Jane Casey

Let the Dead Speak

"A truly suspenseful and multi layered book."


A murder without a body.

Eighteen-year-old Chloe Emery returns to her West London home one day to find the house covered in blood and Kate, her mother, gone. There may not be a body, but everything else points to murder.

Maeve Kerrigan is young, ambitious and determined to prove she is up to her new role as detective sergeant. She suspects Chloe is holding something back, but best friend Bethany Norris won't let Maeve get close. What exactly is Bethany protecting Chloe from.

As the team dig deeper into the residents of Valerian Road, no one is above suspicion. All Maeve needs is one person to talk, but that's not going to happen because even in a case of murder, some secrets are too terrible to share.

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Casey's new novel sees the newly promoted detective sergeant tackle a bizarre and disturbing case. Jane Casey has created a wonderful protagonist in Maeve Kerrigan. A strong, wilful, determined detective who cares for the victims and those left behind. It is refreshing to read about a career orientated lead character without the usual, clich├ęd hang-ups. 'Let The Dead Speak' is an emotionally charged, and gripping thriller from the outset, with a misleading opening chapter and plenty of misdirection to keep you reading into the small hours of the morning. The interplay between Kerrigan and her colleagues is both accurate and entertaining. The conversations Maeve has with Derwent are natural. Such is the power of Casey's writing, you can visualise every scene playing out on the page in front of you. New recruit, Georgia is difficult to like, but her nerves and eagerness to impress is spot on. Jane Casey is a writer of immense talent. Her books are well researched and authentic without taking any of the drama away for the drudgery of real life police work. 'Let The Dead Speak' is a compulsive read and even when you think everything is nicely wrapped up, Casey hits you between the eyes with one final twist. A truly suspenseful and multi layered book.

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