Jane Casey had something of a run-away success with her first crime novel, "The Missing". "The Reckoning" is her third published outing and features DC Maeve Kerrigan in a sequel to the earlier "The Burning". This new book offers the same solid writing and story telling as the earlier two but, for me, never really develops the tension and drama of either of them. Also, it gives every impression of being written to a specific size, rather than to the natural length of the material, and doesn't always feel to have sufficient story to fill its 480-odd pages. This would seem to be very much a book written to a publisher's brief.
Fans of Casey's work will no doubt lap this one up too and indeed, there is nothing here substantially to disappoint any avid crime story enthusiast. There are danger signs, though, that this author is running the risk of becoming overly formulaic, which after the promise of her earlier books would be a great shame. Her character portrayals are woefully flat at times; DC Kerrigan has hardly developed at all across the two volumes. I do hope Jane Casey tries her hand at something new in her next book and doesn't become lured into the trap of more-of-the-same-please by a short-sighted publisher looking for a safe market; it would be a crying shame for this much talent to go to waste.