From Goodreads: “New York Times” bestselling author Deborah Crombie makes her mark with this absorbing, finely hued tale of suspense–a deeply atmospheric and twisting mystery full of deadly secrets, salacious lies, and unexpected betrayals involving the mysterious drowning of a Met detective–an accomplished rower–on the Thames.
When a K9 search-and-rescue team discovers a woman’s body tangled up with debris in the river, Scotland Yard superintendent Duncan Kincaid finds himself heading an investigation fraught with complications. The victim, Rebecca Meredith, was a talented but difficult woman with many admirers–and just as many enemies. An Olympic contender on the verge of a controversial comeback, she was also a high-ranking detective with the Met–a fact that raises a host of political and ethical issues in an already sensitive case.
To further complicate the situation, a separate investigation, led by Detective Inspector Gemma James, Kincaid’s wife, soon reveals a disturbing–and possibly related–series of crimes, widening the field of suspects. But when someone tries to kill the search-and-rescue team member who found Rebecca’s body, the case becomes even more complex and dangerous, involving powerful interests with tentacles that reach deep into the heart of the Met itself.
Surrounded by enemies with friendly faces, pressured to find answers quickly while protecting the Yard at all costs, his career and reputation on the line, Kincaid must race to catch the killer before more innocent lives are lost–including his own.
Received for Review
Overall Rating 4.25
Story Rating 4.50
Character Rating 4.00
First thought when finished: I really like Deborah Crombie’s writing and didn’t feel lost once even though this is the first book I have read by her.
What I Loved: Deborah Crombie was excellent at making a series book easy enough to read as a stand alone. I imagine that fans of the series will pick up on some of the character things more than I did. However, it was the mystery itself that pulled me in. I was never quite sure who did it or what relationships (the suspects) were not quite what they seemed. This to me is an excellent mark of a good thriller.
What I Liked: I really liked the setting with the pubs, English countryside, and fun sayings. I was really taken away by the way Deborah captured the small nuances that made you feel like you were transported over the pond.
Final Thought: While I really wish I would have read a few more in the series before this one, I never felt lost. I would highly recommend this book to mystery/thriller fans.
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