Three strangled and mutilated women in London - one cold case - and a journey back into DI Josh Derwent's tangled past.
I've been reading Jane Casey since her first book (The Missing
) and have become hooked on her Maeve Kerrigan series. Casey has become a far more confident writer over time and less inclined to fall back into genre clichés. There are a few moments in this latest book where we have to groan at Maeve's blindness (the roses...) or her ability to `just know' that someone's the murderer (especially when she `just knew' that someone else was the killer a few pages back), but these are small niggles in a gripping read which had me reading far into the early hours of the morning.
At the heart of this book is DI Josh Derwent who I adore for his gruff and unreconstructed brand of un-PC machismo blended with a deep and genuine integrity. The relationship between him and Maeve took centre-stage in the last book (The Last Girl
), and remains at the heart of this one.
So this is an exciting police-procedural with genuinely gripping characters who have changed and developed over the series. I've been waiting eagerly for this book, couldn't help gulping it down in one long sitting - and now can't wait for the next one.
(This review is from an ARC courtesy of the publisher)