I was happy to see this book on Netgalley. I had wanted to read it since it was the book of the month on Goodreads in the Kindle English Mystery Club under the title Locked In.
At the beginning, we meet recently promoted to Detective Sergeant, Jessica Daniel. By luck of the draw or the fact her colleagues were tied up on other cases, Jessica lands the murder case of a divorced woman, Yvonne Christensen. She was found locked in her home strangled to death. As Jess investigates, we meet others in her team, a smarmy defense lawyer, and a novice journalist hoping for the case to be his big break and a way out of his dead end job.
This police procedural starts off quickly and maintains the pace throughout, definitely a thriller! As more murders occur, DS Daniel and the journalist, Garry, look for connections, trying to unmask the killer. The stories of the victim’s families unfold showing the after effects of the brutal crimes. There is a strong sense of building tension that leads naturally to the exposure of previous crimes and the reveal of the killer.
Even though it is fast paced, we do get some background details of Jessica to flesh out her character and help the reader understand who she is as a person and a detective. There are subplots involving her retired ex-partner and her flatmate/best friend, which are important and add to the main plot line.
An exciting, fast paced, police procedural with an engaging new DS to follow. This is one I would definitely recommend!