The Murder Wall (Kate Daniels) Paperback – 12 Apr 2012
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Brilliant plotting and scene setting, an outspoken, reckless and determined woman chief inspector, a carefully crafted supporting cast and police procedural details so real that it s like being a fly on the wall make this an outstanding first novel. --Lancashire Evening Post
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I never got a clear sense of why the killer did it and he seemed lacking in authenticity for me, more killer by numbers. I finished the book but it never grabbed me. Mari Hannah writes well, but the book felt poorly edited and leaps about in a disjointed way so that her good prose gets swamped. I also got very little sense of location compared to Val McDermid or Danielle Ramsay's mentions of the North East and this disappointed me as it's a part of the world I love.
I'll give the second one a go because there's potential, but I hope her editing team do better next time.
I would highly recommend her debuit novel and I am really looking forward to her second novel out at the back end of this year which again features Kate Daniels. I for one can't wait
Mari Hannah's debut novel introduces us to a new detective, DCI Kate Daniels. Kate is intelligent, gutsy and strong but someone's out to put a spanner in the works of Daniels's illustrious career. Almost a year after discovering a brutal double murder, Daniels is presented with the corpse of a familiar face but fails to disclose the connection - making everything even more complicated. A murderer is on the loose in Newcastle and it's up to Daniels to stop the killer from claiming any more victims.
Mari Hannah's writing is taut and intelligent, she keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the novel. The way in which Mari describes the characters gives the reader a great mental image of who she's writing about. There's an abundance of characters which just adds to the realistic feel of the piece.
It's fast-paced, gritty and realistic. It contains lots of information regarding police procedures but the information is always relevant to the story. The idea behind the crimes is highly original and, as a native north-easterner, I loved that the geographical locations were accurate.
In Kate Daniels, Mari has created a character that you want to know more about and I for one and am pleased that the second installment featuring DCI Daniels will be out later this year.
Always mindful of the reader, Hannah has produced short chapters for bedtime readers who want to stop at the end of a chapter. However, the story is so good, you may find it keeps you awake all night!
A great debut from a writer with bags of potential.
DCI Kate Daniels is strong, direct, competitive, independent, fiercely loyal to those she loves and a risk-taker. She's protective of her private life and rarely confides in anyone, yet she's often the first to offer support to others. DS Hank Gormley is the perfect foil to DCI Daniels as he gradually draws her out and gives the reader a more rounded view of her character. The well observed office politics and banter in the police station feel realistic and believable.
In contrast the measured, detached tone of the killer will make your flesh crawl. It's a truly chilling characterization of a killer who is as haunted as Daniels in their own way, a tormented soul that evokes no sympathy.
Packed with original twists and memorable characters this début novel is a thrilling, compulsive page-turner!
DCI Daniels is an ambitious, career driven single woman who loves to challenge pre-conceived stereotypes. At first I wasn’t too keen on Kate Daniels but as time went by and some of her past was explained, I realised that past events have helped to shape the person she has now become.
I really did enjoy this debut novel and it is easy to see why Mari Hannah is as popular as she is. The book is well written and well structured, with an uncomplicated storyline and short chapters. Ms Hannah certainly knows how to intensify the feeling of a tense situation and ramp up the element of drama. A whole cast of characters is introduced and they are so well portrayed. For example the villain frightened me, made my skin crawl and he was convincingly creepy. At times I had to remind myself that it was fiction and not a television programme.
Given the author’s previous employment it comes as no surprise that the police procedural parts are informative, realistic and informative. The author is clearly very knowledgeable and confident which shows in her writing.
I loved the setting of The Murder Wall as it was in the North East of England, which is where I am based. I could picture the characters actually in their surrounding as I had already visited the places in question and was familiar with them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. It's a compelling story. I think what is most disturbing is how realistic it is. What I liked the most was the authors writing style. It was easy to follow. Read morePublished 3 days ago by jane shambler
Cracking good read on the recommendation of friends. Lots of twists and turns. The area the book is set in is my locality and it's good to recognise places, restaurants etc. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mrs B
Well researched and the various plot strands are handled competently. But the central character Daniels is not very engaging. Read morePublished 5 months ago by W. T. Deary
a real good read it has every thing you want in a good thriller and this is good it has two twists and a red herring really cant tell you more as it would give the game awayPublished 6 months ago by echo
This is smart, literary crime at its best - emotional, real, but still a heart-wrenching page-turner! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Louise Beech
Very good story that has encouraged me to read the other Kate Daniel's Books; I am now on 5.Published 6 months ago by Mr. G. M. Hamilton
Ok detective novel and nice to read something set in the north east. But a little predictable and did feel like a tv drama script.Published 7 months ago by geraldine lawson