Out 5th April 2018
A dead girl.
A wall of silence.
DI Maya Rahman is running out of time.
A headmistress is found strangled in an East London school, her death the result of a brutal and ritualistic act of violence. Found at the scene is a single piece of card, written upon which is an ancient Buddhist precept:
I shall abstain from taking the ungiven.
At first, DI Maya Rahman can’t help but hope this is a tragic but isolated murder. Then, the second body is found.
Faced with a community steeped in secrets and prejudice, Maya must untangle the cryptic messages left at the crime scenes to solve the deadly riddle behind the murders – before the killer takes another victim.
Turn a Blind Eye is the first book in a brand-new series set in East London and starring DI Maya Rahman.
This is a police procedural, a murder investigation with the added twist of a female, Bangladeshi DI allowing our possible preconceptions of East London, around Tower Hamlets, with it’s multi-culture and gang reputation to be given a fresh eye. This debut novel from Vicky Newham will surely do that.
I really liked the vivid, modern day setting, the characters bringing insight to the array of cultures, DI Rahman as a Bangladeshi woman in the Police Force, her Australian DS bringing yet another layer to this wonderful mix. The storyline – A murdered headmistress in a school which, until she had taken over, had been failing. There had also been a recent death of a student. Was there a link? Added to which this is Rahmans old school. Then there’s another death. What was happening here? Will there be more deaths? Can DI Rahman and her team find the murderer?
Turn a Blind Eye is a well paced thriller, there is tension and there are pressures to resolve the murders. It’s a good story, an interesting and enjoyable read. Although I wasn’t too sure about the various voices, which head up each chapter, they didn’t spoil the reading for me and I can see why this book has had its rights snapped up and, hopefully in the not too distant future, it will be interesting to see what the TV adaptation does when it comes to the small screen.
With thanks to the publishers HQ via NetGalley for an eARC of this book in return for an honest opinion.
Publisher: HQ/Harper Collins.
ISBN: HB: 978-0-00-824067-7 TPB: 978-0-00-824079-0 EB: 978-0-00-824068-4
The DI Maya Rahman police procedural series is set in East London. TURN A BLIND EYE, will be published on April 5th 2018, and has been optioned for television by Playground Entertainment. The second, OUT OF THE ASHES, will be published on April 4th 2019.
More about Rahman and Maguire world, on their Twitter feed @RahmanMaguire.
Vicky Newman is an author, psychologist and teacher.
Vicky has drawn on her Psychology background and her experiences of living and working in East London to write the books in the series. She studied Psychology at university and taught GCSE/A-level Psychology for 10 years before moving to Whitstable, Kent where she now lives with her cockerpoo dog.
“Having grown up in a sleepy village outside Chichester in West Sussex, I ditched green fields and the downs at the age of seventeen for North London and a degree in French and German. I then worked in sales, marketing and finally fundraising before going back to university to study for a BSc Psychology. After that, I undertook teacher training and taught GCSE and A-level Psychology in London for 10 years, and finally left school-teaching in 2012 to concentrate on writing and begin an MA. My first school was in Tower Hamlets, where the Rahman and Maguire novels are set, and I’ve used my experience of living and teaching in the area to inform my plot, characters and setting.
Writing, psychology and learning are still my passions.” http:// vickynewham.com/
Twitter: @VickyNewham Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VickyNewhamAuthor/
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