The Jackdaw by Luke Delaney

Book is due to be published: 12 March 2015

DI Sean Corrigan and the Special Investigations Unit are on the hunt for a dangerous man. The Jackdaw has decided to punish the rich bankers for their part in the financial crisis, and one by one is taking them from the streets and then streaming their ‘trial’ on the Internet. As The Jackdaw describes their crimes, viewers can vote – guilty or not guilty – before he makes the final judgment and carries out the sentence.

Corrigan and his team have to work quickly to solve this case. Who is The Jackdaw? Where is he hiding? Who will his next victim be?

TheJackdawThis is the fourth book in the DI Sean Corrigan series by Luke Delaney. It is the first book from the series that I have read, however that did not cause any issues for me with relating to the characters or following background storylines. Delaney himself worked for the Metropolitan Police, and in CID, which I think adds an authenticity to his writing. The understanding of procedure, the internal politics, even just the conversations had by the characters – it all makes for a novel that completely draws you in. Delaney mentions various recent issues (as well as the obvious controversy with banks) that the police have had a significant role in, such as the phone hacking scandal and the high-profile celebrity paedophile investigations. By doing this he pulls you further into the story, making it seem like something that – worryingly – is actually feasible.

Although you get an insight into what The Jackdaw is doing and thinking, you’re never aware of what his plan is or who he is. You’re still completely enthralled, reading on, wanting to find out what is going to happen next and who the next victim will be. There are also other ongoing storylines for the main characters, which I am looking forward to find out more about when I go back and read the first three books in the series – which I will definitely do!

Delaney creates a depth to his characters, even the victims. He could have so easily made them your typical rich, greedy, London banker. Instead they all have their own motivation, reasons for what they are doing, thoughts about what they are doing etc. Nothing is overly simple, but nothing is over complicated. Delaney has managed to get a good balance between too much information and not enough. It’s this clever (and time relevant) storyline, multi-faceted characters, and the well-balanced descriptions that have all combined to make this a thoroughly enjoyable read.

If you like crime novels and thrillers then I would definitely recommend this book.

(Thank you to Harper Collins and Love Reading for my pre-released copy of the book.)

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Thirteen year old Joe Coutt’s life is thrown in to turmoil when his mother is attacked and raped on their reservation. Devastated by the attack and not wanting to talk to anyone, she simply goes to bed and remains there. His father, a tribal judge, does his best to help her and seek justice, but it seems to be out of his reach. Joe decides to take matters into his own hands and, along with his friends, he sets out to investigate the attack and find out the truth – hoping that life will go back to normal once his goal has been achieved.

This is the first book that I have read by Louise Erdrich, and despite the terrible events that set everything in motion, it is a beautiful book. The descriptions were incredible and the storyline was engaging, resulting me in truly caring about the characters. Whilst reading I laughed, empathised, was shocked, and heartbroken.

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Erdrich has taken a devastating subject and written about it in an incredibly thought-provoking way.   Strangely enough, although it was based on a terrible ordeal, with more bad things to come, the book wasn’t depressing or negative, in fact I found it quite uplifting in many places.

The back story of the characters was fantastic, the explanation of tribal life was detailed and descriptive – but not so much that you got bored.

Simply put, this story was about a family and community, who have their lives turned upside down and struggle to make sense of it all, and was a wonderful read.

(Reviewed 15 March 2013)

(Thanks to Corsair and Love Reading for my pre-released copy of the book.)