Monday 4 March 2024

Little Witness (DI Tessa Burns Book 1) Audiobook by S.A. Dunphy Narrated by Melanie MacHugh



They came in the dark. They took her parents. And now she is the only one who can save them.

Hidden away in an isolated cabin on the edge of her farm, seven-year-old Aisling Connolly shivers as the cold night air whistles through her thin jacket. It’s been two days since the men came, since her mammy told her to run like she’d never run before, to not look back. She hasn’t seen her parents since. And she’s terrified.

But when Aisling is finally found by the police, she knows instinctively she can trust Detective Tessa Burns. A former child-witness herself, Tessa understands what Aisling has been through, and that Aisling must remember everything she can about that terrible, dark night if she’s to save her parents. Something Tessa was unable to do for her own parents all those years ago.

As the little girl slowly starts to open up, Tessa uncovers much more than she’d bargained for – another murder, clearly a horrific warning to Aisling not to speak. But time is running out, and any hope of finding Aisling’s parents alive is rapidly fading. And Tessa must do everything in her power to ensure the little girl isn’t next…

An utterly gripping Irish police procedural filled with unexpected twists. Perfect for fans of Peter May, Lisa Regan, and Patricia Gibney.

A fantastic crime novel set in Ireland and the first in a new series.
Tessa, Maggie and Danny make an unusual but dynamic and memorable team. I was really invested in this found family and their experiences while working on the case.
Pavlov the dog was an inspired addition to the team and adorable.
The story opens with a very tense and emotional scene from Tessa's childhood. I dreaded reading what was clearly going to happen to Tessa's parents.
Fast forward to the present time and Aisling is living out a similar experience with her parent's kidnapping but is luckily under the protection of Tessa's team and Pavlov.
This is a very twisty and suspenseful read. I was on tenterhooks a lot of time but especially in the scene where the kidnappers take Maggie by surprise and a resourceful Aisling has to save herself. I have never cheered on a fictional child or a dog so much as I did here.
This was an exciting, page-turner of a book. The audio version was performed wonderfully and elevated my experience of the drama and nail-biting scenes.

Little Witness is available now Audible

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