ReillySteel (although in my copy she was called Riley) is one of the FBI’s finest forensic staff, on loan to the Irish forensic unit, GDU, for training purposes. Unfortunately, she’s not long been there when a gruesome double suicide/murder is discovered. And the police aren’t certain that a suicide from the week before is actually a suicide. Riley has to put together the clues before the killer makes it personal…
I have to say, I really enjoyed this. It was a little overly gruesome at times, with dead bodies turning up in all sorts of places and states, but Riley is a fun character – she reminded me not a little of Dr Temperance Brennan of Kathy Reichs’ books (and the Bones TV series) – highly intelligent, a bit emotionally absent, and with ALL SORTS of personal issues going on. Chris Delaney is a bit dishy (of course he is, the male lead always is), but the other characters are a good mix too – grumpy old policemen who want nothing to do with a young American, Riley’s mentor Daniel, who is a bit ivory-tower-ish.
Casey Hill writes a cracking plot, drops out the clues at almost the right rate (I figured it out a bit early, but not too early), and shows real potential when it comes to characters. I’m looking forward to reading more about Riley!
This came to me in the same packet as Snapshot and I was really relieved to find this book so enjoyable after that was so dire.
The cover I’ve shown is not the cover of the copy I received (which was an uncorrected ARC – and it did still want for a spot of proofreading), but the cover of mine was rather amusing – and the scalpel image made a bit more sense (click to enlarge).
Obviously not appropriate for general release – but a nice touch for an ARC!
I’ll be giving away my ARC of this book (in fact I’ll be giving away two copies, as I have two copies lying around here), along with another review copy I received, next week, so look out for that.