DI Rob Miller is somewhat of an anomaly amongst Police Detectives.
He comes across as shy and a bit insecure. Conversely, in his private life, he is engaged to an ex underwear model who now works on a beauty counter at Harrods.
When the body of a woman turns up on a secluded path Robs boss gives him his first major investigation as Senior Investigating Officer, all his other DI’s are busy.
But Rob is good, and the small team he gathers together are just as good, as well as being dedicated and supportive. Which is more than can be said for his fiancé. She hates him working outside “office hours”
The age old struggle between a detectives home life and their professional life is brilliantly portrayed in the interaction between the pair.
When another body is found it’s inevitable Rob will start to spend many late hours at work, but with pressure coming on him to solve the murders Rob is determined to see the case through as SIO.
The pressure mounts when a team from Lewisham MIT are drafted in to help and it has DCI who is taking charge of the case.
The DCI is a young woman, on fast track promotion, known to be the star in the eye of the Senior Ranks in the Met.
How will she and Rob work together, what will the dynamics of the newly formed team be.
This is a fantastic story by an author I have only just discovered. The book is the first in a series, and I’ve just downloaded the rest of the series onto my Kindle, and once I’ve reviewed a book I’m committed to reading next, I will read the rest of the series straight away.
I read in a review of this book that the rape murder scene was too explicit. That it could act as a trigger for victims of abuse.
I have no doubt it could be a trigger, and I would warn any reader that finds the subject difficult to skip the pages covering that part of the story.
But graphic, I don’t know, I’ve read a lot worse. Yes it is there, and it doesn’t leave the reader in any doubt about what’s happening, but if the one or two pages were taken out the book would lose a part of the story that gives it that psychological thriller hook.
The crime and the investigation is the main part of the story. But I love characters, you can have the best story in the world, but if the characters are weak, or poorly written, the story doesn’t work for me.
The story, and the characters in this book are great.
I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.
Print length: 210. Publisher Joffe Books. Available now