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Publisher's Summary

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.

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WoW!

What made the experience of listening to The Reckoning the most enjoyable?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Reckoning?

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.

What does Sarah Coomes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It did not make me laugh of cry but it did keep me on the edge of my chair.

Any additional comments?

Great series. I hope Ms. Casey continues to add to it.

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The second in a new police procedural series.

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.

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Maeve

I am totally in love with Maeve and all of the complexities with a woman in business management which will translate over to being a police detective. This is my third in her series and I want to go forward😍

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Annoying narrator!

This was my first Jane Casey listen. I really like the main character, Maeve, and when Sarah Coomes reads her part she is listenable. However, the voices of most of the male characters are ridiculous and unrealistic. The story was good and I even tried another title, but I just can't listen to that voice again. Off to the library for me!

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Strong performance, very good 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.

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Well Developed Mystery and Characters

Would you listen to The Reckoning again? Why?

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.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Sarah Coomes?

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.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.

Any additional comments?

Overall, I'd recommend the book - it's a solid enough story to be a mark or two above beach reading.

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Boring

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This was definitely a diary entry of a teenaged girl.

What could Jane Casey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Unfortunately, nothing but starting from scratch.

Would you be willing to try another one of Sarah Coomes’s performances?

Not at this time. Although her Irish accent for one character, was rather good

Was The Reckoning worth the listening time?

Not at all.

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Author and Narrator a match made in heaven

Sarah Coomes brings these books alive. If you are listening to the series it is jarring when the narrator changes. Jane Casey has me addicted to Maeve Kerrigan. She’s tough brilliant and irrestible.

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I'm listening to all the Jane Casey's that Audible offers, a fine Holiday pastime. This book is a solid read- without the excessive inner monologues the author sometimes puts her readers through. I could have done without several deaths at the start of the book. I forgot about them as the mystery unfolded. One reviewer noted that she was pleased she had not read book 1 until later in the series. I did the,same thing and it w o red out well.

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Enjoyable Mystery!

Sassy policewoman finds murder and mayhem--and romance while trying to solve her case. Good read.