Wednesday 13 May 2020

Book Review: Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey

Last Updated: 16 October 2021

Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey book cover

AD* | When eighteen-year-old Chloe Emery returns to her West London home she finds her mother missing, the house covered in blood. Everything points to murder, except for one thing: there’s no sign of the body.

London detective Maeve Kerrigan and the homicide team turn their attention to the neighbours. The ultra-religious Norrises are acting suspiciously; their teenage daughter and Chloe Emery definitely have something to hide. Then there’s William Turner, once accused of stabbing a schoolmate and the neighbourhood’s favourite criminal. Is he merely a scapegoat, or is there more behind the charismatic fa├žade?

As a body fails to materialise, Maeve must piece together a patchwork of testimonies and accusations. Who is lying, and who is not? And soon Maeve starts to realize that not only will the answer lead to Kate Emery, but more lives may hang in the balance.

The seventh book in the Maeve Kerrigan series, Let the Dead Speak is a chilling thriller that is sure to grip you right from the very first page!

Initially, it seems like this is going to be another classic whodunnit murder mystery. The only issue is that there's one key problem - there is no body. The story is full of suspense and intrigue, keeping you guessing throughout with plenty of unexpected twists and turns to keep the plot going. It's gritty and dark, yet it's hard to work out what's going to happen until it does.

Maeve is the main character and she's a dedicated, determined individual who is clearly very good at her job. She's focused and practical yet isn't afraid to let her instincts take over and guide her towards a clue or a particular suspect. It's clear that there is plenty of history between Maeve and Derwent, which I'm sure has been explored in the first six books of the series, yet not knowing the intricacies of their backstories doesn't detract from the overall plot of this book as a standalone novel.

In terms of the suspects, it seems that everyone has something to hide. However, this only serves to heighten the suspense and make things even more intriguing. Do people know more than they are letting on? Things slowly start to fall into place as the story progresses yet this certainly doesn't mean that the book doesn't pack a punch, as surprises are in store right up until the very end.

Although this is the first Maeve Kerrigan book I've had the pleasure of reading, I'm sure it won't be the last, as I've already got my eye on the next book in the series! 

Rating: 4 stars 

Let the Dead Speak is available to buy now.

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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