Harm’s Reach by Alex Barclay {Book Review}

This book was sent to me by a friend a few years ago, and as with most of the books, it took a seat on the bookshelf, gathering dust.

I finally marked it off my TBR last year, and while it wasn’t one of the best books I read in 2021, it turned out to be a good one either way.

I like books that have a reality angle to them, and this one has a character that has mental health problems and needs to deal with difficult situations while still dealing with her own inner struggles.

Reality deluxe.

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

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FBI Agent Ren Bryce is caught between two seemingly unrelated cases, but it seems the past has found its way into the present.

Solving one case becomes personal to her upon discovering the body of a young woman in an abandoned car. As she starts putting the pieces of the puzzle together, all she’s left with are more questions.

Working with cold case investigator, Janine Hooks, they realise that the young woman may be linked to a 50 year old case. How are the two linked and what secrets does a family need to hide, no matter the cost?


The main characters are such a fantastic duo. The dialog is snappy and wonderful, and easy to follow.

There’s a sense of reality constantly overhead with Ren being bipolar and being on medication, and you get to experience her up and down moments.

Ren’s interactions and conversations with others gives you a good insight into her character. Her inner dialogue is the most intriguing of all.

Janine also has her set of issues but I’m not too familiar with them, not having read the first three books in the series. I don’t know much of her story to understand her better.

The cold case was definitely an interesting read and I always feel a jolt of excitement when there’s a possibility of one being solved, after years of being forgotten.

The different pieces of the puzzle felt together with ease, and it was well-written with past and present events coming together.


While this book has a continuous serious emotion theme, the humor scattered all over was tasteful.

Some parts of the book were confusing but eventually straightened out with context.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 3.67 on GoodReads. I gave it a 4.

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