Title: Never Came Home (DI Siv Drummond #2)
Author: Gretta Mulrooney
Published on: 6 October 2020
Genre: Mystery and Thrillers
Lyn Dimas told her nine-year-old son she would pop into Smart Mart and be back soon. But she never returned. Six years later, builders find a mummified corpse tied to the back of a fridge in a derelict building. On conducting DNA test, it is found the mummified corpse is that of Lyn. What went wrong on that fateful night, six years ago?
As DI Siv Drummond and her teammates Ali and Patrick start to investigate, they uncover a lot of ugly truths about Lyn and her family. Lyn did not like her daughter’s boyfriend Pearce. Lyn’s husband Theo came out as gay months before her disappearance. The neighbour was hitting on Lyn. Suspects are many and so are their motives to harm Lyn. But who actually is the culprit?
Never Came Home is the second book in Gretta Mulrooney’s DI Siv Drummond series. Having read the first book in this series – These Little Lies – I was looking forward to reading Never Came Home.
Never Came Home is a fantastic addition to the series. In the first book, the emphasis was on character background. Lyn’s obsession with her late husband sounded a little creepy at times but we do see a lot of improvement in that department in Never Came Home.
Speaking of relatives, Siv and her mum Musti do not get along well. Musti has never been there for her daughters, so one cannot really blame Siv for ignoring her. But in the previous book, we saw Musti appearing at Siv’s doorstep. And she’s here to stay. In Never Came Home, we do see a lot of drama – Musti survives on it, what can you say!
Siv’s teammates are Ali and Patrick. Patrick’s brother Noah is a paraplegic. A tiny mystery involving Noah certainly added a dash of intrigue to the story.
Coming to the mystery behind the murder, Gretta Mulrooney has done an excellent job in keeping the readers hooked to the story until the end. The mystery certainly kept me guessing until the end. Red herrings are plenty and the suspense is well-maintained throughout the story.
As Siv and her team starts to investigate, they learn ugly secrets about Lyn and her family. When these are brought out into the public, hell breaks loose. It is very clear to Siv the suspects are hiding something. It is not an easy task to check alibis as it has been six years since the murder. But Siv doesn’t take no for an answer.
The character development is absolutely fantastic. The identity of the killer was a huge shocker. I did not see this coming! The final clue that leads Siv to the killer – phew! This was no less than a nail-biting scenario.
Never Came Home by Gretta Mulrooney is an engrossing, riveting page turner. If you love mysteries that keep you on the edge of your seat, Never Came Home might be the book you are looking for.
I received an ARC from Joffe Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.