The Rift by Rachel LynchTheRift @r_lynchcrime @CaneloCrime @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

A stunning new thriller from the author of the acclaimed DI Kelly Porter novels and a rising star in British crime fiction.

Book blurb

To save one life, she risks many others.

Working for the Royal Military Police, Major Helen Scott is used to rapid change. On a posting to Paris she oversees security for a NATO summit in the city, yet has barely begun before her presence is demanded at Interpol headquarters in Lyon.

Helen’s orders are to locate a kidnapping victim – the eldest son of oil magnate Khalil Dalmani. The main suspect is Fawaz bin Nabil, whose fortune has been made from illegal trade familiar to the intelligence agencies.

Helen knows the pain of loss and won’t rest until Khalil’s child is found. Along the way, she crosses paths with old faces and forms new alliances. But who will betray her trust?

My thoughts

The Rift is Rachel Lynch’s latest book it is set mainly in France as its main character, Major Helen Scott of the Royal Military Police (RMP) is assigned to the British Ambassador in Paris. She is to oversee the security for a NATO summit.

As she is undertaking this duty she is also tasked to assist Interpol with a missing persons case. The son of Khalil Dalmani, a very wealthy man, is kidnapped as he returns to Paris where he’s been studying.

Helen understands the situation not only from a work point of view, her skill set is quite something, but also as she is able to empathise with the young mans parents with regard to the potential loss of a child. She has, albeit under different circumstances, tragically suffered such a loss and is determined that their son will be found.

It’s an intriguing case in which a possible suspect is soon on Major Scott’s radar. Fawaz bin Nabil is known to Interpol and has been the subject of a US operation but why would Fawaz have Khalil’s son taken? Is there a link to her work for the Ambassador?

Whilst Helen Scott is the main character and I really liked her, we also have parts of the book from the kidnapped Hakim’s point of view as well as Khalil, Fawaz and Grant Tennyson. Tennyson works for Khalil heading up security in AlGaz Khalil’s company. Interpol are investigating Hakim’s kidnapping but Khalil wants Grant to undertake his own search to find Hakim.

Rachel Lynch balances each of these threads beautifully as the story unfolds and we are privy not only to what is happening with the investigation but what is happening beyond it. Each thread is drawn together as we and Scott begin to understand, albeit through some complicated information, what is happening and how it all fits in.

This is a fascinating insight not only into the work of an RMP officer, Interpol and security forces but also of the criminal/terrorist workings and mindset. It doesn’t just give you ‘goodies vs baddies’ although it is quite clear on that front but the author allows you to understand why things are happening without any over sentimentalism.

The pace of the book is really good allowing lots of information to be processed without getting bogged down in it, describing some really wonderful scenes for the understanding of the characters, the geographical settings and the on the ground operations as they take place so you feel like it is all unfolding before your very eyes. Culminating in a thrilling, intense and riveting conclusion.

Rachel Lynch writes and you are transported into another world. The Rift is compelling, a cracking story and well worth reading.

My Thoughts on Rachel Lynch’s DI Kelly Porter Books:-

Bold Lies | Bitter Edge | Dead End | Deep Fear | Dark Game | Blood Rites | Little Doubt | Lost Cause


My thanks to Emma at #damppebblestours for the invite to join the blog tour for The Rift and for an eCopy of the book from Canelo.

Blog Tour

Why not check out the rest of the tour?

Catch up on Twitter with @colingarrow and @shazzierimmel who posted yesterday and Monday then the other seven great bloggers from tomorrow until the 21st April.

You’ll certainly be dying to read The Rift by then so why not get it ordered now? There are lot’s of options below or, you know, now they’re open again maybe get it from your favourite bookshop.


Published by: Canelo Crime in paperback and digital formats on 22nd April 2021.

Buy: Amazon UK | Waterstones | Google Books | Foyles | Kobo | Book Depository

Author: Rachel Lynch grew up in Cumbria and the lakes and fells are never far away from her. London pulled her away to teach History and marry an Army Officer, whom she followed around the globe for thirteen years. A change of career after children led to personal training and sports therapy, but writing was always the overwhelming force driving the future. The human capacity for compassion as well as its descent into the brutal and murky world of crime are fundamental to her work.

Find Rachel Lynch on: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram |


D.I. Kelly Porter series

Lying Ways the new D I Kelly Porter book (number 9) coming out in September 2021.

Major Helen Scott (RMP)

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