A Chance Encounter is the latest novel by Rae Shaw. It’s also the first in a new series that will follow the life of the main protagonist Julianna Baptiste.
Author, Rachel is based in the North West of England. She read her first grown-up detective novel at the age of eleven, which proved to be a catalyst for filling many shelves with crime books, which still occupy her home and grow in number whenever she visits a book shop.
As well as crime, Rachel likes to unplug from the real world and writes mysteries that have a touch of magic woven into family secrets. A Chance Encounter while focusing on crime is a book full of secrets.
Julianna Baptiste, a feisty bodyguard, finds her new job tedious, that is until her boss, the evasive Jackson Haynes, spikes her curiosity. Who is behind the vicious threats to his beautiful wife and why is he interested in two estranged siblings?
Mark works for Haynes’s vast company. He’s hiding from ruthless money launderers.
His teenage sister Ellen has an online friend whom she has never met. Ellen guards a terrible secret.
For eight years their duplicitous father has languished in prison, claiming he is innocent of murder. The evidence against him is overwhelming, so why does Mark persist with an appeal?
Keen to prove her potential as an investigator, Julianna forces Mark to confront his mistakes. The consequences will put all their lives in danger.
A Chance Encounter is a breath of fresh air in the crime genre. It’s not like any other crime novel we have read before. It’s a slow burn with clues and answers revealed painstakingly so you really get drawn into the story and into the lives of the characters. It makes you really understand what is happening and their motivations for doing the things they do.
The last part of the story is action-packed and has many twist and turns. It’s a testament to Rachels talent and strength as a writer, how well the book flows and keeps you gripped to the end and we make you wish the next book in the series was out already.
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