on, tempting the reader further and further into the complex web of relationships as DI Robin Lyons comes to terms with a new life, a different job and some appalling secrets. She is needed to track down a missing girl and uncover what really did happen at Corinna's house. So, so readable, so, so enjoyable and as Book One of a series, I am DEFINITELY going to be buying/reading the next book. Thank you Lucie Whitehouse for creating feisty, determined and independent Robin, a single parent and woman for whom rules don't always matter...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Leivesley

    This is the first book I have read by Lucie Whitehouse and it appears to be the first in a new series about ex detective DI Robin Lyons who has been dismissed from the Met for misconduct and so has no option but to move, with her 13 year old daughter, back to Birmingham to live with her parents. She gets a job as a private investigator with her mother’s friend. But the same day that she returns she finds out that her best friend has died in a house fire and her husband, who has disappeared, is t This is the first book I have read by Lucie Whitehouse and it appears to be the first in a new series about ex detective DI Robin Lyons who has been dismissed from the Met for misconduct and so has no option but to move, with her 13 year old daughter, back to Birmingham to live with her parents. She gets a job as a private investigator with her mother’s friend. But the same day that she returns she finds out that her best friend has died in a house fire and her husband, who has disappeared, is the main suspect I really enjoyed this book, which is not particularly fast paced but I did find the complex story interesting, and I didn’t guess the twist at the end. There are a lot of characters but unlike some other reviewers I didn’t find this confusing. I also liked the setting of Birmingham. It’s a city I don’t know particularly well but Ms Whitehouse’s descriptions brought it to life for me. Although it is crime fiction I also liked the way that it explored family relationships and friendship. I felt the character of Robin was very believable. She is a woman trying to do her best under difficult circumstances. She doesn’t always get things right and that has consequences for herself and her family. I also liked the character of Samir, and it will be interesting to see what develops in future books between him and Robin.

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