OMFG … The Death of Jessica Ripley is one of my favourite books … EVER!
I’m over the moon to be sharing my review today as part of the blog tour.
First, here’s the blurb …
Jessica Ripley didn’t kill her ex-husband. But everyone thinks she did. After serving twelve years for his murder, it’s time to get her own back on those who put her inside.
During those twelve years, Jessy’s son, Michael, has turned against her. Whatever mercy Jessy had for her intended victims, just blew away.
CSI Eddie Collins is having a hard time watching his father enjoying life. He’s also having it tough in the form of two new recruits to his office. One is off his tree on drugs and the other wants his job.
And then the murders begin.Can Eddie trust the evidence, or is someone twisting it, desperate to get even? And who did kill Jessy’s ex?
My thoughts …
I’ve known about Andrew Barrett and his books for ages and they have always sat on my TBR pile, but I’ve never gotten around to reading one, until now. And boy am I glad I did!
The Death of Jessica Ripley has shot straight onto my all time favourite reads list!
Crime thrillers with a difference, the CSI Eddie Collins series is gritty, honest, and utterly brilliant. I loved every word on every page of this one and will most definitely going back to the start.
The Death of Jessica Ripley can be read as a standalone, I had no issues with spoilers or not understanding the characters. Perfectly executed!
So, Jessica Ripley, as the blurb tells, us, is locked up for killing her ex-husband. Only she didn’t kill him. Twelve years later she is out, her now fourteen-year-old son won’t speak to her, and she has nothing but twelve years of revenge planning to see her through the day.
I adored Jessica. A brave and brilliant woman at the start, she was trying to escape her violent husband and give her and her a son a decent and safe life. Now she’s desperate to get her boy back and start afresh. She’d been dreaming of this every day she spent locked up. But he isn’t interested and my heart broke for her. I was immediately on her side and that is some skill from the author as we get about three pages of her story at the start of the book and within those, he’s managed to create a character who readers have no choice but to root for.
I was hooked and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out how her story ended.
Eddie Collins is my new favourite CSI. He beats Gil Grissom (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) and Mac Taylor (CSI: New York) hands down. He is grumpy, rude, hilarious, and beyond brilliant at his job. I adored how he handled his staff and the crime scenes and everything going on his life, which to fair, isn’t a lot. I totally fell in love with him and his team.
I think it’s brilliant how we get to see a murder investigation from the CSI point of view. Yes, I know there a lots of American shows that do that, but I like books and this series shows us the nitty gritty of the British CSI world.
The Death of Jessica Ripley is a wicked and wonderful story of revenge and retribution, perfectly plotted by the author, with a cast of lovable, loathable, and believable characters, and it had me gripped from the first to the last.
Hugest of thanks to the author and Sarah over at Book on the Bright Side publicity for inviting me on to the blog tour – I flipping LOVED this one!
Bookworms, go and get your copy now!
About the author …
Andrew Barrett has enjoyed variety in his professional life, from engine-builder to farmer, from Oilfield Service Technician in Kuwait, to his current role of Senior CSI in Yorkshire.
He’s been a CSI since 1996, and has worked on all scene types from terrorism to murder, suicide to rape, drugs manufacture to bomb scenes. One way or another, Andrew’s life revolves around crime.
In 1997 he finished his first crime thriller, A Long Time Dead, and it’s still a readers’ favourite today, some 150,000 copies later, topping the Amazon charts several times. Two more books featuring SOCO Roger Conniston completed the trilogy.
Today, Andrew is still producing authentic crime thrillers with a forensic flavour that attract attention from readers worldwide. He’s also attracted attention from the Yorkshire media, having been featured in the Yorkshire Post and interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds.
He’s best known for his lead character, CSI Eddie Collins, and the acerbic way in which he roots out criminals, and administers justice. Eddie’s series is five books and three novellas in length, and there’s still more to come.
Andrew has recently discovered the delights of writing stand-alones, with one under his belt another under way.
Andrew is a proud Yorkshireman and sets all of his novels there, using his home city of Leeds as another major, and complementary, character in each of the stories.
You can find out more about him and his writing at www.andrewbarrett.co.uk
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