Top positive review
2 October 2016
I'm still reeling from the terrifying climax of this story. Jenny Finch built the mystery and suspense gradually weaving it in and around the natural environment of the Somerset Levels but lacing it through and through with the gritty realism of the tough challenges many youngsters face growing up which all to often draws them inexorably into the net of a life of crime.
In "the Death of the Elver Man" Alex, a young probation officer becomes singled out for revenge by the father of one of her charges. Alex is a sassy heroine, grappling not only with a way of life unfamiliar to her but also with all the challenges that the work itself brings. She has plenty of guts but her naivety makes her very vulnerable as she takes risks no experienced probation officer would dream of.
Squeamish readers may find the descriptions of pike and their habits deeply unsettling but it is exactly this detailed knowledge that gives the story an edge over standard crime stories.
Definitely looking forward to reading more from Jennie, who I discovered was just a year or two above me in teacher training college and like me had science as a main subject. Sadly I have no memory of her in college whatsoever but delighted to discover her now!
An excellent read.