Book Review: The Close by Jane Casey

At first glance, Jellicoe Close seems to be a perfect suburban street – well-kept houses with pristine lawns, neighbours chatting over garden fences, children playing together.

But there are dark secrets behind the neat front doors, hidden dangers that include a ruthless criminal who will stop at nothing.

It’s up to DS Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwentto uncover the truth. Posing as a couple, they move into the Close, blurring the lines between professional and personal as never before.

And while Maeve and Josh try to gather the evidence they need, they have no idea of the danger they face – because someone in Jellicoe Close has murder on their mind.

Review

Jane Casey hasn’t done me wrong yet and The Close was no exception. It’s the tenth book in the DS Maeve Kerrigan series. While I haven’t read all the books in the series, nor was what I read in order, I really feel I didn’t have to. Yes, it’s good to get a better overview of Maeve’s background and progression as a character, but the author gives so much to the characters within each individual book, that you really feel them evolve anyway. And Maeve is such a wonderful character. Brave and strong yet vulnerable, making her all the more likeable. I feel the author also uses The Close to peel back some of Josh’s layers, and I certainly took to him a lot more in this book.

I’m usually not a huge fan of police dramas but there is something about The Close (and the other books in this series) that just appeal to me. I think it’s the balance between the police investigation and the actual plot. While we get the ins and outs of the investigation, we also get to be right inside the evolving crime, and even get some chapters told directly by the perpetrator. I feel this approach helps me become more connected with the overall story, and more characters than just the police force.

I really enjoyed The Close. It had such an engaging plot and it really strengthened my connection with Maeve.

If you would like to give it a read, you can pick up a copy here.

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