REVIEW - The Dog Walker by Lesley Thomson

Title: The Dog Walker

Author: Lesley Thomson

Publisher: Head of Zeus

Release Date: 6th April 2017

Source: Advance Copy
A haunted house, a broken family and a body that has never been found. Stella and Jack must reawaken the secrets of the past in order to solve the mysteries of the present.

January, 1987. In the depths of winter, only joggers and dog walkers brave the Thames towpath after dark. Helen Honeysett, a young newlywed, sets off for an evening run from her riverside cottage. Only her dog returns.

Twenty-nine years later, her husband has asked Stella Darnell, a private detective, and her side-kick Jack Harmon, to find out what happened all those years ago.

But when the five households on that desolate stretch of towpath refuse to give up their secrets, Stella and Jack find themselves hunting a killer whose trail has long gone cold...
There are two things that I love in a book, the first is a map and the second is a varied cast of characters.

The Dog Walker has both of these things, set in London it has a nice map which shows where the events took place and a great collection of characters young and old perfect for throwing you off the scent of the murderer in the midst.

Told over the course of twenty nine years, the story visits the disappearance of Helen Honeysett, a beautiful young woman who vanishes whilst running besides the Thames with her dog back in 1987. With her whole life ahead of her she never returns and everyone she knows is a suspect from her husband to her neighbours.

Fast forward to 2016, Stella Darnell a cleaner who is also an exception private detective is approached by a lady who lives in the area that Helen went missing in, she complains of a ghostly presence in her home, could it be the missing Mrs Honeysett?

Along with her partner in crime Jack, Stella sets out find out what happened to Helen but with so many possible suspects will she ever find out what happened to her?

It has a perfect atmospheric setting, London is a true star in the story, especially during the 80's POVs, it feels dark and gloomy, just a little bit dangerous.

The Dog Walker is told from past and present POV's from multiple characters and like all good crime novels you just don't know who is guilty and who is innocent.  I love these types of novels, I hate a book that straight away you pinpoint who the murderer and The Dog Walker had me guessing right till the end.

Thank you to Head of Zeus for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. This is exactly the type of book that I read. Thanks for sharing. Great review!

  2. It seems like all the elements of this novel work together so well. I really like the idea of this being set in London and the creepiness helping set the atmosphere of the novel. And maps are always cool!


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