Friday 10 March 2017

Let The Dead Speak by Jane Casey - Blog Tour

Welcoming Jane Casey to So Many Books, So Little Time.

Today is my turn on the blog tour stop for Let The Dead Speak by Jane Casey, published by Harper Collins. I was very kindly sent an advanced copy for review.

Let the Dead Speak (Maeve Kerrigan #7)Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Time taken to read - over 5 days

Publisher - Harper Collins

Pages - 352

Blurb from Goodreads

When eighteen-year-old Chloe Emery returns to her West London home she finds her mother missing, the house covered in blood. Everything points to murder, except for one thing: there's no sign of the body.

London detective Maeve Kerrigan and the homicide team turn their attention to the neighbours. The ultra-religious Norrises are acting suspiciously; their teenage daughter and Chloe Emery definitely have something to hide. Then there's William Turner, once accused of stabbing a schoolmate and the neighborhood's favorite criminal. Is he merely a scapegoat, or is there more behind the charismatic facade?

As a body fails to materialize, Maeve must piece together a patchwork of testimonies and accusations. Who is lying, and who is not? And soon Maeve starts to realize that not only will the answer lead to Kate Emery, but more lives may hang in the balance.

My Review

Chloe arrives home sooner than expected and finds a blood covered house and no sign of her mother. The police arrive and despite there being no body, it is clear someone has died and Chloes mother is missing. Detective Maeve Kerrigan is on the case with her team and whilst the body is MIA the detectives need to knuckle down, question everyone and breakdown the barriers and lies to find what happened. With one religious family and a neighborhood lad who everyone seems to suspect, the real detective work has to sort out who has something to hide and is it murder?

The opening chapter pulls the reader in and gets the hairs on the back of your neck standing. The two main detectives Derwent and Kerrigan have a complex relationship, seemingly hostile at times they have each others back with humour and cheek on equal balance. Chloe is eighteen but seemingly much younger than her years, unlike her friend Bethany, younger in age but wiser than her years. Chloe is taken in by Bethany's family whilst the investigation proceeds and slowly unravels the complexity of the relationships with the characters and their families.

I would have read this book in one sitting had work not gotten in my way, as it was I was having to snatch moments where I could to find out what was happening next. The book kept me guessing right up to the last chapter, this is part of an established series but my first book of this authors. I don't think I was at a loss not having read the previous books but I will be buying them up, 4/5 for me this time. This book is out to buy this week, 9th of March 2017, from all good retailers, if you are a fan of the series already you will love this one.

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I am the second stop on the blog tour, please check out the following fabulous blogs on their day(s) for the rest of the tour. You can visit Jane on twitter at @JaneCaseyAuthor and the book is available to buy from all good retailers or head over to Amazon.


  1. One thing that makes books of this type work is interesting detectives. So the relationship between the protagonists that you mention is a very good thing.

    I am obsessed with reading series in order so I would start with the first book.

  2. Wonderful review, Lainy. The opening chapter sets the tone for this suspenseful book. I'm glad you were able to find the time to enjoy reading it.

  3. Great review, Lainy. The sound of this story is intriguing :)

  4. Hi Lainy,

    Thanks for stopping by Fiction Books this week. I enjoy 'meeting' new people and always look forward to visits and comments :)

    I don't know why, but I have randomly already marked this book as 'Want To Read' over at Goodreads, despite not selecting any of the previous books in the series, so this must have been a seriously good recommendation from a trusted fellow blogger.

    Although I have very eclectic reading tastes, I will go out of my way to get my hands on a good crime / thriller story and look forward to discovering new authors in the genre.

    I was so pleased that you though this one worthy of being read as a stand alone, so now I can choose whether or not to go back and start the series at the beginning.

    Thanks for an informative review :)



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