Blog Blitz & Review – The Stranger Within by Tara Lyons

Happy Thursday, everyone!

Thanks to Bloodhound Books and Tara Lyons for the free ebook copy in exchange for my honest review 🙂


The Stranger Within FINAL

Book Description:

Dealing with everyday crime in London, DI Denis Hamilton is urgently called into a briefing in the early hours of his weekend off. Torn away from his family life, he must unravel an investigation he thought had long closed.

Putting his personal worries to one side, Hamilton and his Murder Investigation Team come up against a patient with a mental disorder hell-bent on revenge.

Comparing the present day with memories of his tragic past, can Hamilton open his mind to the difficulties of mental illness in order to catch a murderer?

And when a colleague’s life is threatened, can Hamilton unlock the truth of the stranger within before it’s too late?


My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!

This is book four in the DI Hamilton series – last year I read book three, DEADLY FRIENDSHIP, and loved it! You are definitely able to jump into this series whenever you want. Lyons does a great job giving the reader just enough background information so that you get a good grasp of DI Hamilton.

I’ve been on a roll with some good revenge stories and this is another thriller on my TBR that deals in mental disorders. Hamilton and his team are up against their most difficult case yet as he struggles to try and get inside the mind of mental illness. How can you think like a murdered when you don’t quite understand the obstacles and difficulties faced with mental disorders?

We get a bigger glimpse into Hamilton’s personal life and the readers get to see the softer side. He has a lot at risk in this investigation and he is in a race against time to stop the killer before he loses those closest to him.

If you’re looking for a binge read, then this should be on your TBR for the summer!

Tara Lyons 2018 copy

About the Author:

Tara is a crime/psychological thriller author from London, UK. Turning 30 in 2015 propelled her to fulfil her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. She studied English Literature at Brunel University and was an Assistant Editor for an in-house magazine for eight years. 

In the Shadows is the author’s solo debut novel published in March 2016, which later went on to be republished by Bloodhound Books after signing a contract with them in 2017. She has also co-written with New York Times bestselling author, M.A Comley – The Caller and Web of Deceit.

When she’s not writing, Tara can be found at a local soft-play activity centre, bowling alley, trampoline park or cinema with her young, energetic son.

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