17 July 2021

Review: THE LAST GIRL, Jane Casey

  • This edition an e-book on my Kindle  (Amazon)
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B007W1BVM6
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 24, 2012
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1468 KB
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 484 pages 
  • #3 in the Maeve Kerrigan series

Synopsis (Amazon)

The teenage girl was the first victim.

Her throat cut to the bone, she didn’t stand a chance.

Her mother was the second.

She, at least, had time to fight back. Briefly.

Called to the South London crime scene, Maeve Kerrigan’s first thought is that this is a domestic dispute gone bad. But the husband – found bloody and unconscious in an upstairs room – insists he’s the third victim not the killer. However, the only witness is his young daughter. And she’s not talking...

My take

Their boss Superintendent Godley is waiting for DI Josh Derwent and DC Maeve Kerrigan when they arrive at the murder scene, for the husband, who was not killed is a well known QC, Philip Kennford. Right from the beginning Maeve feels they are not being told all there is to know. A mother and one of her 15 year old twin daughters have been killed and the other twin is not talking. The father is abrasive, waiting for the police to make wrong moves.

It turns out to be a very complex case and Superintendent Godley is also managing a second case related to conflict between rival gangs. Maeve is managing her new relationships with her misogynistic DI as well as a new live in partner.

As you can see from my list below I have missed out on reading some of the titles in the series, so I'm trying to catch up, but it is playing around with my sense of continuity, although in the major sense each title can be read as a stand-alone.

My rating: 4.4

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