Author: Jane Casey
Series: Maeve Kerrigan, #2
Narrator: Sarah Coomes
Published: May 2012, Brilliance Audio
Length: 15 hours 56 minutes
Source: Personal copy via Audible
To the public, he's a hero: a brutal killer who targets sex offenders. To most of London's police force, he's the suspect in a gruesome, time-consuming case to be avoided. But to Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan, he's a murderer--no matter the sins of his victims--and catching him is her job. Assigned to the case with the division's unreadable new DI, Josh Derwent, young and inexperienced Maeve is determined to prove she has what it takes to make it as a female in the tough world of the London police.***Short & Sweet Reviews are short, quick reviews. These will mainly be used for series books where I have already done full reviews on some of the earlier books or for books that I feel will suffice with a quick review. These will not be used for review requests or blog tours.
But for a killer who strikes with such spectacle, this one is proving remarkably elusive. And when Maeve learns his motive might be about exacting revenge, his acts of incredible violence move from abstract justice to the intensely personal, and become all the more terrifying. Unsure whom she can trust even within her own department and knowing her life is at stake, Maeve will have to decide how far she's willing to go to ensure justice is served.
Jane Casey's taut, brilliantly executed thriller will have readers on the edge of their seats from the opening chapter to the stunning conclusion.
My thoughts: This is the second in the Maeve Kerrigan series and I really like this series. In this latest installment, Maeve is assigned to work with a new partner who basically tells her that he will be doing all the work and all the thinking and all she has to do is stay out of his way and just look pretty. Yeah - ok! What I love about Maeve is she is a no-nonsense kind of gal - there is no way she is going to take that kind of crap from anyone, especially someone she works with! The interactions between Maeve and Derwent were quite humorous as she put him in his place a few times.
The case Maeve and Derwent are working on at first seems a little cut and dry and then becomes more complicated about halfway through, thus making it and the story way more interesting and suspenseful. It became more twisty and suspect, keeping me on the edge of my seat.
On the personal side, Maeve is still trying to figure things out with Rob, who also happens to be a colleague. I like them together but am not sure I can handle yet another relationship that is going to go through all the angst of the whole off-again/on-again thing in each subsequent book as so many other series seem to do. I guess I just have to wait and see. Either way, I'm quite eager to continue with this series.
Audio thoughts: I really like listening to Sarah Coomes narrate these books. Between her British accent and Jane Casey's writing - it's a match made in heaven!!! The story really comes alive with the voices that Sarah gives the characters. I'm eager to continue listening to this series on audio and am glad to see Sarah Coomes is narrating all the books - this makes me very happy!
Books in this series:
0.5 Left for Dead
1. The Burning
2. The Reckoning
3. The Last Girl
4. The Stranger You Know
5. The Kill