Review: No Name Lane by Howard Linskey

No Name Lane - Howard Linskey

Publication Date: 12th March 2015


Publisher: Penguin Random House


ISBN: 9780718180324


Source: Real Readers


Rating: 4½/5




Young girls are bring abducted and murdered in the North-East. Out of favour Detective Constable Ian Bradshaw struggles to find any leads - and fears that the only thing this investigation will unravel is himself.


Journalist Tom Carney is suspended by his London tabloid and returns to his home village in County Durham. Helen Norton is the reporter who replaced Tom on the local newspaper. Together, they are drawn into the case...


When a body is found, it's not the latest victim but a decades-old corpse. Secrets buried for years are waiting to be found, while in the present-day an unstoppable killer continues to evade justice.




As a lover of crime thrillers, an ARC of No Name Lane coming through my letterbox just about made my day, even though I had no prior experience of the author's work.

My interest piqued on reading the synopsis - this book promised suspense in bucketloads alongside some interesting characters. With high hopes, I settled down to read...


The fact that I read this novel in three sittings, broken only by sleep and unavoidable chores, speaks for itself. DC Ian Bradshaw is fantastic, journalists Tom and Helen have great chemistry, all three main characters work well together. They are believable and likeable, despite their flaws. If anything, this makes them more human. 


The case is so compelling. I was desperate to discover the identity of the corpse and find out their story. There are twists and turns that I didn't see coming and a real 'Whhaaat?!' moment. This may have been my first Howard Linskey read, but it definitely won't be my last!