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When The Killing Starts: The Gripping DI Dylan Book Which Has Fans Asking for More (D.I. Dylan 7) Kindle Edition
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The novel opens with the team investigating the murder of a local lowlife Freddie Knapton who has been stabbed and thrown off a car park roof. While he is there Dylan gets a call to go to another murder scene where a couple, the Isaacs, have been killed and their house burned down. The novel follows Dylan as he investigates the two "stranger" murders and juggles some difficult times at home.
What a read. I am full of admiration for the Bridgestocks as they have produced a novel full of tension, sadness and complexity within the framework of procedure and legality. There are no lone wolf antics, just a rigorous investigation by professionals. You get a real sense of how the police narrow in on suspects using the slimmest of clues. It is fascinating and absorbing and it held my attention throughout. The authors take a different approach to the 2 murders. In the Knapton case the reader has no further information than the police so we are left to follow the same set of clues. In the Isaacs case the reader is told how it unfolds so we know that Declan and Damian Devlin are responsible and we watch the investigation unfold with additional knowledge. It is a long time since I have read, if ever, a novel with this dual approach and I loved it. It adds a frisson to the read and comparing the two investigations is really interesting.
I found the scenes from Dylan's home life extremely moving and very realistic. Some of them brought tears to my eyes (not an easy feat) and the whole incident is handled with extreme sensitivity. It is a masterclass in understanding.
I like the characterisation in the novel. Dylan is the grumpy, demanding boss with a clear view of his cases and a strategy for solving them. He is a loving husband but it's a bit of a metaphor rather than a reality as he constantly spends more time at work than at home. He finds it hard to articulate his feelings but they are there. He has plenty of support, from his team at work and his wife, Jen, at home. Jen is a bit of a strange character in this day and age as she works, raises their child and still manages to to put Dylan first - he doesn't seem to do a thing at home, even when she is struggling. The team have a great camaraderie and are very supportive of each other which adds to the reading pleasure.
When The Killing Starts is a taut, absorbing police procedural and I have no hesitation in recommending it as a good read.
I don't want to delve too much into the storyline as I fear it would spoil the book for somebody new to the book or series. However it results in DI Jack Dylan looking for the person responsible for the murders that occur in the rather grand home that was once Merton Manor. In addition to that Jack and his team are dealing with the death of a local hooligan and although the community aren't sorry the bloke is dead Jack needs to ensure this crime is solved too. There is certainly a lot going on in Jack's career and the book holds a lot of pace very early on. Jack and his team are all incredubly readable and there is a real sense of cameraderie between them. The storyline has plenty of action and a has a true police procedural feel to it.
What I loved about this book was the depth we see Jack and his wife Jen's personal situation develop. Although a truly terrible time that Jack and Jen are having, the situations the book touches on are done with sensitivity and I felt incredibly drawn to them as characters. I have to be honest and say I was a little blown away with this book. The reason being I just wasn't expecting it to be as good as this (meant in a non-rude way). Where I struggled to connect in the last (and my first) book in the series this book made up for all of that and some more on top!
The fact that both the writers (RC Bridgestock are a husband and wife writing team) have 50 years experince between them on the Force is blatantly obvious. The book is done incredibly well with the finer details looked at when it comes to Police work and less of the dramatic and flair we sometimes see in fiction (nowt wrong with that either just pointing out what I see). I can truly say I was thrilled with this book and even more so because I stupidly made the assumption I would struggle with it. This is now a series I would love to keep up with! Luckily for me book 8 is ready to go and for the rest of you book 8 is due for release Thursday 19th October 2017!
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