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  • Standard police procedural

    I really struggled to get into this book. Though the pace did pick up after a slow start, I was never fully involved in the story. One problem I had was with the lead detective – Jo Masters. She had major trust issues, was paranoid, and – as the story continued – was rather a liability to the investigation. I know there were good (historical) reasons for her character flaws – just because you are paranoid does not mean that someone is not out to get you – but I found her very unsympathetic. I thought the story-line was rather contrived, and at times clichéd (unhappy police detective with excessive flaws, cop in danger …). I prefer my police procedurals to be mainly focussed on the criminal(s) and crime(s) rather than on the police working the investigation. Some background about the police does give the tale more human interest, but there was just a bit too much of Jo and her personal life. I felt the end of the epilogue was unnecessary. I am clearly in the minority when it come to not liking this book – most reviews that I have read are very complimentary. The writing is good, and it is a very readable crime novel – but not for me. I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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  • Read the first one first

    When a teenager girl is found missing on University campus, DS Josie Masters is drafted in to help catch the culprit. As more girls go missing what links them together? I wasn’t quite sure what to think of this one although I must admit I haven’t read the first book in this series. I had assumed this would be like the usual police procedurals where the books were fairly stand-alone but with a through-line of characters and events to hold them together. However this book is very heavily reliant and based on the first book – I would very much recommend reading the first one first! That said, it is a good book, there’s a nice mystery involved with a lot of threads and red herrings, the characters are interesting and well-rounded. My criticisms with the book were that it felt a little far fetched in places and although the book is heavily based on the first one it also seems a little similar to the first one in its plot as well (no spoilers!) The blurb and marketing campaign for the book also gives away one of the twists at the end of the book which is a shame! Overall I enjoyed Keep Her Close, I think it was a three star read for me but if you’ve read the other book it’s probably 4 stars which is what I have chosen to give it. Thank you to NetGalley and Avon Books UK for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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