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Something to Hide by Elizabeth George
Narrator: Simon Vance
Series: Inspector Lynley #21
Published by Penguin Audio on January 11, 2022
Length: 21 hours, 28 minutes
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When a police detective is taken off life support after falling into a coma, only an autopsy reveals the murderous act that precipitated her death. She'd been working on a special task force within North London's Nigerian community, and Acting Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley is assigned to the case, which has far-reaching cultural associations that have nothing to do with life as he knows it. In his pursuit of a killer determined to remain hidden, he's assisted by Detective Sergeants Barbara Havers and Winston Nkata. They must sort through the lies and the secret lives of people whose superficial cooperation masks the damage they do to one another.
It was so good to get back to the Inspector Lynley series which I started nearly 30 years ago. I’ve mostly read them but I’ve listened to the last few. The narrators are exceptional and Simon Vance does well with Something to Hide.
I had a bit of trouble with the very start when all the various plot layers were being introduced but without connection yet. In fact, Lynley, Havers or Nkata, none of the team showed up until the second chapter and then it was off and running. There are two mysteries we follow, one is a murder mystery but the other is a cultural abuse within a family which is hard to read.
The murder mystery is wide open with far too many suspects. The victim is a cop. The husband, the sister, the lover’s wife are all possibilities. The team sifts through the facts gathering, confirming, verifying and working to understand. There are a lot of motives but the right one must be found.
The family with abuse is a more suspenseful storyline. It particularly had me on edge because we are talking about a child. We see the values and actions of the father, mother, son and daughter. There is much conflict and difference of preferences.
The other aspect, not to be overlooked are all the personal lives of the team members. I don’t like Lynley’s current lady so that part bored me. Dee is trying once again to get Havers to date which is sadly hilarious. Nkata seemed much more active in these investigations, perhaps partly because he is black and so are many of the people in both investigations.
The characters are so well developed they seem like real people to me. Of course, I have the advantage of longevity and history with the regulars. But the new ones in these investigations are also so realistic.
There were plenty of layers and twists I didn’t see coming. Other than the first chapter, I was fully engaged but mostly clueless all along. The team is so compassionate, even when some of the people they interview are horrible. I love watching how they pull together the oddest bits and manage to figure things out. I’ll keep reading as long as there are books available.
Simon Vance is a favorite narrator of mine. He did so well with all the voices and it was such a pleasure to listen. Each character sounds just as I have come to recognize and enjoy. I listened at 1.25x speed.
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