Journey to Death (A Lucy Hall Mystery Book 1) by Leigh Russell

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Heeeeellllooo readers, another book I’ve been meaning to review for agessss but ended up in my, Lizzy remember to review this pile, which is no excuse! If you’re wondering why I’ve been doing that a lot recently, I’ve been going back into my Lizzy backlogs and reviewing a lot of books that I read forever ago and just never got round to reviewing. So apologies; this review is finally here and I hope you enjoy it!

Lucy Hall arrives in the Seychelles determined to leave her worries behind. The tropical paradise looks sun-soaked and picture-perfect—but as Lucy soon discovers, appearances can be very deceptive. A deadly secret lurks in the island’s history, buried deep but not forgotten. And it is about to come to light.

As black clouds begin to gather over what promised to be a relaxing family break, Lucy realises that her father stands in the eye of the coming storm. A shadow from his past is threatening to destroy all that he holds dear—including the lives of his loved ones.

A dark truth is about to explode into their lives, and that truth is going to hit them right between the eyes.

So, let’s get on with what happens – the story follows the story of a family who travel to the Seychelles, but things are about to take a turn for the worst. Lucy is holidaying with her family following the breakup of her engagement with her fiance. Lucy’s dad George however used to live and also work in the Seychelles but was forced to leave in 1977 due to political reasons; however now they’re back his past begins to catch up with him and Lucy’s mother suddenly goes missing – will Lucy manage to find her mother? Who is targeting their family? Where the hell has she gone? All will be revealed.

So let’s get down to the nitty, gritty; I thought the characters were very well written and although this is quite a gentle story the character pack a punch. Lucy is a super detective; she’s smart, clever, sweet but she also has a very steadfast personality. She’s very mature for her years (she’s only 22) in handling the disappearance of her mum but also the stress of discovering that someone is attempting to kill her. I found Adrian a little hard to warm to although I think if there is a second book we will definitely get more into this and I liked that about the secondary characters; Eddy the barman and Adrian the accountant who work at the hotel, instead of feeling like secondary characters they feel like main characters which we just haven’t quite met yet which makes me happy.

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One of the main things I seriously loved about this book was that the landscape of the Seychelles was utterly brought to life through the pages of the book; I seriously felt transported to another place and I thought that was utterly perfect. I could feel the heat on my skin, I could see the stunning blue skies and the luscious smells – THIS BOOK JUST MADE ME WANT TO GO ON A HOLIDAY!

So any wobbles; there were a couple of things I struggled with; some of the characters are a little shallow and slightly two-dimensional. I’m not 100% sure whether that is because the landscape was so beautifully written and therefore the characters didn’t quite match up but there was a bit of a mis-match there for me. The other thing I struggled with was that I thought that some of the events in the book were a little far-fetched; it just meant the plot felt a bit unrealistic at points which was a real shame actually.  Additionally at times the reader is expected to make assumptions as to what happens – this isn’t necessarily a bad thing but if it’s a really important part of the story it just needs a little more explanation.

So, overall this was a really lovely gentle book and a nice mystery style novel. The plot was good, there were a few things that made it more of a struggle to read but overall I thought this was a well written book and I’m actually really excited to read more from this author. I think this book had a lot of potential and I can’t wait to read another book; this one is nearly there but I think it could have been a little better.




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