Review: Ask No Questions by Claire Allan

Hey everyone!
Today, I am excited to be sharing my review of Ask No Questions by Claire Allan with you all.

Title: Ask No Questions
Author: Claire Allan
Release Date: 21st January 2021
Page Count: 336
Publisher: Avon Books
Buy It Here (affiliate links): Amazon UKWaterstonesBook Depository

GoodReads Synopsis:

The new crime thriller from the bestselling author of Her Name Was Rose

Twenty-five years ago, on Halloween night, eight-year-old Kelly Doherty went missing while out trick or treating with friends.
Her body was found three days later, floating face down, on the banks of the Creggan Reservoir by two of her young classmates.
It was a crime that rocked Derry to the core. Journalist Ingrid Devlin is investigating – but someone doesn’t want her to know the truth. As she digs further, Ingrid starts to realise that the Doherty family are not as they seem. But will she expose what really happened that night before it’s too late?

A twisty psychological thriller from bestselling author Claire Allan.

My Review:

When I picked up Ask No Questions, I had never read anything by Claire Allan before, but had heard a lot of good things, and now I can see why!

The beginning of the story really grabs you, in a way that I didn’t expect. I was instantly hooked, and desperate to continue the story. It starts with the discovery of Kelly’s body, and the grim details of how she was found. The author really paints a horrifying picture, before jumping forwards in time to the present day with the next chapter, to where journalist Ingrid Devlin is searching the local paper’s archives for anything she can find on Kelly’s disappearance, and leaving you reeling from the previous chapter.

Following Ingrid’s journey to find the truth was certainly an exciting, and thrilling ride. There were obstacles, and danger at every turn, and the pacing of the story really keeps you on your toes. The fact that Ingrid was so close to the story she was investigating made it feel so much more real and emotional, you can imagine the mental struggles she would have gone through along the way, and you can see the constant battle that she was fighting with herself about whether she was doing the right thing.

There were some interesting character’s in the story. Ingrid in particular was a favourite of mine. She is a fantastic protagonist. She’s brave, and compassionate, and she’s not afraid of putting herself in danger to do the right thing. I also felt incredibly sorry for the Doherty family, and I can’t even begin to imagine what it must be like to lose a child, I honestly don’t think I would be able to carry on.

I had my suspicions along the way as to what had happened to Kelly, but nothing prepared me for the awful truth. This was an ending that I never predicted, and it was a brilliant way to wrap up the story, leaving no loose ends behind.

There were points in the story that were incredibly emotional, and were quite difficult to read, but that just shows the talent that Claire Allan has for truly making you feel every word. Ask No Questions is a fast paced, exciting thriller, and was better than I had ever expected. I will certainly be reading more by the author in the future!

A huge thank you to Avon Books and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of the book, in exchange for an honest review.

I give Ask No Questions a 5 star rating!

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