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13 July 2019

Book Review: When I Lost You by Merilyn Davies *AD Gifted

Arrow sent me a free review copy of When I Lost You by Merilyn Davies ahead of the blog tour.

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When a young couple are the lead suspects for the murder of their only child, Crime Analyst Carla Brown and DS Nell Jackson are assigned to investigate.

The evidence seems conclusive, but something just doesn’t feel right.

The case is quickly cast into doubt when the lead forensic pathologist starts receiving threatening letters – containing details only the police should know.

Who’s sending them? What do they want? And how did they get hold of the information?

As Carla and Nell dig deeper, it soon becomes clear that this case isn’t the first of its kind.

They must stop at nothing to find the truth – even if it hits close to home.

5 Words: Mystery, blame, conflict, murder, abuse.

Content warnings: Infant death, child abuse, graphic descriptions of crime scenes.

I feel that a lot of the author's own experiences as a crime analyst with the Met feeds a lot into the book - it feels like a completely authentic look at the job, full of first person research. It really comes across in the writing and it's fascinating. And definitely not a job that I could do.

When I Lost You is a bit police-procedural, a bit twisting thriller, and wholly addictive. It's gritty and harsh, but at the same time - and despite the content - it's sensitively told.

I did find the split timeline a little confusing at first, but I quickly got used to it and couldn't put the book down. It's a pretty compelling read, and even if I did guess the mystery it was still a bit fun and a satisfying whodunit, and I didn't see every twist coming.

I loved how When I Lost You ended, I felt like the ending was a fantastic way to bring everything together. I really hope that this is the beginning of a series, as I feel like there is a lot of scope for the stories of Carla and Nell to continue. And I feel like it would be an excellent TV series.


  1. Sounds like an amazing read! I'll check it out!

    Shirley |

  2. Ohh! This definitely sounds like something I'd enjoy! Great review!

  3. I love it when you don't see all of the twists coming! I agree that figuring it out is satisfying though :)

  4. This sounds great and I'm glad it gives a look in to being a crime analyst!

  5. Ooooo this sounds right up my street! Fab review

  6. Yes, I have been in such a mood for mystery.

  7. This one sounds perfect for me! I love a good mystery.

  8. Great review! Sounds intriguing and I love a good twist!

  9. im hoping for a sequel for you, or show adaptation. these type of stories do do very well on screen!! :)


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