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. 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 that 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 listeners on the edge of their seats from the opening chapter to the stunning conclusion.
©2012 Jane Casey (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Ms. Coomes is an outstanding narrator and perfect for this story. Ms. Casey is a superb mystery writer and, in combination with Ms. Coomes story telling this story comes alive. One aspect of the performance I did not care for was switching the character that Ms. Coomes is representing between Rob and Mave. There is no difference in the voice so it becomes distracting. It is hard to tell who Ms. Coomes is speaking for. I would prefer that the narrator sticks to representing one character.
One very memorable moment is when Mave finds Patricia in the attic of a house that Mave and Liv broke into without a warrent. I don't want to give away the story but it will have you on the edge of your seat.
As I said above, Ms. Coomes is at least 50% of the success of this story. She adds the ambiance and, with her accent, you really think and feel like you are listening to Mave. She makes the story come alive.
It did not make me laugh of cry but it did keep me on the edge of my chair.
Great series. I hope Ms. Casey continues to add to it.
The second book about Maeve, the District Constable fighting crime. In this one, she’s been assigned to a new guy who is a veteran of police procedure from another district. Maeve knows right away that this is a man who doesn’t like to work with women. He tells Maeve that he’ll do the work and the thinking and she should stay out of his way and stand around looking pretty. The two of them are to catch what appears to be a serial killer who first tortures and then kills his victims. What his victims have in common is that they are all pedaphiles with records. But now three have died.
They have to uncover why they are being captured and killed. In the meantime a former gang boss who was thought to live out of the country comes back to find his daughter, who has either disappeared or been murdered. Very good procedural and moves the story of Maeveand Robb along.
Actually, yes, I think I just DID listen to it a second time. I vaguely remember listening to it a few years ago. I purchased one or two more in the series and couldn't remember whether I'd listened to this one which I'd purchased two years ago. Decided to refresh my memory before continuing w/ further books in the series. Turns out, I vaguely remember the character, Maeve, but not much of the story itself . It was new all over again. I'm not sure that reflects well on the book - but it might be more of a reflection on my memory...sigh.
I don't actually care for this accent much - and that did make the book hard to listen to. I don't think the reader was bad, per se, but that accent is very distasteful to me - very jarring to my ear. It's not a soft, cultured English accent, which of course, might not suit Maeve. But I'd have much preferred that to this accent - Coomes' vowels are very adenoidal - and her voice for certain detectives, Derwent for example, is so nasally and sharp that I kept turning my volume down as far as possible. It was so clipped and strident that it hurt my ears and nerves. I also have a pretty attuned ear to mis-emphasis in line reading - and this did happen on occasion, but not often. Mostly, Coomes read smoothly and I was fine when Maeve was narrating in her own voice - again, not my favorite accent, but it was softer and smoother than others. She did, as one person mentioned, do a good Irish accent for one character.
No, not really - it wasn't that kind of book. But one thing I did like about the book was that the characters are , if not fully developed, at least dimensional, unlike many novels of this kind. Derwent, misogynist that he is, is not completely unlikeable. Maeve, we feel we could have known in school. These are characters who seem like real people - and it's fun to follow them in the story. The story itself is interesting enough - I never had the urge to abandon the book. But the story is a bit of a windy road - it switches focus along the way and, oddly, switches point of view (uh, why?) for a chapter or two - a device that works if it is an integral part of the novel structure - but which, in this book, felt like an odd deviation late in the game.
Overall, I'd recommend the book - it's a solid enough story to be a mark or two above beach reading.
I really enjoy the maeve kerrigan stories! I liaten on my commute. I highly recommend the series.
I like the narrator and story. Not as much as I liked The Burning. I would recommend the Burning over this one.
One of the best. The Maeve Kerrigan series is one that I wish the author will keep on producing so we can keep on enjoying.
I compare this to the previous book - The Burning and others books of this category and this is one that I can accept. It does not contain subjects that are too gross to digest such as the series of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo...(I had to return those).
The accent. For me, she does a great job.
Oh, yeah! But I had to pace myself otherwise I would be suffering from hangover from this series.
I hope Jane Casey will keep on producing this wonderful series. It is so hard to find good, solid, entertaining and smart contemporary fictional books.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
I listened my first novel by Jane Casey (The Burning) a little while ago and was very impressed with her talent for creating realism in the day-to-day workings of a major metropolitan police force. That book made me know I wanted to read this newest novel when I had the chance. Sure enough, Casey upheld the high standard I had found in the other novel. This book is exciting, complex, filled with tension and characters who have rich, deep, personalities. Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan is a very realistically portrayed female pursuing a career in a male dominated field. She not only has to maintain her composure in the midst of sexual bias, but also the prejudices against her Irish heritage. To say that she succeeds in every instance would not be true, but it is certainly realistic. She is not written to be made of steel, but to have a caring side to her nature which lends her a vulnerability that lets her be completely human and, in my opinion, a better police officer.
This particular story was something of a surprise for me because the direction and focus changed about mid-way through from one type of crime to another. And yet, did it really? As is true with most modern police procedural novels today there is quite a bit of description of gruesome crimes which are being investigated. The author does focus on that aspect of murder scenes so you would do well to be aware of that before you start reading here. There is a revenge aspect attached to the killing of known pedophiles and the killings are brutal. I found the information was presented with as much detail as was needed to convey the nature of the crime, but still some of it made me a little uneasy. I knew that was the style of descriptive writing this author uses because of reading the first novel so I opened this book and began reading knowing what to expect.
The inner-office tensions and relationships within the London Metropolitan Police Murder Squad are very well incorporated into the novel and I was pleased to have characters from the previous book appear again. New characters were also added to provide new foils for Maeve to react to or against. At two places the point of view changes from Maeve to another character and I'm still not quite sure if I liked that treatment of the story. I can certainly see why the information contained in those two chapters was entirely relevant coming from someone else, but I had to constantly remind myself that this was not Maeve talking now. Perhaps the different style and size of font will help readers when they get to this portion of the novel. I definitely recommend this novel. If you are interested in very realistic police procedural novels, this will certainly give you what you are looking for.
Sarah Coomes was excellent with the delivery of the story
Overall, great listen, interesting mix of characters, and great plot. Rarely a dull moment with a story line that keeps you intrigued. This is my third Jane Casey book-read one out of order-I find the author a great story teller, gifted detailer, and talented murder technologist...if that makes sense. Generally, I won't buy audible murder mysteries read by a female, as most I've read don't perform the male voices well. Sarah Coomes does an A+ job differentiating voices and accents and a B job with male voices.
What I disliked, and I don't want to make this sound like a negative review, is the semi-dysfunctional relationship between Maeve and Rob. It made Rob seem somewhat of a wimp and Maeve seem semi-neurotic, but I guess there are those relationships out there. It also seemed a bit odd to get near the end of the book and suddenly start changing perspectives between Rob and Maeve, but it just takes a tick to adjust.
So I'm in for the long haul with Maeve, and hopefully Sarah Coomes continues to read these gritty, intriguing murder mysteries.
Jane Casey is the Queen of mystery plots and has he ability to create characters who are lovable, complicated, and very believable. Sarah Coomes is Maeve Kerrigan and does an excellent job in creating the others characters as well.
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