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Deep Fear

(DI Kelly Porter #2)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  1,310 ratings  ·  86 reviews
DI Kelly Porter is back. But will this new case push her beyond her limits?

On a peaceful summer's morning in the Lake District, a woman's body is discovered outside a church. She's been murdered and a brutal, symbolic act performed on her corpse. DI Kelly Porter is in charge of the team investigating the crime, and is determined to bring the killer to justice. But as mor
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published May 14th 2018 by Canelo
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Alexandra White I agree, that was my puzzle too at the end of the book - like you Caroline I re-read the last few chapters too and it wasn't mentioned. I've just…moreI agree, that was my puzzle too at the end of the book - like you Caroline I re-read the last few chapters too and it wasn't mentioned. I've just finished the third book (which was brilliant!) but there was no mention - I would love to know!(less)
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Whispering Stories
Book Reviewed by Stacey on

Rachel Lynch returns with her second book in the DI Kelly Porter series set in the Lake District.

This time Detective Inspector Kelly Porter is on the case of a serial killer who is murdering people because of bad things that they have done in their lives. He is also placing their bodies in different areas of the Lake District with certain parts missing and a note inside each body quoting lines of poetry.

The first victim is found in a gr
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deep Fear is the second book in the DI Kelly Porter series. The story starts when an elderly man walking his dog, discovers the naked and brutal mutilated body of Moira Tate in the church grave yard. DI Kelly Porter leads the investigation. At first they think that it’s a robbery gone wrong but, she still wearing her jewellery. After trying to discover more clues to what happened to her, other bodies turn up. So we that knowledge and Kelly’s experience with the Met Police Kelly knows that she ha ...more
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 2nd book in the Kelly Porter series by author Rachel Lynch. Detective Inspector Kelly Porter is based in the Lake District after moving from London following the break up with her ex.
A murdered woman's body is found outside a church and a brutal, symbolic act performed on her corpse. DI Kelly Porter is put in charge of the team investigating the crime and tasked to find the killer. More deaths follow and it becomes obvious that this is the work of a seriously disturbed killer.<
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kobo, series, books-i-own
Oh my! While I wasn't so sure about DI Kelly Porter after book one, she's definitely captured my attention now. As the DI struggles with her mother's cancer diagnosis and tries to stop fighting her sister on everything, Porter and her team have a new case and there definitely isn't a shortage of suspects. A thrilling read from beginning to end!
We meet up again with DI Kelly Porter as she is tasked with a murder investigation. A well-to-do, middle-aged woman is found dead in a churchyard. Naked, mutilated, and staged, it is clear that the woman is the victim of homicide. Mere days later, Kelly lands another murder investigation. This time the victim is a young, poor, and drug addicted teenager. She was left in a remote area of the Lakes in Aira Force.

Certain aspects of the cases link them incontrovertibly. Kelly, her newly
Elaine Tomasso
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Canelo for an advance copy of Deep Fear, the second novel set in the Lake District to feature DI Kelly Porter.

When Moira Tate's naked body is found in a country graveyard the ritual aspects of the murder make DI Kelly Porter suspect that there is a potential serial killer in the area. This is confirmed as more bodies are discovered.

I thoroughly enjoyed Deep Fear which is the straightforward hunt for a serial killer. Obviously the hunt i
Action packed and utterly gripping police procedural.

"And much it grieved my heart to think, what man has made of man."

In this second thriller featuring Detective Inspector Kelly Porter of the Cumbria Constabulary, a serial killer uses The Lake District in the United Kingdom as a dumping ground. This is not the typical psychopath but a fiendishly clever tormentor who leaves handwritten poems with the bodies and is thought to be engaged in "punishing" the victims. The vict
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

This second book in the series was a most intriguing mystery. A naked woman's body is discovered in a church graveyard. She has been brutally murdered and mutilated. The posing of the body and at the presence of a snippet of poetry give lead detectives reason to think there are ritual aspects to this killing. DI Kelly Porter's team start to investigate but before any progress is made another body is found. This time a young drug addict who has also been sexually abused. The
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars

DI Kelly Porter late of the Met responds to a call of a dead body in a grave yard outside a church. The woman appears to be in her fifties, is naked and brutalized. She is still wearing expensive jewelry, so it is not a case of robbery. Kelly fears they may have a serial killer on their hands, as the killer didn’t get this expert without leaving a trail of bodies somewhere. Later killings bear out her suspicions.

Kelly is almost hyperactive in her work; she jiggles, can’t seem
This was the second book in this series. It takes place in the beautiful Lake District of England that I wasn't even aware of. We are back with DI Kelly Porter as she attempts to solve the murder of a woman who has been left in a beautiful location with poetry within her body to symbolize why she was killed. It was a good read and I did want to find out who the killer was but I'm not sure that I loved the writing style enough to continues with this series. Plus the ending?
Despite the serial killer, this book really made me want to visit the Lake District, it sounds absolutely beautiful.

I was thrown a bit by this book, I kind of assumed the story would continue somewhat with what happened in the last book, it seemed like that wasn't quite finished. And like the last book, I have unanswered questions. Not major loose ends, but it feels a little unfinished (like the person of interest who disappeared along with their entire family, what happened?).

Samantha Grubey (ABookHaven)
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 2019
I'd like to thank Canelo for sending me an e-arc of this also this review is up way late... My bad

It was interesting to see how the detective process is done and I enjoyed how they worked as a team and how they distributed tasks between each other. These books kind of remind me of Criminal Minds. I loved how the characters that appeared blending nicely into the story.

I loved reading about Kelly and her family but also how the family was blending into the plot and how some things cro
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the first book featuring Kelly Porter so I was delighted to get hold of the next book in the series. It is always with a bit of apprehension that I start reading the second in series, but I needn't have worried. This is every bit as good as the first- if not slightly better.

As Summer approaches the Lake District is hoaching with tourists. A woman's body is found in an old churchyard. Her body has been mutilated and the lines of a poem are found on(or should that be i
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thriller
A very worthy follow-up to Dark Game, the 1st Detective Kelly Porter novel.

This book is a 'police procedural plus', and follows Kelly Porter and her team as they try to track down a serial killer in Cumbria. As with the first book, both the beautiful scenery of the Lake District and Kelly's family / personal life play a large part in the narrative. Again, there is no holding back on the descriptions of death and mutilation of the victims, who have each had a hand-written poetry quote
Pat Simpson
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the first book in this series featuring DI Kelly Porter and found this even better. I love the Lake District setting as I have visited there many times so can picture the places described.
A naked and mutilated body of a woman is found in a graveyard. Whilst Kelly is involved with this murder, more bodies turn up. So there is a serial killer about who she nicknames ‘the teacher’ as he leaves verses of poetry on the bodies. We also see more of Kelly’s relationship with her s
Colette Lamberth
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wonder if anyone can read these books without being left with the desire to visit the Lake District? In this second outing for DI Kelly Porter she is leading the hunt for a serial killer with an unusual MO. Her personal life has its challenges too and you definitely feel the push and pull of her work life balance. I won’t say too much about the killer but I definitely didn’t work it out. I trust that Detective Porter (as she repeatedly refers to herself) will be back for another instalment as ...more
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. Thanks NetGalley
A really good book. Well written with interesting characters and a gripping storyline. Looking forward to reading the next one in the series

The only thing I found odd is that the lead character refers to herself as Detective Porter not Detective Inspector Porter as in every other police procedural I have read.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to follow soon
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the series featuring DI Kelly Porter. I haven’t read the first book in the series yet but this didn’t really matter as it works perfectly well as a standalone book. I absolutely LOVED reading ‘Deep Fear’ but more about that in a bit.
DI Kelly Porter is one feisty and determined lady. It’s obvious that something has happened in her past, which affected her deeply and it still affects her to this day. It isn’t immediately obvious as to what has happened but little c
This book was received from the publisher in return for an honest review

At the beginning of the year the first book in the DI Porter series was released by Canelo and I was lucky enough to be on the blog tour for it. I really fell in love with DI Kelly Porter so I cannot begin to explain how excited I was when I saw Deep Fear appear on Netgalley!

Following an early morning swim Conrad Walker heads for the local village church to spend a moment at his wife’s grave as he doe
Sophie Eminson
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rachel Lynch is a fascinatingly great crime writer. She understands the rules of the genre and how to break them to turn an average crime series into something interesting and different. Deep Fear, while not following Dark Game in its complete 180 from generic crime structure, struck me as unique in its form; Lynch has written a typical crime novel with some great elements to make it spectacular and almost beautiful in ways.

The Story
We are back with DI Kelly Porter as she attem

With thanks to Netgalley and Canelo for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.

DI Kelly Porter is called to the murder of a Moira Tait found in the grounds of a church. Moira had been viciously attacked, the tips of her fingers sliced off. There was a poem by Shelley under her body and a roll of bank notes between her legs. Moira was not a nice woman and caused her husband to be estranged from his grown up children. At the time of her murder she was having an affair with
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the naked body of a woman is found near a Lake District church, DI Kelly Porter immediately senses that the killing seemed personal and that the perpetrator had a particular grudge. When another body is found, however, she realises that there is much more to it and that there is a serial killer on her patch. With quotes from the Lakes poets being left with the bodies, the police know that they are dealing with a particularly disturbed individual who must be stopped before the body count con ...more
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sally Aquire
I received a digital ARC of #DeepFear from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I will start off by saying that this book has very detailed and graphic descriptions of tortured dead bodies, injuries inflicted to them, and autopsies being carried out. If you can't handle graphic things like this then this won't be the book for you. I only just managed it! You can't skim past these parts as they are all the way through the book (each time a body is discovered). They are vital to
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second thrilling installment for DI Kelly Porter and is just as exciting as the first.  When a spate of gruesome murders take place with a very unique calling card, it is up to DI Porter and her team to track down the culprit and prevent them from striking again.  When someone close to Kelly becomes the possible next victim it is a race against time, time Kelly does not have.  

Following on a few months after "Dark Game", Kelly and her team have just settled back to normal
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DI Kelly Porter is back. But will this new case push her beyond her limits? Deep Fear is the second in this series and, much like the first instalment, Dark Game it is a brilliant rollercoaster of a story following Kelly and her team on the case of local serial killer.
The first body to appear is left naked in a churchyard and as soon as Kelly lays eyes on the body, she knows that this is not a straightforward murder case. The attack seems personal with the killer appearing to be trying to
Jane Hunt
I read and reviewed the first book in the DI Kelly Porter series - Dark Game, and while I enjoyed it, for me, it was overly graphic and too factual, in parts. Deep Fear, the second book in the series has retained the action, pace and suspense of the first, while losing some of the gore and facts, making it a perfect 5* read.

Kelly Porter is a dedicated police detective, it is part of her life, and she often sacrifices personal matters for the job. Kelly's complicated relationship with
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it
You May Wish To Skip the Epilogue

This is the second book in the Kelly Porter series, and although I skipped the first book, I didn’t have problems reading “Deep Fear.” I especially enjoyed the picturesque setting of the Lakes District. The primary characters are likable, except for the ones readers are not meant to empathize with. Most police procedurals have family drama, but the protagonist was overly-involved in many unsisterly, melodramatic interactions.

This is probably a Kindle formatting
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the DI Kelly Parker series. The first one was brilliant, and so is this one. The setting is in the Lake District - my old stamping ground growing up with rambling, boating and rock mountaineering in Borrowdale and a team member of the rescue squad. A winter picture of Wastwater on a mobile screen. WOW! SO envious! My favourite, moody, sinister-looking place. Thank you for those memories. What makes the book stand out for me as well as nostalgia is the detail and all th ...more
Helle Brown
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this second book in the series of DI Kelly Porter. The story takes place in the Lake District which I have become so familiar with from this and other books that I feel at home there. While assigned to a major case of what turns out to be a case of a serial killer, Kelly also is taking care of her sick mother who is dying of cancer. Her relationship with her sister Nikki is rapidly deteriorating with the sisters constantly bickering over who should do what for their mom. The ...more
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Rachel Lynch grew up in Cumbria and the lakes and fells are never far away from her. London pulled her away to teach History and marry an Army Officer, whom she followed around the globe for thirteen years.

A change of career after children led to personal training and sports therapy, but writing was always the overwhelming force driving the future. The human capacity for compassion as

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