Detective Sergeant Jackie Cooke is not your average fictional Police Officer, but I think she’s probably one of the most realistic.
A newly separated single mother with twins boys, one of who is the “child from hell” and a few months old little girl.
She is battling her ex partner, who wants to take her for a much as he can, having contributed very little, and relies on her mother, who lives in a granny-flat in the basement, for child care.
When she’s at work she’s worried about her kids and the over reliance she places on her mom. When she’s at home she can’t stop thinking about her cases.
Her work is suffering because of her home life, and her home life is suffering because of her work.
The icing on the cake for Cooke is that she was a DI, but stood down when she became pregnant with her daughter, and the new DI is, in her opinion, inept.
So that’s the backdrop to the story and it really adds a touch of reality that helped me engage with Cooke.
When she attends a murder scene to find out that it’s an old school friend of hers who has been killed, she is caught slightly off guard.
When the investigation starts to take her into the world of, online dating, and seedy hook ups she wonders what her old friend had got herself into in the years they had been out of contact.
The fact that more murders show a similar MO, leads Cooke and her Sergeant into the murky world of on line hook ups.
I have come across the phrase Incel in a few books recently, but Marnie Riches seems to have hit the right balance of menace and desperation that people that fall into that category exude and suffer.
I love the main characters in this book.
The crimes are really well considered and fit the story perfectly.
A great read.
Pages: 325. Publisher: Bookouture. Publishing Date 1st November 2022