Before She Falls by Dylan Young (Book Review)

Before She Falls by Dylan Young (Book Review)

It’s Publication Day for Before She Falls by Dylan Young and I am so happy to be joining the Blog Tour. Many thanks to Noelle at Bookouture , the author and NetGalley for providing a copy, which I have reviewed honestly.

Don’t forget to join these other lovely book bloggers for their stops on the Blog tour too!

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Kimberley was a beautiful young girl with the world at her feet.
Before she fell.
Before she was gone.

When Kimberley Williams jumps off Southerndown Cliff, her family and the close-knit community are shocked. What would make her take her own life when she had so much of it left to live?

Detective Anna Gwynne is assigned to the case after it becomes clear that someone made Kimberley jump. Someone had been sending Kimberley messages, saying they would tell everyone her secret…

Then Anna realises there are others, all being sent the same messages, all with their lives at risk. To find the truth she will have to confront her own past, the lies she’s told about her childhood and the demons hidden there…

Can she save these innocent lives?

What is the secret they’re all dying for?

An absolutely gripping thriller that will hook you from beginning to end. If you love Val McDermid, Angela Marsons and Robert Dugoni, you won’t be able to put down Before She Falls.


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My Review

Detective Anna Gwynne is called upon to investigate the death of an apparent teenage suicide but it soon becomes clear that a huge network of young internet followers are being challenged to take up the deadly ‘Black Squid’ game. However, it is far from a game, in fact, vulnerable teenagers are being groomed by a website to incite suicide.

Sixteen-year-old Kimberly is found dead after falling from a cliff. It’s hard to believe that a young girl with so much to look forward to would take her own life, but the deadly squid marking is found on her face.

The investigation takes Anna to convicted serial killer Hector Shaw whose own daughter was a victim of the ‘game’ many years previously. He has done his own research into who the mastermind of the twisted challenge is, but is reluctant to share information. Will he help Anna catch the killer?

The book is fast paced, gripping and cleverly written with a brilliant end. It is the third in the series and I, unfortunately, hadn’t read the previous two. However, the crime thriller was still extremely enjoyable and I will be delving into other books involving Detective Gwynne and her team.

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Author Bio:

Dylan Young grew up in a mining village in South Wales before boarding a train for university in London. A career in the NHS followed, but the urge to write never went away. Three dark psychological thrillers for Random House emerged in the late nineties, two of which were made into BBC films. Over the last decade, under different pseudonyms, he’s written children’s books and an adult contemporary fantasy series. But his liking for crime (writing) never died. Book 1 in the Detective Anne Gwynne crime thriller series, The Silent Girls, and Book 2, Blood Runs Cold, are available now.

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  1. Thanks so much for taking the trouble to review BSF, Louise. And Lexi –the dog–has a starring role too, so I’m sure that pleased you. Best wishes. DY

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