Today I am excited to be sharing my review of Who Took Eden Mulligan? by Sharon Dempsey with you all.
‘They’re dead. They’re all dead. It’s my fault. I killed them.’
Those are the words of Iona Gardener, who stands bloodied and staring as she confesses to the murder of four people in a run-down cottage outside of Belfast.
Outside the cottage, five old dolls are hanging from a tree. Inside the cottage, the words “WHO TOOK EDEN MULLIGAN?” are graffitied on the wall, connecting the murder scene with the famous cold case of Eden Mulligan, a mother-of-five who went missing during The Troubles.
But this case is different. Right from the start.
Because no one in the community is willing to tell the truth, and the only thing DI Danny Stowe and forensic psychologist Rose Lainey can be certain of is that Iona Gardener’s confession is false….
Who Took Eden Mulligan? begins with a female running, heading for the nearest police station. Running from the horror she has left behind in a cottage. Blood, so much blood. When Iona Gardener reaches the station covered head to toe in blood, the first words to leave her mouth is her confession to the murder of four people. This was such an interesting and exciting start, an opening that instantly pulls you in and has you asking so many questions.
From here, we dive straight in to the police investigation, lead by Chief Inspector Danny Stowe. Stowe is trying desperately to prove himself after some recent wrong doings at work, and he knows that this case is his time to shine, but he needs help. Luckily for him, an old friend is in town. Forensic Psychologist Rose Lainey’s timing couldn’t be more perfect, because Stowe knows that she is exactly who he needs on this case. From the moment that Rose is introduced, you can feel the connection between the two of them, and you know that their partnership could definitely lead to some exciting reading. There are so many aspects to this case that prove to be difficult for the pair, but the biggest one being that of Eden Mulligan.
Eden Mulligan was declared missing during the Troubles, but what does she have to do with this case?That’s the question that everyone wants to know the answers to. I liked that the story links the two cases that were seemingly unconnected, one new case and one 20 year old cold case. The author did a brilliant job of merging the two, but keeping you guessing, and leaving the real ties until the very end.
No real answers were ever found as to what happened to Eden back when she went missing. Of course there were lots of theories, but there was never any definitive proof of anything. This was a regular occurrence during this time, and something that Rose remembers well. Rose’s backstory is probably one of my favourite parts of this story, it’s extremely interesting, and the Troubles are a time that I want to learn more about. I can’t imagine what it must have been like to grow up in Belfast during that time, or the horrors that you would see in your every day life. It was very clear in the story that Rose really struggled with those memories from her childhood.
I did however find that the story focused more on Rose’s background that the actually case, and although I didn’t mind that because it was interesting to read, I do think that the case should have been the main focus and Rose’s story should have taken more of a back seat. The pace of the book was a little too slow for me too, for a lot of the book there didn’t seem to be a huge amount happening. It wasn’t jam packed with action and excitement like I was expecting it to be.
The story did redeem itself though, with an explosive ending that I had not seen coming! There were so many twists and revelations in those last couple of chapters, which I loved. As a whole, this is a an enjoyable read, and I would recommend it, but it didn’t fully live up to my expectations.
I give Who Took Eden Mulligan? a 3 star rating!
Thank you to Avon Books and NetGalley for my copy of the book, in exchange for an honest review.
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