Isaac’s idea to bring the reader to the police investigation via the Family Liaison Officer (FLO) is nothing short of genius. Book two in the DC Beth Chamberlain series, Presumed Guilty, is bloody brilliant, before I start harping on about why it’s so good, here’s the blurb.
Accident or murder?
The first victim – a prominent local councillor, killed in a hit and run ‒ could be either, but the next bodies leave no doubt. A twisted killer is at large. And he’s not finished yet.
DC Beth Chamberlain, Family Liaison Officer, has to support the victims’ families, but before she can solve the crimes in the present, Beth needs to uncover the secrets of the past.
Meanwhile, the killer has her in his sights…
‘Tense, dark and gritty: perfect combination.’ – Ian Patrick, author of Rubicon
The latest electrifying whodunnit from the bestselling author of After He’s Gone. If you’re a fan of Angela Marsons, Nicci French and Rachel Abbott, you won’t want to miss Presumed Guilty.
My thoughts …
What a cracker! An absolute bloody cracker again from Jane Isaac and the latest addition to her DC Beth Chamberlain series.
In Presumed Guilty, we see the police investigation from the view of the family liaison officer, Beth Chamberlain.
I find Beth to be an intriguing character. She isn’t your typical hard-nosed cow who will do anything to get a result and climb the ladder, but nor is she a pushover. She wears her heart on her sleeve a bit with one of her team members and her relationship with him is something I hope to see more of. Beth’s weakness seems to be her sister and niece, who she adores. With their parents both dead, Beth and Eden only have each other, especially since Eden’s divorce. Eden is a character who I think, and hope, is going to play a huge part in future books. I feel that Isaac is pathing the way for a huge storyline for her and the situation she’s in. Although not desperate times at the moment, things aren’t all rosy for Beth’s sister. Her ex is convinced their daughter would be better off with him, the local bad boy and suspected drug kingpin is chasing her, and she’s finding resisting him more and more difficult, even though she knows the problems this could cause Beth. I’ll be keeping my eye out!
One of the things I love about this series is that Beth is only a detective constable. normally, the lead character in a police procedural is the boss, the SIO on the case being solved, the one has to make the tough decisions and then justify them to the suits upstairs, and I love that.
We don’t see the usual tug of war between the superintendent above the main character, or the DCI doing the whole sod the rules, we’ll deal with the fallout when we’ve got a result type scenarios – I’m not saying these are bad, it’s just great to have the different perspective. Beth plays it by the book and follows her orders, to a certain extent and still manages to get the results needed.
Once again, with Beth’s main role being that of the FLO, we see the investigation more from the family’s point of view than the police’s, and it’s enthralling. It can make for some scenes which are more descriptive than action packed, but that helps the reader connect more with the families than you tend to do in these types of books.
Beth is developing into a character to be reckoned with and I can’t wait to see what Isaac has in store for her in the future.
Huge thanks to Emma Welton at damppebbles blog tours for having me on along, I’d highly recommend this one!
If you want to get your copy, and why wouldn’t you?, get over to Amazon now!
About the author …
Jane Isaac is married to a serving detective and they live in rural Northamptonshire, UK with their daughter, and dog, Bollo. Jane’s debut novel, An Unfamiliar Murder, introduces DCI Helen Lavery and was nominated as best mystery in the ‘eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook awards 2013.’
The Truth Will Out, the second in the DCI Helen Lavery series, was nominated as ‘Thriller of the Month – April 2014’ by E-thriller.com and winner of ‘Noveltunity book club selection – May 2014’.
Jane’ s seventh novel, Presumed Guilty, is the second in the highly acclaimed DC Beth Chamberlain (Family Liaison Officer) series.
The third DC Beth Chamberlain novel is scheduled for release in 2019, along with a new DCI Helen Lavery novel.
Jane loves to hear from readers and writers. You can reach her via her website at http://www.janeisaac.co.uk
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