No Escape by Casey Kelleher (Lucy Murphy 1)

51A3hYavOuL Synopsis: The one place she never wanted to go back to. The one place she can’t escape.

When she was just five years old, Lucy Murphy witnessed her mother’s brutal murder in their home on London’s notorious Griffin Estate. The case was never solved. Now a newly qualified police officer, Lucy has been given her first job: she’s going back to the Griffin Estate.

She is there to protect the estate’s vulnerable residents, including Shannon and Kian Winters, two kids struggling to deal with their alcoholic mother. Fifteen-year-old Shannon is working every spare hour to keep a roof over their heads, but thirteen-year-old Kian has fallen under the sway of gang leader Jax Priestly. And now Jax has plans for Shannon too…As Lucy gets to know Kian and Shannon she becomes determined not to let the two teenagers become Jax’s victims. But time is running out. Jax is out of control, and the gang’s violent reprisals are escalating. Can Lucy face down her own demons in time to prevent a tragedy? As a child, she already witnessed the murder of one innocent person. It will take all her courage and training to stop another.

My Rating: 5/5

My Review: Lucy Murphy is our main character in this book and she has not had the easiest start to life. After witnessing her Mother’s brutal murder as a child whilst living on the Griffin Estate she decided to become a copper. Now as an adult working as a DC she is involved in a case meaning she has to go back to the place she grew up. Kian and Shannon are two kids living on the estate and pretty much doing it alone as their alcoholic Mother struggles. Shannon and Kian are very likeable characters, just kids that don’t know any different.

Once Kian falls in with a wayward gang and their leader Jax his life gets a lot worse. Lucy is involved in a couple of incidents on the estate and fears for  both the youngsters, however she has her own internal battle going on. In addition to trying to prove herself at work Lucy also has to deal with her Nan Winnie who is suffering from illness and the balancing act is getting harder as time goes on.

This book I read in just two sittings and absolutely loved it. Stupidly I didn’t realise I had read book 2 before this one (not that it made any difference, but I can’t miss out)! I ended up wondering how long I had to wait for book 3….and can definitely and wholeheartedly reccomend this book!

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