Some more from April! Just playing some catch up on blog posts.
Thanks to Dutton Books for the free copies in exchange for our honest reviews.
THE KILLER IN ME – Olivia Kiernan (out now!)
Check out our thoughts on book one in the series, TOO CLOSE TO BREATHE, and a fun author Q&A here.
Chandra’s Thoughts: 4/5 stars
I read book one in this series last year and while I liked it, I wasn’t completely sold… but this happens sometimes as the first in a series is usually a mish mosh of getting to know the characters and a feel for the writing. It did keep me curious enough to want to continue and I’m so glad that I did.
Frankie is a strong character and I love her tenacity and love for her job. This fast paced police procedural keeps you on your toes and guessing… did he? Didn’t he? Frankie’s so suspect (see what I did there…) about whether this man who claims to be innocent actually IS. She really doesn’t want to look into it and is absolutely skeptical but then the more information that becomes available the more she begins to question everything.
Kiernan does a fantastic job giving each character their own voice and there were quite a few, but you never got lost on what was happening in the scenes. I love stories that deal with the innocent til proven guilty/guilty until proven innocent. It’s all too often that people get wrongly convicted.
A series I will definitely continue.
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars
This is book two in the Frankie Sheehan series and I would say you could read this as a standalone book without issue. We start the book out with Frankie meeting up with her sister-in-law to talk with a client of hers that she is trying to overturn a guilty conviction for – and it’s sure to be a high profile deal. To Frankie’s shock, she finds herself face-to-face with Seán Hennessey. Seán was a convicted murderer; he had killed his parents and attempted to kill his sister. Now that he has served his time, he is determined to get his conviction overturned and is adamant that he is innocent.
Meanwhile, Frankie is faced with a double homicide case. A married couple found murdered in the nearby church and a gruesome but calculated crime scene leads Frankie to believe that these murders aren’t over. Could this be the work of Hennessey? Kiernan does a fantastic job weaving together these two cases. As Frankie is consulting on Hennessey’s case and trying to solve the current murders, Kiernan expertly feeds us the details we need as the story progresses.
I really enjoy seeing Frankie continue to grow as a character and I think that she got some more development from book one. However, that being said, you can still pick up in this book and not feel lost without having read TOO CLOSE TO BREATHE. I think those that like the documentaries such as Making a Murderer will enjoy the case involving Seán Hennessey as they try to determine if he is actually innocent. This has the elements we all love in a who-dun-it read and it’s not too heavy in the procedural portion of the crime fiction genre.
Overall, if you’re looking for a new crime series, then I would highly recommend getting acquainted with DCSI Frankie Sheehan. I can’t wait to see where this series will go next.