Daily Review: Visiting Lilly by Toni Allen
July 3, 2018
Is Frankie delusional or has he really created a machine that will let him visit the past? Suspense, nostalgia, and a touch of romance.
Why should a man at a Surrey police station go ballistic because someone tries to visit Lilly, his elderly grandmother?
Detective Inspector Jake Talbot is intrigued, and this little puzzle might serve to distract him from sorrows of a Christmas past.
Soon he is entangled with Frankie, an odd young man who claims to have met Lilly in her youth. Talbot dismisses the notion of time travel but then discovers the Ministry of Defence has been monitoring Frankie since his friend disappeared ten years previously.
Forced to work with the MOD, Talbot unearths family secrets and betrayals. The families act ruthlessly to prevent him from discovering the facts, colluding to ruin him.
If Frankie is innocent, Talbot won’t let him be victimized. An uneasy understanding grows between them as they follow the evidence, for only the truth will allow Frankie to visit Lilly.
When DI Jake Talbot learns there’s a complaint against a young man for simply attempting to visit an elderly nursing home resident, he’s intrigued. Why would Peter Charteris be so opposed to allowing Frankie Hayward to visit his elderly grandmother, Lilly?
Jake Talbot soon finds there’s much more to the story than what appears on the surface. He’s thrust into the middle of a case that involves secrets, betrayal, and quite possibly murder. Can he get to the bottom of it all before it’s too late for Lilly?
This book reminds me a little of some of the BBC detective shows I like so much. I enjoyed the story and the characters. Jake Talbot is likable and charming, with the right amount of faults and weaknesses to make him believable and appealing.
I’m not sure what to think about the astral time travel aspects of this book. They certainly were intriguing, yet not to the point where I was able to believe it could be possible. There’s plenty of suspense, twists and turns to keep readers involved and reading until the end.
I enjoyed the author’s writing style. It’s engaging, descriptive and intelligent. I’d definitely read more of her work.
By Jennifer L. Rupp
Crime fiction writer Toni Allen serves up a juicy mystery on the very first page of Visiting Lilly, and like her Detective Inspector Jake Talbot, you won’t want to let go until it’s solved. Allen creates gritty, multidimensional characters caught up in paranormal situations.
Is Frankie delusional or has he really created a machine that will let him visit the past? Suspense, nostalgia, a touch of romance, and a dash of telekinesis,
Visiting Lilly will be a favorite with both mystery and paranormal readers. Download a copy and find out why Frankie needs to see Lilly.
By Kindle Customer
Time travel in a whole different light than most time travel novels. But that is the basic premise of this story. Throw in a missing person, possibly a murder victim or maybe trapped in another time.
Someone has to unravel the mysteries and this author has presented the story in such a way that the reader feels involved, feels like actually being a part of the story and trying to solve the crime.
Keeps the reader on the edge of your seat all the way to the end of the last page.
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