Next Victim by Helen Durrant is the latest book I’ve chosen to review for a blog tour. This review is an easy one to write because I genuinely really enjoyed it. I chose to review it because I don’t really choose to read detective/crime novels very often. That in itself is pretty weird because 99% of my TV viewing is crime and detective based!
Next Victim follows Detective Rachel King as she is handed a new case, the gruesome murder of a young man in Manchester. It follows her as she investigates the case with her team, try’s to juggle a hectic personal life and handle an unwanted intrusion into her life from an ex partner.
I think Rachel’s character is one of the reasons why I enjoyed this book as much as I did. She’s easy to relate to. I think most working mums deal with the guilt and pressures she does, although most of us probably don’t have to solve a murder at the same time! She makes mistakes, wrong judgement calls and has to try and deal with the consequences of this.
I liked the twists in the book, and there were a few of them, including the compulsory red herring in a crime novel. However, I did figure out the identity of the killer about halfway through the novel, and the got frustrated that it seemed to take the police so long to figure it.
I would definitely recommend the book, and it looks like it’s part of a series. I would gladly read the ones that follow because there is so much scope for character development and I would love to see where the series takes them.
About the author
HELEN H. DURRANT
OVER 700,000 books sold of her Calladine & Bayliss and DI Greco Series
I’m one of the ‘baby boomer’ generation. I was born in Edinburgh to an English father and Scottish mother. My father was from the North West of England and this was where the family settled.
I know the area well, both the good and the bad, and so I set my books here. Sitting between two counties, Lancashire and Yorkshire, and between the city and the hills, it offers a rich mix of the industrial and the countryside and all the character therein. I always planned to write crime novels — to create the characters in my books. Since my retirement from a busy teaching job in FE, this is what I’ve done — almost to exclusion of anything else!
I have a grown-up family and five grandchildren. They see me as something of an eccentric — always on my laptop writing away. Writing is something of a second career and, despite having a bus pass, keeps me busy, young and tuned in the world as it currently is.