From Amazon: For Nicola Mills, approaching middle age doesn’t seem so bad as she enjoys the settled, ordered life she has always dreamed of. Cracks start to appear, however, with the arrival of her mother, whose chaotic life threatens to overshadow Nicola’s routine. Life becomes even more uncertain when she loses her job but, encouraged by her friend Lizzie, Nicola embraces the opportunity to follow her dream and opens a seafront cafe. Fate it seems has other ideas though and, when one of her of her employees goes missing, Nicola is thrown into a dangerous world of crime and murder, which leaves her dreams in tatters.
Dare To Lose, is a novel about friendship, loyalty and strength in the face of adversity. By losing everything, will Nicola finally be able to live?
I love a book that you can lose yourself in and identify with the characters, and this definitely falls into that category. Right from the start I found myself getting angry with other characters on Nicola’s behalf, a sure sign that my mind is lost in the story and a good sign that the writer has achieved their goal of creating a convincing world for the reader.
This is a gritty story of an ordinary woman drawn into a world of crime and forced to watch her life spiralling out of control, whilst trying to keep things together. It never loses sight of what really matters though, that through everything the friendships and love these people have for each other must survive.
This is the first E.L. Lindley book I have read but it certainly won’t be my last. A great read.