Let the Dead Speak – Jane Casey

Happy release day to book 7 in the Maeve Kerrigan series!

LET THE DEAD SPEAK by Jane Casey is out today – July 25th 🙂

Thank you to Minotaur Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review – now I’m hooked on Maeve Kerrigan.

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My Thoughts: 4.5/5 stars!

I was definitely hesitant when I learned that this was book 7 in the Maeve Kerrigan series. However, I am going to be picking up the other 6 because I loved this one! Jane Casey did an incredible job with having LET THE DEAD SPEAK hold up as a standalone.

Chloe Emery, 18, returns to her home in West London to discover that her mother is missing. Whats worse, the house is covered in blood. All signs clearly point to murder, but there’s only one problem, there isn’t a body.

Detective Maeve Kerrigan and her homicide team are on the case. Their first plan of action is to talk to the neighbors. We meet a plethora of characters as they gather statements. We meet the Norris family. They reluctantly take Chloe in after the ordeal, and the ultra-religious family makes it very difficult for Maeve to question them and talk to Chloe. Their daughter, Bethany, is Chloe’s best friend and the two of them are suspiciously silent on the matter. Making Maeve suspicious that they’re hiding something. Kerrigan and her team are then lead to William Turner. Turner has a seedy past – he was accused of stabbing a classmate and is known as a criminal in the neighborhood. Seems like the perfect suspect, right? Kerrigan must dig deeper to see if he’s their man or if he’s simply the scapegoat.

As the team struggles to find a body, the pressure is on for them to patch together the testimonies and weed through the accusations. Will they be able to find Kate Emery? Are more people at risk?

I was worried I wouldn’t be able to connect to the characters, since I’m coming in so late. I was pleasantly surprised that I wasn’t lost and could still have character development in the returning characters. Maeve Kerrigan is incredibly likeable. She’s flawed and feels very human. She doesn’t hide her emotions and is determined. Her relationship with Josh Derwet was great – their interactions were always fun to read. Georgia was an incredibly irritating character and I’m sure I’m not the only reader that absolutely hated her. The pacing was great and I read it in a day. So many twists!

Overall, if you want a great crime thriller with plenty of twists, great characters, and a fast pace then look no further!

I’m ready to go out and get books 1-6! Have you read anything in the Maeve Kerrigan series?

–Jess

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