Sunday 12 July 2020

#BlogTour Lost by Leona Deakin

Today it's a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour Lost by Leona Deakin, it's the second book in the Dr Bloom series.
About the Author
Leona draws inspiration for her writing from her own experiences having started her career as a psychologist with the West Yorkshire Police and her successful work in psychology since. Leona was part of a team responsible for designing methods of selection for recruiting and promoting officers from PC to Chief Superintendent. Her role was to create realistic policing scenarios - from personnel issues to large scale incidents (plane crash, terrorist bomb etc) – that could be used to test leadership skills. To do this she spent a great deal of time interviewing and observing officers at various ranks and reviewing cases. This gave Leona an insight into the police culture that helps her to write authentic character interactions in her novels. Leona is now an occupational psychologist and lives with her family in Leeds.

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About the book
In the second compelling thriller from Leona Deakin, Dr Bloom returns to solve another mystery. But how can she solve the crime when the victim can’t remember anything?

There is an explosion at a military ball. The casualties are rushed to hospital in eight ambulances, but only seven vehicles arrive. Captain Harry Peterson is missing.
His girlfriend calls upon her old friend Dr Augusta Bloom, who rushes to support the investigation. But no one can work out what connects the bomb and the disappearance. When Harry is eventually discovered three days later, they hope he holds the answers to their questions. But he can’t remember a single thing.

This is the second book in the Dr Bloom series and although both books can be read as standalone novels I do think reading the first gives readers a better insight into the connections between the characters. In particular the strange one between Bloom and Seraphine.

In this book Bloom is asked to help a man regain his memories after he is caught up in a bombing and disappears soon after the event.

I enjoyed the interaction between Bloom and Seraphine in the first book in the series, Gone. I think Deakin has made the right decision to follow that particular storyline and flesh it out more.

Indeed instead of a Jameson and Bloom combo, it's much more intriguing to have Bloom interact with Seraphine, despite the fact we know she has certain traits that make her different from others. Being curious about what happens when she takes a path that offers multiple choices. Bloom is aware of that however and feels it's safer to keep her close than out of sight, which would make her an invisible threat.

Deakin does her research, which adds an air of authenticity to certain elements of the read, even if others take on a fictional stretched atmosphere of their own.

I'm looking forward to reading where Deakin takes this dysfunctional duo, there are certainly enough journeys to take them on.

Will Seraphine always be Bloom's Moriarty - waiting patiently in the shadows and only appearing when it suits her own narrative?

Buy Lost (Dr Bloom #2) at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Transworld Digital; pub date 9 July 2020. Paperback  pub date 29th October 2020 | £7.99 | Black Swan. Buy at Amazon com.

Read my review of Gone (Dr Bloom #1) by Leona Deakin.

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