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Critical Incidents

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  55 reviews
A gripping literary thriller and the first of a new crime series, from the bestselling author of Before We Met

Detective Inspector Robin Lyons is going home.

Dismissed for misconduct from the Met’s Homicide Command after refusing to follow orders, unable to pay her bills (or hold down a relationship), she has no choice but to take her teenage daughter Lennie and move back in
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 4th 2019 by Fourth Estate
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Louise Wilson
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Dismissed for misconduct from the Met's Homicide Command after refusing to follow orders, Robin had no choice but to take her teenage daughter Lennie and move back in with her parents. Robin now works as a benefit-fraud investigator. It's only her best friend Corinna that seems happy to see Robin back. But when Corinna's family is engulfed by violence and her missing husband becomes a murder suspect, Robin can't stand idly by while the police investigate.

There are a lot of characters in this boo
Mandy White
Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Critical Incidents by Lucie Whitehouse was a book that I was really looking forward to, unfortunately it fell a bit flat for me. It is the first book by this writer that I have heard a lot about. I loved the sound of the story but found it hard to keep track of so many different characters and timelines. It was a bit slow in parts and I struggled to stay with it even though It was a great story overall.

DI Robin Lyons has been suspended from the Met for refusing to follow orders and has to move b
This book did not engage me in any way. There are far too many characters who are really difficult to keep track of. I would find myself staring into the distance trying to remember who was who, and where they were coming into things.

There are at least 3 different plotlines (there may be more that I lost through the confusion) and this didn’t help with my struggle to figure things out.

Oh, and it dragged.

I think, I would say that I probably enjoyed the last 13% but again, things were resolved
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This is a powerhouse of a novel!

It took me a little while to get into, due to what felt like a lot of character names to get to grips with, but once I did I was completely hooked!

DI Robin Lyons is a brilliant character who I really warmed to. She makes mistakes and has flaws, which makes her so much more human and personable. She also stands up for what she believes in - to start with, she's been suspended from the Met for refusing to follow orders from her bos
After refusing to arrest a known criminal for a murder she believes he didn’t commit, Robin is sacked from her position as head of homicide at the Met (pending an appeal). Broke, she agrees to go to work for an old family friend, Maggie, who runs a private investigation company specialising in insurance fraud in Birmingham. Robin, and her 13 year old daughter, also moves back in with her parents for the duration.

Robin is also hitting some low points when it comes to her personal life. She and he
Jenna Morrison
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, netgalley
The first in a new detective series by Lucie Whitehouse, this story starts as Robin returns home to her parent’s house in Birmingham after being let go by the Met when she refused to arrest someone she didn’t believe was guilty. Robin starts working for family friend Maggie, who happens to be a Private Investigator.

As Robin is working on 2 current cases, plus the original case in London, there are a lot of characters to keep track of, but once you have got your head round who is who, the story
Vix Standen
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
To begin with, I was a bit overwhelmed by the host of characters, but they all played a crucial part in what turned out to be a really brilliant crime drama. I hope it’s the first of many in a series - I’d love to hear more from Robin & co. A welcome return for Lucie Whitehouse - hope she doesn’t leave it so long next time!
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I need more. Oh gosh do I need more. That last page? How could you just leave it there! Argh! Thankfully this looks like the beginning of a series and I think I'll really enjoy reading onwards.

That said, the book is definitely a bit of a slow-burn read. I found I had to stick a post-it note on the case of my Kindle and write characters down as I went to try to keep everyone straight as there were 3 different ca
Claire lang
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took a little bit to get into this book but once you get past the laying the story down it picked up and I really enjoyed it. It made a nice change to the usual set up. I would recommend this book and stick with it it's worth it. Thanks to NetGalley author and publisher for my arc copy x
Claire lang
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book it was ease to read the first part of setting the scene was a little long winded but you needed it. Once it start to move at a faster pace I really enjoyed this.
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Detective Inspector Robin Lyons is dismissed from her job in London and has no choice but to return home to Birmingham. There she accepts a job helping a family friend, Maggie, with her private detective business. However Robin ends up investigating another case when her best friend Corinna is found dead in her home, and her husband missing.

It took me a little while to get into this, but once I did I was hooked! At the beginning I felt it was a bit difficult to remember who all the characters we
Grace J Reviewerlady
This is a novel with plenty going to keep the reader's attention glued to the pages, and there's no doubt in my mind that it's going to be an exciting series to follow!

Having been fired from her job with the Met, single parent Robin Lyons is forced to return to live with her parents, teenage daughter in tow. Whilst it's not ideal as Robin and her mother have always had a fraught relationship, it's a roof over their heads whilst she gets her act together. Working as a fraud investigator, Robin fi
Mary Lou
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-thrillers
When Robin Lyons loses her job in the Met, she is forced to give up her London flat and move home to her parents in Birmingham. Returning, now with a teenage daughter of her own, to the tense atmosphere she abandoned for college life fifteen years ago is almost impossible to bear.
It helps when a family friend gives her temporary work as a PI, but things get complicated when the sudden death of an old friend comes under investigation by the local police.
I liked the gothic tension in The Bed I Ma
Kate Ashton
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Suspended from the Met for misconduct and with no job or income, DI Robin Lyons returns to her parent’s home in Birmingham with her teenage daughter. A family friend offers her some temporary work as a private investigator, where she starts looking into the disappearance of a young woman, but she struggles with her somewhat dysfunctional family and her uncertain future. At least Corinna is up here, her much-loved best friend since schooldays. Or at least Corinna is there until she isn’t … as vio ...more
Roman Clodia
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
I've enjoyed Whitehouse before but for an established author this feels messy and unpaced, as if it's still at draft stage and needs polishing and finalising.

There's too much of Robin's messy personal life for my taste, both her long and short-term past history and her own secrets and connection to the central crime. Things are slow, slow, slow, then there's a flurry of revelations at the end.

The thing is, there are so many police series out there now with a female protagonist and a messy pers
Marie (UK)
Thank you to net galley for the ARC copy of this book. I struggled with this book there were too many different things going on in the first half. Characters I couldn't fix in place and movement in the narrative that made no sense. If anyone asked me to tell me what the book was about I would not have been able to say. It was not a book that i wanted to read just wanted to finish. However it did improve in the second half as the author brought the threads together. Robin is a women with a proble ...more
Katharine Johnson
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a big fan of Lucie Whitehouse’s writing I was delighted to get the chance to read this book. While it’s different from her domestic noir stories, it’s a compelling read and a strong start to a police series.
The characters are vividly drawn, multi-faceted and believable, especially Robin who is flawed, determined, principled and likeable. The story was cleverly structured with twists and turns, and kept me guessing. I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good police drama. My thanks to the p
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Disgraced and dismissed cop, Robin, is forced to return home, with her thirteen year old daughter, to live with her parents in Birmingham. She takes on some private investigator work with Maggie, a friend of the family. It is mostly fraud work but occasionally involves missing persons. Robin is side-tracked from this work when her best friend, Corinna is murdered. The police are convinced that Corinna’s husband is responsible; Robin is not and sets out to investigate for herself, putting at risk ...more
Jacqueline Murphy
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
The first instalment in the Det Robin Lyons series and a good kick start to a very well thought out police procedural mystery, after being fire from her position heading up Homicide in the Met in London, Robin moves with her daughter Lennie back to her parents house in Birmingham. She is given a trial job with her mother's friend who is a private investigator, a step down but she needs the money being a single parent! Things start to go downhill the day after arriving home with the death/murder ...more
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars from me

I really felt for Lennie throughout this book – what a great kid!

Robin is her own worst enemy, she never quite knows when enough is enough, when to rely on other people and when to keep her mouth shut! But she pays one hell of a price for her actions and so does poor Lennie.

I thought Critical Incidents was a really solid 4 – the blend of investigations, intrigue and characterisation was spot on and the humiliation of being back in her childhood bedroom was tangible.

The storyline a
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My thanks to HarperCollins U.K./4th Estate for an eARC via NetGalley of Lucie Whitehouse’s ‘Critical Incidents’ in exchange for an honest review.

Following her dismissal from the Met for refusing to follow orders, DI Robin Lyons finds herself in a precarious financial position. So along with her 13-year old daughter, Lennie, she is returning to Birmingham and moving in with her parents even though her relationship with her mother has always been stormy.

She takes a job with a private investigator
Fay Flude
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic read courtesy of NetGalley and Fourth Estate. This is a crime thriller with a difference. It has a much more 'domestic' feel to it rather than a police procedural novel. The book is all about love and relationships as well as being an investigation into seemingly unrelated incidents which the reader discovers later do actually connect. The book introduces 35 year old DI Robin Lyons, disgraced maverick cop from The Met who ends up in Birmingham, her home town, living with her pa ...more
Sandra Leivesley
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I have read by Lucie Whitehouse and it appears to be the first in a new series about ex detective DI Robin Lyons who has been dismissed from the Met for misconduct and so has no option but to move, with her 13 year old daughter, back to Birmingham to live with her parents. She gets a job as a private investigator with her mother’s friend. But the same day that she returns she finds out that her best friend has died in a house fire and her husband, who has disappeared, is t ...more
Jacob Collins
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Critical Incidents is a strong start to a new crime series by Lucie Whitehouse featuring former detective inspector Robin Lyons, whose backstory really pulled me into this story. I absolutely loved Lucie’s writing which was very immersive, if you enjoy crime fiction with a literary edge, then this is a book for you.

As I mentioned at the start, I was really intrigued by Robin’s backstory. She has recently been dismissed from the Metropolitan police in for misconduct and is back in her hometown an
This is the first book that I have read by Lucie Whitehouse. I will start by giving my thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins 4th Estate for a copy in exchange for this review.

In all honesty, I nearly gave up during the first couple of chapters.

Now, half a dozen chapters in, I am becoming intrigued. Lucie Whitehouse is developing a set of well crafted characters and the style of the writing includes some humorous lines.

As the book progressed, the plot certainly thickened. By the end of the nov
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was engrossed in this story and delighted to learn that there are more books about Robin Lyons to follow. She is a complex character; flawed but loyal, with a strong moral compass that gets her into trouble for not following orders in her job at the Met. Disgraced, she has to abandon London and move back in to her childhood home in Birmingham, sharing a room with her teenage daughter. She gets thrown a lifeline of a job as a PI, but events in her own life take a sinister turn and grief and det ...more
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
I've enjoyed Lucie Whitehouse's previous psychological thrillers, especially The Bed I Made and Before We Met, but this police procedural, the first in a series, fell flat for me. The three intertwined storylines made the plot over-complicated, and the pace is off; the first two-thirds drag, while the resolutions all seem to come too quickly. The central protagonist, Robin, failed to win me over, and I struggled to keep track of the large, undifferentiated cast. At a structural level, the scene ...more
Lynn McCrum
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the third book I have read by this author and I have enjoyed each of them.

Robin Lyons and her daughter Lennie are on there way back to Robyn's childhood home in Birmingham where Robin has a fractious relationship with her mother. Newly unemployed, after making a wrong decision at work back in London where was a Detective Inspector in the Met, Robyn has a job working with an old friend of the family's, working to unveil benefit cheats. When her best friend's house goes on fire, the police
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This novel makes for an interesting start to a new series. I was disappointed by this novel as I've looked forward to it as it's in my favourite genre. It might be more suitable for younger readers than me. The relationship between the characters in the first chapter was confusing at first, but they were a diverse, lively group of characters. There's an unusual style of writing which is similar to note-taking with its staccato sentences or listening to someone gabbling rapidly in a disjointed fa ...more
Claire Watson
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. It was billed as a gripping thriller but I just didn’t find that.

There were a lot of characters and seemed to be a lot going on so it felt slightly overwhelming and confusing at times. The main character was not likeable at all and the book seemed to jump between present and past without any clear differentiation. I persevered with the book bit found that it lacked pace. Sorry but this book wasn’t for me.

Thank you to NetGalley, Harper Collins UK and the author
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Lucie Whitehouse was born in the Cotswolds in 1975 and grew up in Warwickshire. She studied Classics at Oxford University and then began a career in publishing while spending evenings, weekends and holidays working on the book that would eventually become THE HOUSE AT MIDNIGHT.

Having married in 2011, she now divides her time between the UK and Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband. She writes