Review: Ask No Questions by Claire Allan

Not all secrets are meant to come out…

Twenty-five years ago, on Halloween night, eight-year-old Kelly Doherty went missing while out trick or treating with friends.

Her body was found three days later, floating face down, on the banks of the Creggan Reservoir by two of her young classmates.

It was a crime that rocked Derry to the core. Journalist Ingrid Devlin is investigating – but someone doesn’t want her to know the truth. As she digs further, Ingrid starts to realise that the Doherty family are not as they seem. But will she expose what really happened that night before it’s too late?


I have always had an interest in investigative journalism though I am not usually a fan of some of the stunts that some journalists will pull in search of a story. Kelly was only 8 years old when her body was discovered in a reservoir. An arrest was quickly made and justice seemed to have been served swiftly. However, 25 years later, the man accused of this murder is once again claiming to be innocent. As Kelly’s death anniversary draws near, Investigative Journalist, Ingrid Delvin, starts digging into the past in search of answers.

This was a fast-paced, captivating read filled with suspense and intrigue. I was captivated by the cold case and the secrets that the town was hiding. As Ingrid’s investigation progressed, more secrets started coming to light and tension heightened with each new page.

Ingrid as an MC was well characterized as likable though at times, quite unlikable. I liked her relentlessness in the search for the truth but there were times when I was put off by her willingness to prey on other’s vulnerabilities in search of a story.

The possibility of miscarried justice, stalking, threats, buried secrets and a chilling cold case were the perfect cocktail mix for this entertaining mystery. If you enjoy psychological thrillers, this is one not to miss.