Visiting Lilly (Jake Talbot Investigates Book 1) by Toni Allen
Published on 31st May 2016
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies
I downloaded this book on Kindle unlimited.
When DI Jake Talbot overhears Peter Charteris putting a complaint in about Frankie Hayward harassing his grandma. DI Talbot was intrigued and volunteered to look into the case. Thinking this case would be a distraction from his Christmas memories, he was curious to find out why a young man like Frankie is interested in a 90yr old woman. A simple case of harassment quickly becomes complex involving the MOD, astral projection, past meetings and a missing boy, but will Frankie ever meet Lilly.
What was different to other thrillers I have recently read was that DI Talbot was not a rule breaker, he was hard working, stickler for detail who would get the job done. As the story progresses you get to know more about his personal life and the reason why he does not like Christmas. He had an open mind when it came to the astral projection and the further he got with his investigation the more he fought for Frankie’s rights.
Frankie was a loner, even as a small boy he was different to his siblings. Brought up by his grandma and her stories about a mysterious figure who visited her one night, he was free to explore astral projection. As the investigation continued you are introduced to Frankie’s mom and siblings and I personally think he was better off living with his grandma as there was no love for him, to the point that his mom accused him of murdering Keith McKenzie, a childhood friend of Frankie’s who went missing when they were younger.
I was engrossed this story from the moment DI Talbot started the investigation. DI Talbot was like a big brother to Frankie and although Frankie found it hard to make friends there was a brotherly bond with Jake. The introduction of further characters was not confusing to the story but did help explain their past and with the addition of Frankie’s family although detestable had me feeling sorry for Frankie. I loved the idea of astral projection as although unusual neatly explained the fascination between Lilly and Frankie. The story was flowed smoothly and as the story progressed so did the suspense. There was enough twist and turns in this story to keep it interesting and when the MOD got involved I did not expect that. With Frankie talking about saving Jake’s sister, it leads nicely into book 2 and I for one can’t wait to see if he does it. A great thriller with a sci-fi element.