Synopsis (as taken from Amazon) is as follows:
A killer is on the loose, attacking people in places they feel most safe: their workplaces, their homes. It’s up to DS Grace Allendale to stop the murders, and prove herself to her new team.
All clues lead to local crime family the Steeles, but that’s where things get complicated. Because the Steeles aren’t just any family, they’re Grace’s family. Two brothers and two sisters, connected by the violent father only Grace and her mother escaped.
To catch the killer, Grace will have to choose between her team and her blood. But who do you trust, when both sides are out to get you?
Ability to read – I had no difficulty with reading this. I read this over the course of two weeks and found that I was able to fully immerse myself in the world, even if I hadn’t been reading the book for a couple of days. The language was simple and the structure of the book flowed smoothly and allowed for easy reading.
Characterisation – I thought that all the characters involved were pretty powerful. They were bold characters with a lot of emotional triggers. The book was a lot darker than I was expecting and showed more than I expected of the darker past of some characters. Grace was, a stellar character, who was easy to connect to throughout the novel. The challenges she faced and the actions she took made her into a character of strong morals and someone who I could identify with and stand behind. The Steele family were complex and intriguing but I found they fell into that stereotype of ‘children who have had bad pasts turn into bad people’ trope. It was expected I suppose. However, for all my theories, I didn’t guess who was the killer and when it was revealed I was shocked to discover that I’d never once thought it to be the person it was. Very clever writing.
Visualisation – It was easy for me to visualise what was happening, the scenes were fixed to a few places and the characters were so rich in emotion and descriptive details that I had no difficulty forming a picture of what was happening.
Enjoyment – This was a really easy book to read and one that I enjoyed picking up and putting down. I enjoyed the story and the characters, the dark twists and the outright shock the plot produced. Although it was dark and gritty, I didn’t find myself completely hooked on the story and once finished, the book didn’t end on my shelf – rather I gave it to a friend who will enjoy it. I don’t feel invested enough to read the next in the series but I enjoyed the books as a sort of snack between other more engaging books.
Star Rating – ★★★