I read the first book by this author (My Time, Your Time) and enjoyed it so much I was pleased to find a second book also available.
Ellie is eighteen and leaving home for the first time, something she has been longing to do for several years now. She is taking with her most of her belongings and a secret she feels she must never tell. Her mother, Sarah, is in turns both heartbroken to see Ellie leave and relieved that she is no longer bearing the brunt of Ellie's hostility. With distance between them, Sarah hopes that Ellie will finally learn to appreciate their relationship while Ellie takes the first steps to relaxing and enjoying her new life. But someone seems keen to systematically destroy Ellie's new start, with shocking results.
I very much enjoyed this second book by a talented author, who I feel has a natural way with the words on the page. The relationship between Sarah and Ellie felt genuine and at no point did any of the dialogue or story feel forced, something I haven't been able to say about the last book I read (Six Years by Harlan Coben, whose style felt very 'in your face' and false to me). Because of this, with such a natural writing style, reading the story was effortless and so much more enjoyable.
I found this book started as a slow-building mystery, and I wasn't clear exactly where the story was heading at first, but it ended as a very fast-paced thriller that had me turning pages so quickly I had to slow myself down and go back to make sure I hadn't missed a word. I felt very involved with the story and the events that were unfolding in it.
In this way, with a slower start and a mystery that was revealed only in time, The Lonely Cool Before Dawn was different to My Time, Your Time, as at least part of the mystery in that book had to be revealed at the start (with Alice missing and Rachel searching for her). I found that these differences served only to enhance my liking of the authors writing, as she proves that she can change the pace and tension in her books and still hold a readers interest.
All in all, another great book from this author and as I said in my previous review, I think fans of Nicci French, Jenn Ashworth, Colette McBeth or Sabine Durrant will enjoy books by the author. I am very much looking forward to reading another book by this author and hope that she will publish again very soon, as I will be keeping an eye out for something else by her.