Dying to Tell by Val Collins

Published: February 28, 2023

VCB Publishing

Genre: Mystery & Crime

Pages: 286

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

Val Collins is the author of the award-winning psychological thriller GIRL TARGETED and the international bestsellers ONLY LIES REMAIN , THE SILENT SPEAK and WHERE LOYALTIES LIE. Her fifth book DYING TO TELL will be released on 28 February 2023. All five books feature heroine Aoife Walsh. They are all standalone thrillers and can be read in any order. A native of Ireland, Val began reading at the age of three and still devours books at the rate of one per week. Her favourite authors range from Philippa Gregory and Sophie Kinsella to Lee Child and Linwood Barclay.

Part-time journalist Aoife Walsh is about to tie the knot with her long-term boyfriend, Detective Conor Moloney. However, after barely surviving the trauma of her first marriage, and still having to deal with her challenging ex-husband, Aoife is less than excited about the prospect of organising a wedding.
Her wedding anxiety quickly takes a back seat when the missing person case she is researching turns into a murder investigation.
A year earlier, IT specialist Matt Gallagher disappeared on his honeymoon abroad, seemingly without explanation. Now, after his bride learns of a huge inheritance Matt had been expecting, Aoife finds herself uncovering a trail of clues that lead her from the rain-soaked cobblestones of Dublin to the sun-baked streets of southern Italy.
But what Aoife hadn’t expected was that her own personal life would get mixed up in the murder investigation – or that her search for the truth puts herself and her loved ones directly in the crosshairs of a deadly killer.

“She only had one option.”

Aoife has a public piece she’s been assigned. And she figures it will be a pretty easy assignment. But the deeper she gets into her research, the more she realizes that things aren’t what they seem.

Holy cannoli. This book was a ride. I love Aoife. She is such a bold character. I love how intelligent she is and how dynamic she is. Her heart is so pure, and she is an excellent leading lady.

I loved all of the elements in this book. The wedding planning, the secrets, the levels of characters. It was all so well done, and it was easy to see how overwhelmed Aoife felt.

I loved the Irish names in this book, I probably mispronounced them all over my head, but they were beautiful. I loved that Orla was such a prominent character in this book; I like her a lot.

I wish we had gotten to the wedding; after everything that happened, that would have been a fantastic ending. But I am so pleased with how this book played out.

I was wrong in how I thought things would play out; I fell for the distractions hard, so as the truth gets revealed, my jaw hit the floor. I love how Val tells a story, and I love being so invested in this cast of characters.

I have enjoyed this series from the start. I am already anxiously awaiting the next book!

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