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Good, but not a page turner.
Reviewed in Australia on 8 June 2016
In book 1, new team D.I. Jim Neal and D.S. Ava Merry investigate the stangulation murder of Amy Hill, a nineteen-year-old student. The crime was particularly brutal and Amy's body was dumped on open ground in the city. Simon was the last person to see her alive, but he mysteriously disappeared.
While investigating, the two detectives came across some pretty disturbing information involving family secrets and crimes. Of course the question was - can the mystery be solved and the murderer uncovered before another killing? Ava's life was put at risk when the investigation deepened.
The characters - D. I. Neal was handsome, successful, hardworking, intelligent and a single parent - all a little clichéd, really. He was experienced, yet he made a lot of errors during the investigation. Maybe this made him a little more realistic, but it just seemed a bit 'at odds' and didn't match his character outline. D.S. Merry was beautiful, complex and smart, but again, a little clichéd. However, they were relatable, as they worked their way through a fledgling partnership.
Overall, the flow and pace had a good feel. The plot was well-thought-out and all the ends were neatly tied, but it just lacked excitement (I wasn't inspired to get the second book.)
I recommend Dead Secret to those who like this genre, but while it's a good read, it's not a page turner.