Review ~ Let The Dead Speak by Jane Casey

Book: Let The Dead Speak

Series: Maeve Kerrigan #7

Author: Jane Casey

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Format: Kindle

Published: HarperCollins, March 9, 2017

Source: Publisher

In the chilling new crime novel from award-winning author Jane Casey, Detective Maeve Kerrigan and the murder squad must navigate a web of lies to discover the truth…

A murder without a body
Eighteen-year-old Chloe Emery returns to her West London home one day to find the house covered in blood and Kate, her mother, gone. There may not be a body, but everything else points to murder.

A girl too scared to talk
Maeve Kerrigan is young, ambitious and determined to prove she’s up to her new role as detective sergeant. She suspects Chloe is holding something back, but best friend Bethany Norris won’t let Maeve get close. What exactly is Bethany protecting Chloe from?

A detective with everything to prove
As the team dig deeper into the residents of Valerian Road, no one is above suspicion. All Maeve needs is one person to talk, but that’s not going to happen. Because even in a case of murder, some secrets are too terrible to share…

Police investigation at its best, LET THE DEAD SPEAK was the kind of thriller I didn’t even know I was looking for. With DS Kerrigan’s voice, this was the realistic investigation process I liked. Sort of like the tv show CSI-which I also like and try to watch whenever I catch it- this book had an intriguing case that had a pretty big suspect pool. Kerrigan’s voice was easy to follow, she was a competent yet very human character who made choices that anyone in the profession would and could have made. As the storyteller, I was never bored with her, her insight into the case, her opinions about facts and people, her reactions to certain situations were such a joy to read. The story was fast paced, with a lot of suspects to distract and confuse us. I have to admit, the ending was more than satisfying. 

I definitely enjoyed reading Kerrigan’s story, her partnership with Derwent, her general psyche. They all added to the story’s easy flow. Plus, they most certainly made me curious about their past cases, about how they came to be such good partners, and how they ended up being the way they were in this seventh book of the series.

Those who like an interesting murder case, tv shows like CSI, or an all access to an ongoing investigation via the main officer, would enjoy this one.

I’m adding five big spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge, and taking a note of the rest of the series.

Maeve Kerrigan series by Jane Casey:

  1. The Burning
  2. The Reckoning
  3. The Last Girl
  4. The Stranger You Know
  5. The Kill
  6. After The Fire
  7. Let The Dead Speak

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