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Cruel Acts

Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
Series: Maeve Kerrigan, Book 8
Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
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Publisher's Summary

From award-winning author Jane Casey comes a powerful Maeve Kerrigan crime thriller which will keep you on the edge of your seat!

How can you spot a murderer?

Leo Stone is a ruthless killer or the victim of a miscarriage of justice. A year ago, he was convicted of the murder of two women and sentenced to life in prison. But now he's free, and according to him, he's innocent. DS Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent are determined to put Stone back behind bars where he belongs, but the more Maeve finds out, the less convinced she is of his guilt.

Then another woman disappears in similar circumstances. Is there a copycat killer, or have they been wrong about Stone from the start?

©2019 Jane Casey (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Cruel Acts is magnificent. I've loved all Jane Casey's books but this is definitely her best one. I could not stop reading it! Utter brilliance." (Marian Keyes)

"You'll be checking the locks and looking over your shoulder after reading this one: Cruel Acts is clever, classy crime fiction with a conscience. I couldn't put it down." (Erin Kelly, best-selling author of He Said/She Said)

"Jane Casey's brilliant storytelling pulled me straight into Maeve Kerrigan's world, leaving me breathless and wanting more. Brava!" (Fiona Barton, best-selling author of The Widow

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  • Leigh ~ books.tea.and.me
  • 04-19-19

Great as always

A brilliant crime novel narrated really well. This is book 8 in a series, but can be listened to as a stand-alone.

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  • Ann D
  • 04-28-19

Another great book in the series

I didn’t like this one quite as much as the others in the series, but it is still a great listen/read. As always with Jane Casey. The characters are richly drawn and the story beautifully written. Caroline Lennon’s narration is, as always, faultless.

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  • Carrie
  • 10-15-19

Brilliant again

Really super book, one of my favourite Maeve Kerrigan books, it was nice to have a bit of reference to Rob other than Maeve moping around as I keep hoping they will get back together or she will move on

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  • Annie
  • 09-16-19

Jane Casey never disappoints

Yet another excellent Kerrigan/Derwent detective novel. Characters continue to develop, the police procedural details appear to be accurate and I didn't guess the murderer before he/she was revealed. Beautifully read as usual by Caroline Lennon. Hope it won't be too long before the next one

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  • Dibdob
  • 08-04-19

Cruel Acts

the usual brilliant quality! amazing story, love the characters..Kerrigan and Derwent x can t wait for the next book.

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  • Us Baldings
  • 06-07-19

Love it

I’ve listened to the series and I think I enjoyed this one the most. I really like the characters and although as thrillers tend to be, it’s a bit formulaic, it’s still gripping and rattled along at a rapid rate.

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  • Jon Lymposs
  • 05-22-19

Terrific series

Best read from the first book in series..Jane Casey is part of the tend by some ,mostly female , thriller writers Making there main character fully rounded with there personal lives as important as the plot .
I for one love this.
Romantic thrillers just perfect for me. Keep them coming

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  • A. McKechnie
  • 05-04-19

Unbelievable and even the narrator sounds bored

This series started off as a fairly authentic police procedural. Now it has drifted into fantastically coincidental story lines and lost any sense of reality. The characters have tuned into caricatures. Even the narrator sounds like she is having teeth pulled.

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  • Catherine
  • 04-29-19

Thoroughly enjoyable

Enjoyed this book very much, the characters are thoroughly believable and brought to life by the narrator. A patient wait now for next in the series.

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  • Kari
  • 04-28-19

Brilliant plot

Hard to stop listening to this one!! Truly enjoyed the book- thought the plot was outstanding.

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  • maree McIntyre
  • 06-10-19

More please

Love the characters of Maeve and Josh their interaction, support and Josh’s protectiveness of Maeve. Josh’s walls are coming down slowly as the series goes on. Looking forward to their next adventure together.
What I did not enjoy in this novel was them working with others more than being together At times as I have always really enjoyed their banter and sometimes comically lines from Josh. Maeve brings out the best in him.

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  • Jen📚
  • 05-31-19

Hardly gripping ... a little disappointing

Shame! Was looking forward to this book but can honestly say after 12+ hrs of listening, I cannot recall much detail. Was predictable, boring and completely forgettable. Narration was fine, it was the content that let it down