Several years ago I read and was enthralled by a novel written by one of my favourite authors, Zoe Sharp.
But not Charlie Fox as the protagonist this time, but Kelly Jacks. A crime scene specialist who was convicted of a bloody murder that she didn’t commit. Having served her sentence – six years for involuntary manslaughter, she takes the only job on offer with a former mentor, as part of a crime scene cleaning crew.
When sent out to a so-called suicide, she sees evidence that perhaps conflicts with the police verdict and from then on finds herself in a series of terrifying episodes. Fortunately, her six years in jail have prepared her for looking after herself and fighting back.
She asks questions that somebody doesn’t want answered and finds herself in the nightmare of once again being branded a killer. We follow her through this nightmare as she tries to clear her name, with no help on any side. Pursued by the police, Russian thugs and a so called respected businessman (here read gangster) she struggles to keep ahead of the pursuit.
The skills she learned while serving her sentence stand her in good stead and eventually with some unexpected help she succeeds in not only clearing her name but also in helping to capture the real criminals.
This is a sitting on the edge of your seat story that I couldn’t put down. I read in while eating breakfast, waiting for the laundry to finish and then stretched out on the couch letting the rest of the world go by.
I thoroughly recommend this new protagonist and seriously hope that Zoe will be giving us more of this feisty, believable character soon.
“But, how do you know if an ending is
truly good for the characters unless you’ve
traveled with them through every page?”
Shannon Hale, American author of young adult fantasy
and adult fiction. 1974 –