Déjà Dead by Kathy Reichs

Déjà Dead by Kathy Reichs is the first book in the Temperance Brennan series which the TV show Bones was based on. I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while but kept being put off due to the fact that I’ve watched all of the TV show (ironically this was also the reason I wanted to read the book!). 

Déjà Dead by Kathy ReichsLuckily the book was chosen in a poll in an online bookclub I’m in, so at the beginning of May I started reading the book. 

I was quite surprised to see that the book was nothing like the TV show! Yes the main character is Temperance Brennan, and yes she is a forensic anthropologist, however that’s where the similarities end. The supporting characters are different, the setting is different (in Canada instead of America, and Brennan is working for the police rather than a museum). 

I found that this worked out really well for me. I already liked the character of Brennan (even though she was also different) so I very quickly got absorbed into the book. 

The story itself was a very good read. I had no idea who the perpetrator was and there were a number of occasions where I was tense and eager to read what happened next – I love a book that is able to make things feel suspenseful like in a film, but without all the background music etc. It just proves to me that the writer is really good at what they do. 

The only thing that pulled me out of concentration occasionally was when Reichs was explaining where Brennan was going and the layout of the city. The only reason it pulled me out was because all the place names were French so I kept tripping up over the pronunciation of them (even though it was in my head). I’m sure that once I’ve read a few more of the books I will be more used to them and reading more fluidly. And I will definitely be reading more of the series! The writing was fantastic and I really want to know what happens with Brennan and the rest of the characters. 

If you like a bit of criminal mystery, with some science thrown in then I highly recommend this book for you to read. 

The Never Game by Jeffery Deaver

This book will be released in the UK on May 16 2019

Jeffery Deaver is an American author. He has written a lot of books, including three which have been made into films.

The Never Game book coverThe Never Game is the first book in a new series, and follows Colter Shaw as he gets embroiled in a game he didn’t expect.

Colter Shaw finds people. He’s not a cop or a bounty hunter, but he earns money by looking for people who are missing and there is a reward to find them. He’s good at what he does.

Shaw had a different upbringing. Brought up on ‘the compound’ he was home schooled and alongside that was taught hunting and survivor training.

As soon as you start reading this you’re pulled into the action. Shaw is desperately trying to rescue a woman in a sinking boat. Then we go back to the beginning and you find out how he got there.

I found the story engrossing from the start. I wanted to know more about Shaw, I wanted to understand what was happening. Deaver is very good, he regularly drip feeds you information and answers, but leaves enough out to keep you wanting to read more.

I really enjoyed this book, and I’m pleased that I got a chance to read the first in a new series before there are too many books to catch up with. I will definitely be reading the next book, there is so much about Shaw I want to know and a very important unanswered question from his childhood.

If you like crime and mystery then I strongly recommend that you read this book!

Thank you to LoveReading and HarperCollins for sending me the book to review.

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.)