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.
Deadly Deceit by Mari Hannah
Four a.m. on a wet stretch of the A1 and a driver skids out of control. Quick on the scene, Senior Investigating Officer Kate Daniels and partner DS Hank Gormley are presented with a horrifying image of carnage and mayhem that quickly becomes one of the worst road traffic accidents in Northumberland’s history. But as the casualties mount up, they soon realise that not all deaths were as a result of the accident…
On the other side of town a house goes up in flames, turning its two inhabitants into charred corpses. Seemingly unconnected with the traffic accident, Kate sets about investigating both incidences separately. But it soon becomes apparent that all is not what it seems, and Kate and her colleagues are one always step behind a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to get what they want.
This is the third in the Kate Daniels series and Hannah doesn’t drop the ball for a second. In fact she gathers all her balls together, throws them in the air, creates utter chaos, then calmly goes about tying things back together as you get to know the characters, get to like them and want them to do well. The pace is fantastically written as plots are woven throughout and just when you think you know you’re at the end, she hits you with one you didn’t see coming in the slightest. I was gobsmacked by one of the twists at the end. The sign of a great crime writer. If you like crime fiction and want an interesting female protagonist, then the Kate Daniels series is well worth checking out. I’m now waiting for the next DCI Daniels book.