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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.
The story starts off with an extremely brutal crime that was slightly out of my comfort zone. I had a very mixed reaction to it. It certainly got the adrenaline going and the crime thriller fan in me couldn’t get enough, but as a human being I have to admit it did make for some uncomfortable reading. The remainder of the story though is Dylan and his team working on catching the culprits and boy what a gripping ride that was.
Not only does Jack have a serious crime to investigate, he also has a lot going off in his personal life. My heart really goes out to him in this book. He is always such a strong character but the readers get to see a vulnerable side to him and I loved how the authors tackle a tough subject and not only show how it affects the woman, but how it affects the man also.
It’s almost like Jack is two different people. At work he seems to wear this mask that has him appearing as a toughened detective that can pretty much handle anything but then when he is at home, the mask slips and we get a glimpse of the caring and loving man that he is that only his wife and daughter really gets to see.
When The Killing Starts really is quite an exceptional novel. The authors always manage to get me feeling a whole array of emotions which is something I never expected through reading crime books. The different crimes featured grab the readers attention and keeps them hooked from beginning to end. The tension and excitement that builds through this one is just brilliant and as I’m sure you have guessed by now, I absolutely blooming well loved it!
A brilliant crime series that I can’t recommend highly enough.
My thanks to the authors for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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