Dead Secret was published yesterday, and I’ve been chomping at the bit to tell everybody how good it is. Now its my turn on the reviewers blog tour, I can do just that
First of all this is book 4 in a series but it can be read as a standalone without losing any of its impact.
What makes this book so good?
The characters, the storylines, everything, are so well written. They are written by a person who has working experience with the people she writes about. That makes things very, very real
She also gets the incestuous nature of crimes, about how when major crimes happen, there is only a small group involved.
There is nobody better at writing about domestic abuse and the way it affects people, the way that if it’s not addressed things can spiral, yet the victim is often the one witness who doesn’t want to come forward.
In this story there’s a murder, a kidnap, and a domestic abuse crime, all, happening at the same time, and apparently unrelated. But are they?
The three crimes are all investigated in their own way, the paths of the investigation cross at times but isn’t it just coincidence?
The main character DC Maggie Jamieson is still mentally and physically exhausted from the last case. Her guard is down and a journalist, she actually fancies, is trying to worm her way into her affections.
But the journalist is also getting information from a source within the team, not Maggie, but everybody wants to know who, and suspicion is flying.
One of the crimes leads the team to a horrific, unbelievable, conclusion.
I started the book on Saturday night and would have read it in one sitting had I started it early enough in the day. As it was I didn’t put it down till silly o’clock in the morning, and picked it up with my first cup of coffee Sunday and sat till I’d finished it.
I mentioned that this is the fourth book in the series. I’ve already reviewed the first 3.
#1 Dead Inside. #2 Dead Wrong. #3 Dead Perfect.
They were all good, but this one, for me, is the best so far.
I said something in a tweet when I first read this book, and I stand by what I said.
This book is destined for the top of the best seller lists