The Recently Read posts are not typical book reviews. As a writer, I do not believe I should be reviewing the hard work of other writers. These posts are simply books I have recently read and enjoyed and will share with you. They will not always be crime books as I am trying to widen my reading selection. I hope you enjoy some of these with me.
A Dark Redemption by Stav Sherez
A Dark Redemption introduces DI Jack Carrigan and DS Geneva Miller as they investigate the brutal rape and murder of a young Ugandan student. Plunged into an underworld of illegal immigrant communities, they discover that the murdered girl’s studies at a London College may have threatened to reveal things that some people will go to any lengths to keep secret…
Unflinching, inventive and intelligent, A Dark Redemption explores a sinister case that will force DI Carrigan to face up to his past and DS Miller to confront what path she wants her future to follow.
I loved this book!
The characters, DI Jack Carrigan and DS Geneva Miller are realistically drawn and their relationship a work of art as it progresses from initial meeting and uncertainty, to- well I’ll let you see what it progresses to. But it flows naturally rather than forced. And the Ugandan element was woven beautifully throughout. And when I say beautifully, I mean sometimes brutal, but seamless. The change of pace or location at times does not spoil, but rather enhances what is happening. The imagery is strong and fresh.
What I really liked about this book was the single sentences that caught me as I read them and then resonated within. Single sentences that Sherez had crafted with a mind that is obviously alive and knowledgeable of the human condition. For example, a sentence about how greedy we are, and I’m not talking about food. His perception of people shines bright in a dark book. His knowledge and understanding of human nature and what we are capable of in certain conditions isn’t fantasy, it’s all too realistically drawn on fact we like to pretend isn’t there. A fantastic well woven story with a sharp edge to make you think.
If that sounds like your kind of crime fiction, you will absolutely love this. I can’t wait to read his latest release, Eleven Days, and meet up with Carrigan and Miller again!
One word of warning though, a couple of scenes may not be for the faint hearted, but they do not drag on or get prolonged for entertainment value. They just are.