The Girl Behind The Lens by Tanya Farrelly

The Girl Behind the Lens

The Girl Behind The Lens by Tanya Farrelly

Published: 2016

4stars

 

The Girl Behind the Lens by Tanya Farrelly is her first full-length novel, and I am looking forward to more from this author!   

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher, and of course the author, for providing me with this copy in exchange for an honest review.

There are many twists to this thriller.

When Oliver Molloy finds the body of Vince Arnold in the frozen canal, he almost walks away.  He doesn’t want to get involved, can’t afford to get involved, if he wants to keep his secret safe.  But he can’t ignore his civic duty, so Oliver calls the police, and finds out that he actually knew the victim’s brother Patrick.   Speaking of things he shouldn’t do, Oliver then develops a relationship with the victim’s daughter, Joanna.  How is he going to keep information about Mercedes and Carmen from her?  Now he is more involved than he should be if he wants to keep from going to jail.  He will end up wishing he hadn’t called the police.

Twenty-something photography student Joanna Lacey learns that the victim is actually her “unknown” father.  Apparently it was more than a one-night stand, and her mother had always known the identity of Joanna’s father, but didn’t feel it was a good idea to let her daughter know.   When she finds out that Rachel, Vince’s wife, was also aware that her husband had a daughter, Joanna is not happy.  She refuses to be kept in the dark any longer. Perhaps with Oliver’s help, she can learn what is really going on, because her mother is acting very strange.  For that matter, so is Oliver.

So begins Joanna’s journey to find out what happened to her father.  But her journey expands, and she is suddenly investigating Oliver and her own mother as well.

Secrets and lies.  That is what the book is about.  The characters draw you in.  You want to smack Joanna to open her eyes and grow up.  She is much to naive for her age.  You want to smack her Mom for keeping her daughter in the dark about so many things.  You want to smack Oliver for being such a manipulating creep.  You even want to smack the victim! Don’t get me started on how much I disliked Carmen.  It goes without saying, that if you care enough to smack the characters, you are involved in the book.  It’s a good one!  Fast-paced, with plenty of twists.  I thoroughly enjoyed it!

 

Read:  March 2017

 

About the Author:  Tanya Farrelly works as an English teacher and  holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Bangor University.    She has also published a 2017 award-winning book of short stories “When Black Dogs Sing”.  Tanya lives in Wicklow Ireland with her husband, who is also a writer.  

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