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Deep Fear: 2 Paperback – Import, 11 April 2019
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- Publisher : Canelo (11 April 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1788634004
- ISBN-13 : 978-1788634007
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 388,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
'What a nail-biter! I was with DI Kelly Porter every inch of the way and was a physical wreck by the end of the book' Carol Wyer, author of Little Girl Lost on Bitter Edge
About the Author
Rachel Lynch grew up in Cumbria and the lakes and fells are never far away from her. London pulled her away to teach History and marry an Army Officer, whom she followed around the globe for thirteen years. A change of career after children led to personal training and sports therapy, but writing was always the overwhelming force driving the future. The human capacity for compassion as well as its descent into the brutal and murky world of crime are fundamental to her work.
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I really liked the plot and the setting was beautiful (if it ever can be the case with murders). The building up to the point when finally we (the reader and the DI) find out who the killer is was brilliant. And then came a twist that made for an even better ending, with moments fearing the worst for not only Kelly Porter but her family as well.
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The first body to appear is left naked in a churchyard and as soon as Kelly lays eyes on the body, she knows that this is not a straightforward murder case. The attack seems personal with the killer appearing to be trying to send a message in several vicious ways. Kelly and her team set about trying to work out the puzzle left by the killer and have not made much headway when news of a second body comes in. Another woman has been found, naked at a different beauty spot in The Lakes and when Kelly gets confirmation that it is the same killer, she knows that the team are now against the clock to find them before anymore bodies appear. Especially with a possible leak tipping off the press, who then give the killer a nickname and cause unrest in the community by questioning why the police haven’t found them yet.
I love this series. Dark and gritty but set in one of the most beautiful places in the world makes for an interesting contradiction! Fast paced and with what felt like a huge cast of suspects and a fair few red herrings, the story is woven really well and I was left with no idea who the killer was until the reveal! This is fast becoming a new favourite series of mine and I really enjoyed the development of, not just Kelly’s character, but the supporting roles of her family and colleagues and their relationships. I am very much looking forward to book three!
So much impresses here. Perhaps most of all descriptions of the Lake DIstrict itself, clearly held in such affection by Rachel Lynch. Then there is the characterization. Except for a few really nasty people, most are described with heart and humanity, even when so briefly appearing (as with the unfortunate who finds the first body). DI Kelly Porter herself appeals, she heading the investigation with respect for her overstretched colleagues - she a superb role model for enthusiastic rookie DC Shawcross. Movingly she tries hard to ensure personal problems do not interfere - mother Wendy with terminal cancer, sister Nikki so shrilly uncooperative.
Also coming over strongly is the scale of the operation - seventy officers involved, over thirteen thousand working hours clocked up as everything so painstakingly investigated. Meanwhile the media taunts that so little seems achieved.
So many suspects. Clever the reader who identifies the culprit.
An engrossing read. One of a series. How good to know there are others to enjoy.
I didn't read the first book in the series due to the subject matter (animals) and I was expecting this second one to be fairly dark. I didn't find it overly graphic (then again, I read Karin Slaughter books) but others may find some parts disturbing. The character who came across the best was new DC, Rob Shawcross. I think he could be a character to watch.
Overall it was an OK read but I felt the main character spent way too much time thinking about her boyfriend whilst on a case. Also, what's with the heavy handed digs at single people? That somehow because she's not married with kids, Kelly, a DI with a great career, has not yet "grown up". It got old very quickly.
The main thrust of her novels seems to focus on Porter's relationships with her Mother and sister then with her boyfriend at the expense of the thread of the novel's presumed target ,namely solving the puzzle of identifying the culprit/culprits .
They're a good read if you're familiar with the Northern lake district and Ullswater in particular.
Perhaps a bit tame graphically especially if you're used to the Rankin/Ellroy style.
I do wonder how well Lynch really knows the operational organisation and methods of the Cumbria constabulary ,given that Porter only seems to relate to Manchester for more technical issues whereas in fact they're more likely to engage with Newcastle which is considerably closer to the Lake district.
That said, having lived and worked in Watermillock myself I found them gripping and entertaining.
They're more "Cosy crime" than "Gore and glory" in style.
A refreshing series well written and structured.