Genre: Detective Thriller
A BLOOD THIRSTY KILLER HAS TAKEN HIS FIRST VICTIM AND HE’S GOING TO KILL AGAIN.
On what becomes her last day as a uniformed police officer, Lucy Collins discovers the body of a woman at a construction site while on patrol.
THE INVESTIGATION TEAM IS FAST RUNNING OUT OF LEADS AND TIME.
The next day Lucy gets the news she’d been waiting for. She’s been promoted to Detective and she joins the CID team investigating the murder of the woman whose body she’d discovered. But every hopeful lead comes to a dead-end with no new ones on the horizon.
AND THE KILLER’S NEXT TARGET IS ONE OF THE INVESTIGATION TEAM.
My Take: This is one of my favorite genres. From Nancy Drew to Bones, to Law and Order, I absolutely love detective thrillers. And yet, I did not love this book. I really wanted to, but I just couldn’t. Detective Lucy Collins sort of falls flat for me. She just fell into her position, and never wowed me. The killer was slightly more interesting, but only slightly. The end was a bit cliché, and even the Sherlock-esque character of DCI Harry Bell was a disappointment.
I do love that the author did a lot of research. There are some great links as the end of the book, along with stats. I think part of my struggle was that I am not familiar enough with the English legal system. The different ranks meant nothing to me, and there wasn’t even a brief explanation. Of course, I recognize that this is a flaw in American stories (mine included) as well. I don’t think this is necessarily a flaw of the writing, but it did make it difficult for me to get into the story. The way she was promoted felt like deus ex machina. Perhaps it does happen like that in England. I don’t know.
This is apparently the second book in the series, and stands alone great which I think is always a plus. There were grammar and sentence structure issues for me, but as I have not read enough British authors, I won’t take off for that. I am not familiar enough with the British English writing rules so they may not have been wrong, merely pulled me out of the story.
If you like British Detective Thrillers, give Let it Bleed a try and let me know what you thought.
Until next time,