Thursday, 20 October 2016

CRIME THRILLER REVIEW: Tennison 2: Hidden Killers - Lynda La Plante

Release Date: 20/10/16
Publisher: Simon and Schuster


From BAFTA award-winning creator of Prime Suspect, starring Helen Mirren, comes the blistering follow-up to the bestselling Tennison. Jane Tennison, a young, inexperienced WPC, learns the hard way never to take anyone, or anything, at face value, whether in her dealings with her police colleagues or when confronted by seemingly innocent suspects.
Hidden Killers sees Jane acting as a ‘decoy’ prostitute, with the hope of capturing a suspect wanted for numerous sexual assaults. The attacker is drawn in and put under arrest. Commended for bravery in the case, Jane is given CID status and moves from Hackney to Bow Street Station as Detective. Her first call-out is to a non-suspicious death. The victim is a young mother, drowned tragically in her bath, leaving a bereft and doting husband and a young child.
The two storylines interweave as Jane begins to doubt the evidence against her assailant in East London, and becomes certain that the young woman in the bath did not drown in tragic circumstances. Two entirely different cases but one common thread - the lingering doubt in Jane’s mind around the evidence, and around her colleagues…


Jane Tennison has been a part of my life for a while now and I just love to spend time with her. She's gutsy, a challenger to the hierarchy and above all else a person who believes in the truth no matter how uncomfortable it makes either her or the reader feel.

As usual with Lynda's writing, the police work feels solid, the clues alongside their answers can mislead at times as often as they help solve the crime and above all else for me, its getting the time with a younger Tennison so we learn what happened to create the detective so beloved by the Prime Suspect audience.

All round another cracking outing and with dialogue that not only fits the lady she is to become but the character feeling her way though the difficult machinations of a male orientated job generates a book of tensions that really give the pace a serious kick in order to keep that blood pumping. Top notch.

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