Let the Dead Speak Book Cover Let the Dead Speak
Maeve Kerrigan, Book 7
Jane Casey
women sleuths, police procedural, psychological, murder, mystery
HarperCollins
March 1, 2017
400

'Casey's writing is compulsive, menacing and moving' Sophie Hannah In the chilling new crime novel from award-winning author Jane Casey, Detective Maeve Kerrigan and the murder squad must navigate a web of lies to discover the truth... A murder without a body Eighteen-year-old Chloe Emery returns to her West London home one day to find the house covered in blood and Kate, her mother, gone. There may not be a body, but everything else points to murder. A girl too scared to talk Maeve Kerrigan is young, ambitious and determined to prove she's up to her new role as detective sergeant. She suspects Chloe is holding something back, but best friend Bethany Norris won't let Maeve get close. What exactly is Bethany protecting Chloe from? A detective with everything to prove As the team dig deeper into the residents of Valerian Road, no one is above suspicion. All Maeve needs is one person to talk, but that's not going to happen. Because even in a case of murder, some secrets are too terrible to share...

A complex story with many red herrings for the police to sort through and which DS Kerrigan finally does, but not without learning about her own issues along the way.

Whilst I liked this policewoman, I think it is time that we had lead female police characters without so much baggage. Ones that their colleagues all like and are still good at their jobs, ones with happy families and children, but yes, working as a detective will put strains on a family life but they could resolve them without divorce or adultery or…

So here the story starts with Chloe coming home unexpectedly from her father’s to find her mother missing and the house covered in (her mother’s) blood.

There is a presumption of murder but they cannot find her body.

Chloe is, according to her mother and some experts, learning disabled, but still she has a firm friendship with Bethany a neighbour, some years younger than her. Bethany’s family belong to a local religious group that favour Abrahamical teachings, with full immersion baptism and the man being the head of the household and the woman the home-maker. They shun modern appliances such as mobile phones and Bethany ‘s life is quite constrained. But her friendship with Chloe is tolerated, despite their concerns over her mother’s activities – as they perceive them.

The story involves many issues relating to religious tolerance and beliefs as well as who do you believe and what do past actions mean for who you are now – can you change your character?

A nice, if fairly standard, police detective novel with the denouement being behind several twists and turns.

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