The Devil’s Claw – Lara Dearman

Happy belated release day!

Thanks to Crooked Lane Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

THE DEVIL’S CLAW – Lara Dearman (Release January 9th, 2018!)

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My Thoughts: 4.5/5 stars!

The start of a new crime series, but from the perspective of a journalist. THE DEVIL’S CLAW by Lara Dearman is a page-turning read as Jennifer fights to find the killer before he finds her.

Jennifer Dorey moves back home to Guernsey after a traumatic event in London. She takes a job as a reporter for their local newspaper. When a woman is found on the beach – death by drowning – Jennifer begins her research and discovers that this is similar to deaths that have been occurring over the last half century. With DCI Michael Gilbert, they venture through folklore, island myths, and the dark history from when Nazi occupation took hold. Will they be able to stop this killer that has been running loose for 50 years?

I loved the snippets of history mixed into this psychological thriller. You get a peek into the Nazi occupation and what happened in Guernsey. How this played a role in the investigation was woven expertly by Dearman. Jennifer is a great lead character – a journalist trying to recover from a traumatizing event. I am very curious to see where she is taken as the series progresses. The dynamic between Jennifer and Michael was great. They played off each other well and you got to see each of them develop as the story progressed.

To some, this might start out a little slower than you’re wanting for a psychological thriller, but it picks up and doesn’t stop. The unknown narrator was eerie and when the final reveal came the tension was at an all time high. How can a serial killer go unpunished for FIFTY years? The added folklore element made this a more unique read and helped bring us into the mind of this killer.

Overall, if you want a great psychological thriller that isn’t from the perspective of a police officer, then you’ll love the start of the Jennifer Dorey series. I liked the uniqueness of this thriller and can’t wait for more from Dearman!

 

Check back later for the collective #allthebookreviews thoughts 🙂

–Jess

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