The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).
My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
‘She looked away from his face and took in the clear spring night, full of stars. Her last thoughts were of her mother. Would she finally care, when one day they found her body, and a policeman came knocking at her door?’
The body of missing tourist Bethany Haliwell is found in the small Coromandel town of Castle Bay, where nothing bad ever happens. News crews and journalists from all over the country descend on the small seaside town as old secrets are dragged up and gossip is taken as gospel.
Among them is Miller Hatcher, a journalist battling her own demons, who arrives intent on gaining a promotion by covering the grisly murder.
Following an anonymous tip, Miller begins to unravel the mystery of the small town. And when another woman goes missing, Miller finds herself getting closer to the truth. But at what cost?
> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Crime
> Literature & Fiction > Women’s Fiction > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Women Sleuths
> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Crime > Murder
|File size:||206 pages
Did Bethany put up a fight? Had she had a chance? Miller wondered how she’d react in the same circumstances. She was sure she would fight till the end.
The loud crack of a snapping twig pierced the silence around her. She whirled round, straining her ears, listening for footsteps or voices. Nothing. Her arms erupted in goose bumps and she shivered. The surroundings were dark, even thought the day was sunny, the canopy of trees blocking out most of the light. She squinted through the trees, half-expecting to see someone watching her.
She admonished herself for her overactive imagination. But then she heard a scatter of leaves behind her, and as she turned, she collided with someone’s chest.
This book introduces you to Miller Hatcher, a young journalist with alcohol issues. Her intent is to gain a promotion by covering the murder of Bethany Haliwell.
With Nothing Bad Happens Here, Nikki Crutchley has created a gripping as well as chilling story with a plot that keeps its promises. It is a plot that kept me glued to my eReader, drawing me very close to Miller, and to Kahu. Nikki Crutchley created a well elaborated suspense story with a complex and likable heroine – as well as a colourful variety of further important characters. Miller and the others are believable, complemented by the aptly written plot. There is a lot more to the story than simply good versus bad; there are some insights in the human behaviour that will make you wonder. It is a highly enjoyable read with authentic characters, interesting turns, and a great flow. A memorable book to read again, written by a new author to watch out for!
This is a book for you if you like intriguing suspense, feisty heroines, believable characters, and if you appreciate cleverly elaborated stories.
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|POV||Third person – past tense|
|Language|| – 😳
|Sexual content|| – 😳
About the author
After seven years of working as a librarian in New Zealand and overseas, Nikki now works as a freelance proofreader and copy editor. She lives in the small Waikato town of Cambridge in New Zealand with her husband and two girls.
Nikki has been writing on and off her whole life and recently has had success in flash fiction. She has been published in Flash Frontier, Flash Fiction Magazine and Mayhem Literary Journal. Crime/thriller/mystery novels are her passion. Nothing Bad Happens Here is her fist novel (but hopefully not her last), set on the Coromanadel Coast of New Zealand.
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What about you? What did you think about Nothing Bad Happens Here? Or – if you did not yet read Nothing Bad Happens Here – are you now interested in reading it yourself?
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