Published by: Urbane Publications (9th June 2017)
The Secret Wound draws the reader into a complex web of relationships within the ex-pat community in Mallorca, discovering their dangerous secrets...and a potential murderer in their midst. One of their number carries a dark and deadly secret from their past, and has murderous plans for a fellow ex-pat. Can any of the close- knit community discover the brutal plans before they are all put in mortal danger?
I had been very intrigued by the description of this book, but somehow it was left languishing on my TBR for a while. I'm pleased I've now (finally!) managed to read it.
Although this is a book about a crime, it is also about complex relationships between the characters. Gurtha and his parents Nuala and Paddy, Gurtha's friend Cornelia, her husband, and various other characters that drift in and out of all of their lives.
I liked that the book was set in both Dublin and Mallorca, though most of the story does take place in Mallorca. The descriptions of the scenes there are fantastic; I was easily able to conjure up images in my head.
I found the story quite difficult to get into initially, but in places it did hold my interest. I think it's definitely more of a grower. I was really struggling towards the last third but persevered as I wanted to find out what happened in the end. Although there is some real drama just before the end of the book, the very last page or two were a real let-down for me! I just thought "is that it?!"
I was delighted to find that the first 4 books in the Nancy Drew series are available on audio with my new Houston Public Library e-card, and I'm listening to them out of order, because that's just how they're coming available on the Holds list. But it's actually sort of a disappointment. I love Laura Linney as an actor, but something is a little lacking as an audio narrator. Plus, listening on audio really does highlight the glaring flaws in these books that I can't help but see in spite of the soft-focus filter of nostalgia.
This time around Stephanie works with Ranger, but the job takes a turn for the worse when Ranger's building is hit by a polonium attack. Someone Ranger encountered in his earlier life wants to kill him, and threatens Stephanie too. It sounds scary, but mostly this book is just good fun. Some feral Chihuauas and an annoying short guy also show up and add to the usual craziness. If you don't mind funny action, then you might like this series. I know I do. Reading these books, is one of the few things that can get me to smile on certain days.