Cruel Acts by Jane Casey

How can you spot a murderer?

Leo Stone is a ruthless killer – or the victim of a miscarriage of justice.  A year ago, he was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.  But now, he’s free, and according to him, he’s innocent.

DS Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent are determined to put Stone back behind bars where he belongs, but the more Maeve finds out, the less convinced she is of his guilt.  

Then another woman disappears in similar circumstances.  Is there a copycat killer, or have they been wrong about Stone from the start?

cruel acts

I’m a bit sad I haven’t discovered Maeve Kerrigan before now.  Even from the press release, I had a feeling she and I would get along.  I’ve already ordered the first book in the series and can’t wait for it to arrive. For me, there’s nothing better than discovering a decent, gritty book series.

I didn’t feel any sense of loss because I’ve come along to this series on the 8th book.  It could very easily be read as a standalone novel, although I am very excited to get going on the rest of the series.

In the press release, there are many fabulous words used to describe this book, such as “compulsive, menacing and moving”, and they’re all true.  Every fabulous description of this book and Jane’s writing is true.

If you like crime fiction and strong female characters, you’ll love Cruel Acts.  Like I said above, I wish I’d come across Maeve Kerrigan much sooner than I did.  Maeve and DI Josh Derwent make for a great lead pair and there are some genuine interactions between the pair throughout the book that I really enjoyed.

Jane Casey’s writing is very believable, even if you have no experience of law, crime or dangerous offenders.  It’s everything you would hope for and expect it to be, especially from someone who has such an insight into the brutal underbelly of urban life.  Crime fiction isn’t something I’ve read a huge amount of over the years and there’s always been a reason for that – I haven’t found many female leads I have wanted to invest in.

I couldn’t give this book enough praise.  It’s dark, menacing and very believable.

Find it here for purchase from tomorrow, 18th April 2019.

I’m so glad to have discovered Maeve Kerrigan and I have no doubt you will be too!

Many thanks for the copy of this compulsive read go to Harper Collins Publishers.




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Mother of Dragons, rugby coach and eternal dreamer. I love nothing more than being lost down the rabbit hole of books and my Kindle. With a pinch of empowerment, a teaspoon of solitude and the odd G&T I'm not shy of an opinion or letting you know what passions stir my mind! Musings of a binge reader.

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