When practising what you preach is easier said than done…
Professor Maxie Reddick has her reasons for being sceptical of traditional policing methods, but, in between her criminology lecturing job and her Criminal Thoughts podcast, she stays firmly on the sidelines of the crime solving world.
Then a young woman is brutally attacked, and suddenly it’s essential that Maxie turns her words into actions; this is no longer an academic exercise–this is somebody’s life.
But as she delves deeper, the case takes a sickening turn, which leads Maxie to the horrifying realisation that the attack might not have been a one-off. It seems there’s a depraved individual out there seeking revenge, and they’ll stop at nothing to get it… little by little… one by one.
Helen Bridgett lives in the North East of England. Outside of writing feel good fiction, Helen loves the great outdoors and having a good laugh with friends over a glass of wine. Helen lives with her husband and their chocolate Labrador, Angus; all three can often be found walking the Northumberland coastline that inspired her romantic comedy, Summer at Serenity Bay.
I enjoyed this book, I liked that it took a different angle on crime solving – Maxie is a professor of criminology and knows an awful lot about crime but isn’t a police officer or PI, she’s just very determined. Her methodical stance is at odds with the way the police want to carry out their investigation. She’s looking for the motive; they’re looking for suspects.
Her single mindedness almost costs her everything else though – oblivious to what’s going on with her husband and son, she’s shocked when things take a dark turn for her family.
This was an intelligent, well written and compelling book. I look forward to the next one.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.