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    Great start to a new series.

    Great start to a new series introducing Detective Carrie Flynn. As she is tasked with finding a serial killer in Manchester known as “The Pusher” as he targets young vulnerable men and pushes them into the canal. Jordan has gone out for the evening and his mum asked him before he went out not to walk near the canal alone. Later she has the television on watching the news with the sound off and spots Jordan’s scarf on a railing. Is Jordan the latest victim? Why is his mum Emma keeping secrets from D.Flynn and Jade her best friend and neighbour is also keeping secrets.why? If you want to find your son surely you would tell the police everything? This book is more of a psychological thriller than a police procedural but it’s a good start to a series. Will be interesting to see more of Carrie Flynn in the next book and her team and get to know them a little more.
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    Brilliant start to a new series

    WOW! What a read and a brilliant start to a new series. This is a chilling book which still gives me goosebumps when I think about it. There aren’t too many books that are still ingrained in my memory long after I have finished them, but this one I think it is going to stay with me for a long time to come. It is a story that is thrilling, full of mystery, crime and suspense, as well as shocking revelations. What more could you want! For six years, a serial killer has been on the loose reigning terror over the city of Manchester, where missing people are turning up dead floating in the canal. Nicknamed “The Pusher”,the killer has a specific type he preys upon and when the latest victim Jordan goes missing, Detective Carrie Flynn has her work cut out for her to try and find out what connects each of the victims if she has any hope in solving the crime. What is interesting about this story is that the main focus is not on Detective Carrie Flynn as the blurb suggests. She is more a secondary character with her partner Paul, with the story revolving more around the Jordan’s mother Emma and her next door neighbour Jade. J.M. does make reference to this in her letter at the end of the book where she lets the reader know that we will be spending more time with these characters in future books. This in no way changed the story for me and to be completely honest I was so caught up with Emma and Jade that it wasn’t an issue to me. I really enjoyed all of the characters in this story and believe it or not, I even felt empathy and sympathy for the killer, which I never thought I would ever say in a review! It was something that I did struggle with but it happened! I really like Detective Carrie Flynn and even though she is quite reserved and stand offish there is a soft side to her and I look forward to learning more about her and her sisters story in future books. I also really liked J.M.’s writing style and how it made me feel at times I was inside the book watching from the sidelines. The story flowed at just the right pace building tension along the way till the finale which was both satisfying and heart wrenching. It also sets up the story of what the next book in the series could be about. So I think my question here is going to have a pretty obvious answer but here we go. Do I recommend this book? Absolutely! It is a chilling story that will make you feel many emotions and keep you on your toes reading well into the night. I look forward to many more books in this series. Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture and J.M. Hewitt for allowing me to read an advanced copy The Night Caller, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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    A fun read

    A police procedural to begin with, the story soon led me down the twists of a thriller. The first in the series where Detective Carrie Flynn was at the helm of the investigation. The Pusher, a killer who pushed his victims into the canal, was plaguing the land, and it was up to Carrie to find him before the body count rose up. This case started with finding Jordan's scarf near the canal, and the Pusher was thought to be at play. A debut by J. M. Hewitt where after the initial few pages, I got mighty engrossed in the story that kept unfolding in each chapter, to reveal the furtive nature of the characters. The book read extremely fast, 2 hours hands down. I thought I would be getting a solid investigative story with forensics and cop talk. But what I got was an implosion of a thriller which sucked me in. Wow. The author soon turned the story around, weaving the scenes of the investigation into the lives of Emma and son Jordan, who was missing, neighbor Jade and daughter Nia. All these characters were hiding deep, dark secrets. And it was upto Carrie and her partner Paul to get to them. I could understand why she got frustrated with them. I too had to read at double speed to force them to tell their secrets. Some I could guess. As told before, my thrillers have made me a good Detective. Still waiting for my badge. A tiny niggle popped up. Carrie and her backstory were not shown in detail which probably would be shown later in the series as there was a lost sister in her past. The blurb was slightly misleading. This was more of a thriller, hence my excitement was doubled. A fast paced thriller more than a police procedural which had my heart thumping with joy.
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    Great Thriller

    Good psychological thriller. There is a serial killer on the loose, targeting gay men in the area. The police are trying to cover up this fact, not wanting people to panic. Detective Carrie Flynn, however, does not agree. She studies this case and examines every piece of evidence, confident the killer can be stopped. She notices the pattern the killer follows has suddenly changed, the target moving away from gay men to criminals. Meanwhile, a young man, Jordan, leaves home to go to the bars with his friends, and never returns. Fearing he has been a victim of the killer, the hunt for him begins immediately. Throughout the search, new facts and character traits of the missing Jordan come to light, and what his family once thought they knew about him, suddenly doesn't seem true. It makes you ask yourself, do we ever truly know another person? Will the detective be able to stop the killer and find Jordan? Will Jordan's family ever be able to truly understand what kind of boy he was? This book was good. Seem to drag from time to time, a lot of repetition. But, overall a thriller worth reading. I do look forward to the next book in the series. I was given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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    Interesting start to a series

    The Night Caller by J.M. Hewitt is the first in the Detective Carrie Flynn series. First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.    Series Background:     DS Carrie Flynn lost her sister when she was a child.  Hattie was abducted, and never found.  Their mother has spent the last two decades in a nursing home, not speaking, not really there.  Carrie spent that time in foster care.  She has become a very independent woman, who doesn't really let people in.  She needs to be in control at all times, so stays away from booze and drugs.  She is partnered with DC Paul Harper. My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) Emma Robinson goes a little crazy when her 19-year old son Jordan goes missing, presumed drowned in the canal.  His body has not yet been found.   Some think he jumped.  Some think he was pushed.  Maybe he is still alive.  Maybe his father, never in the picture, had something to do with it.  Emma will do whatever she can to find her son. Jade and her 4 year old daughter Nia live next door to Emma, but are more family than neighbours, so Jade is trying to do everything she can to support her friend. There have been a dozen canal deaths over 6 years attributed to "The Pusher".  DS Carrie Flynn thinks the "new" pusher killed Jordan.   She is sure that a second pusher materialized a little while ago, after he/she killed the first one.  Carrie has no proof, but the victims changed.  The victims of the first pusher were all gays.  The victims now are drug dealers, pimps, abusers, and others with questionable behaviours....people that may deserve punishment.  However,  if Jordan was pushed, what was he hiding...why did he need to be punished?  And why does it seem that he has no friends, and his family seems not to know him at all?  What are they hiding? My Opinions:   This book is about secrets, and denial, and family and love.  It is also about mental health and control. I did figure out who the killer was, and anticipated the ending, but it was still done well. The writing is good, the plot was interesting, and most of the characters were good (I actually loved Mrs. Oberman).  However, my problem was with the protagonist.  The author did not give us enough background information to make Carrie likable.  She was rather boring.  I learned more about her from the book blurb, than I did from the book.  The book actually centered more around the family in crisis than it did around Carrie, or police procedures, which is fine, but it just seemed odd for such a series. This book was okay, and only the first in the series, so I am looking forward to seeing if the author will step up her game.  I hope so. There was nothing wrong with the book, it just lacked the thrill, for me anyway.

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