Thursday, December 19, 2019

BLOG TOUR - Why She Ran

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for Why She Ran by Geraldine Hogan.


‘Rachel. They must have made a mistake. A mother would know?’ She let her words pour into the emptiness of the kitchen. She began to shiver. ‘I can’t feel anything,’ she said softly and rocked back and forth, as if she was a huge child, seeking solace in the simple gesture.

When young, pretty nurse Rachel McDermott is found murdered in the harsh lights of the hospital kitchen where she works, her mother can’t accept the news, and the small Irish town of Corbally reels in disbelief. Rushing to the scene, Detective Iris Locke vows to find the sick killer, whatever it takes.

The last person to see Rachel alive was her close friend, sixteen-year-old Eleanor Marshall, a troubled teenager, estranged from her family. Eleanor was spotted fleeing the kitchen where Rachel’s body was found and becomes the main suspect. Iris has a search party combing the endless woods near the Comeragh mountains where they believe she is hiding. But Iris is consumed with worry for the vulnerable girl and can’t shake a prickly disquiet that Eleanor shouldn’t be a suspect.

Eleanor’s sister agrees but a day later, when she is found dead in the area Eleanor is hiding, things don’t look good for the runaway teen. Iris can’t see Eleanor, who still sleeps with her childhood teddy bear, as someone who would kill her little sister and her best friend, but all the evidence seems to point that way.

Sleep-deprived and desperate to find the truth, Iris takes a closer look into Rachel’s background and discovers that she was keeping strange, shadowy company the night before she died. Convinced that Eleanor is in terrible danger, Iris sets out to find her, in the icy-cold woods, alone. But what if somebody else makes their way through the darkness and reaches Iris and Eleanor first?

This gripping mystery thriller is perfect for fans of Carol Wyer, Robert Dugoni and LJ Ross.

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Title:   Why She Ran
Author:  Geraldine Hogan
Series:  Detective Iris Locke #2
Genre:   Mystery/Thrillers
Publisher:  Bookouture
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   295
Date of Publication:  December 19, 2019
My Rating:  4 Stars

Rachel McDermott seemed like a happy young woman. She had a great job as a nurse and a wonderful family. Then why is it that she was brutally murdered? Detective Iris Locke is on the case and will do whatever she can to find Rachel's murderer. Iris considers Eleanor Marshall to be the most likely suspect, because although she was Rachel's friend, she is someone dealing with addiction. Eleanor was seen running from the area where Rachel was killed. Even though her sister Karena says that Eleanor would never have harmed Rachel, then Karena is found dead.

While Iris pulls clues together, and searches for Eleanor as she has now gone missing, she has other concerns. For one thing, her coworker DS Slattery has his hands full dealing with his wife's dementia. That situation is dire and takes a fair part of this story. It was interesting to see how this affected Iris and her working relationship with Slattery. In this case, there is a past that is now being reflected by what is happening now. It soon becomes evident that there are other suspects, and Iris must sort it all out.

This well-written story by Geraldine Hogan was a terrific read and a nice addition to the Detective Iris Locke series. I read the first book, Silent Nightand I enjoyed that one as well. Although Why She Ran would do well as a standalone, it is always great to find a new series that has just started. I do look forward to seeing what else is in store for Iris.

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review. This is my honest opinion.


Geraldine Hogan was born in Ireland. She gained an Honors Degree in English Literature and Psychology from Dublin City University and a Postgraduate Degree in Training and Management from University College, Galway. She is an Irish award-winning and bestselling author of four contemporary fiction novels under the pen name Faith Hogan.

Silent Night is her first crime novel, her second is due out in December 2019.

She is currently working on her next novel. She lives in the west of Ireland with her husband, four children and a very busy Labrador named Penny. She's a writer, reader, enthusiastic dog walker and reluctant jogger - except of course when it is raining!


  1. I'm intrigued by this book. Thanks for sharing

  2. I have this one up next on my reading list - glad to see you liked it. I adore this author.

  3. I've heard a lot about this book. Sounds great. Lovely review.

  4. Love a good mystery. This sounds right up my alley.

  5. Great review. This sounds like an excellent book

  6. I have this on my TBR to read. I think it could be one of my first books next year.

  7. You have the title of the first book in the book description area.