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The Close

Book 10 of 10: Maeve Kerrigan

Narrators: Caroline Lennon,

Nathaniel Priestley

ISBN: 9780008404970

Publisher: Harper 360, HarperCollins

Publication Date: 06/13/2023

Format: Other

My Rating: 4 Stars (ARC)



The gripping new detective crime thriller featuring Maeve Kerrigan and Josh Derwent from the Top Ten Sunday Times bestselling author.


At first glance, Jellicoe Close seems to be a perfect suburban street – well-kept houses with pristine lawns, neighbours chatting over garden fences, children playing together.


But there are dark secrets behind the neat front doors, hidden dangers that include a ruthless criminal who will stop at nothing.


It’s up to DS Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent to uncover the truth. Posing as a couple, they move into the Close, blurring the lines between professional and personal as never before.


And while Maeve and Josh try to gather the evidence they need, they have no idea of the danger they face – because someone in Jellicoe Close has murder on their mind.








My Review


Jane Casey returns with her popular series, DS Maeve Kerrigan Mystery #10, THE CLOSE—the highly anticipated domestic thriller/cop procedural with two main characters we love and an intriguing mystery in a perfect suburban neighborhood. What secrets lie behind closed doors?


DS Maeve Kerrigan knows all murder investigations are different, yet they seem to begin similarly.


Three crimes, a lot of sexual tension, and more in store in #10.


At a London hospital car park, age 34, Dr. Hassan Dawoud is discovered murdered in his car. His husband, Cameron, was away. Maeve is still recovering from her trauma of past events, domestic violence, and not at her best.


In the meantime, DI Josh Derwent, her boss, suggests she join him on a stake-out undercover, requiring them to live together, posing as a couple in a rural suburban neighborhood.


Of course, lines will be blurred, but she accepts his offer, and the new surroundings may help her.


Josh is Maeve’s landlord and boss, but they have a strong friendship. Josh is in a relationship and has a stepson, Maeve is single after coming out of an abusive relationship.


The two Met detectives are sent undercover by the senior aide to the London Mayor to discover how her brother-in-law ended up dead.


At first glance, Jellicoe Close seems to be a perfect suburban street THE CLOSE with well-kept houses with pristine lawns and neighbors. However, dark secrets lurk below the surface, and a ruthless criminal is on the loose.


It is up to DS Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent to uncover the truth. They pose as a couple and move into The Close with the academy dog, Pippin.


Davy Bidwell was found dead, and Judy Thwaites had been looking after him for a few days. Davy’s family believes that Judy is part of a team exploiting vulnerable adults. Others have disappeared in the last six years in this same neighborhood.


For Maeve, she has the pressure of running a murder investigation, but she has DC Georgia Shaw and Zoom calls. And while Maeve and Josh try to gather the evidence they need, they have no idea of the danger they face – because someone in Jellicoe Close has murder on their mind.


The neighbors are nosy and immersed in everyone's business (quite a cast of colorful characters). This was fun and suspenseful, with the two posing as a couple and seeing how they would hold up. both professionally and personally.


The relationship between these two has played out over the nine installments, leaving fans with when and where?


From murder, child and domestic abuse, suspense, the investigation, the tension between Maeve and Josh, and the three storylines keep you turning the pages.


A razor-sharp police procedural with sizzling tension between the two main well-developed characters, with a twisty mystery set in a picture-perfect suburb where nothing is as it appears.


Fans will be excited about the long-awaited tension between Maeve and Josh. Highly entertaining! Fast-paced and INTENSE, another great installment by the talented Jane Casey.


THE CLOSE may be read as a standalone; however, if you missed any of the books in the series, you will be dying to catch up.


Thanks to #HarperCollins for a gifted ARC via #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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Pub Date: June 13, 2023

June 2023 Must-Read Books



Praise



‘A full-blooded triple-decker mystery… The Close is Jane Casey at her very best’

—The Times


‘A deliciously bingeable read’

—Ruth Ware, the Sunday Times Top 10 bestselling author


‘If you haven’t read Jane Casey, start immediately’

—Marian Keyes, the Sunday Times No.1 Bestseller


‘Thrums with the tension of a classic crime thriller’

—Sarah Hilary, author of Someone Else’s Skin


‘The most dangerously addictive series in crime fiction’

—Erin Kelly, the Sunday Times Bestseller


‘I loved, loved LOVED The Close. If you haven’t read Jane Casey, start immediately – excellent police procedurals with DELICIOUS sexual tension’

—Marian Keyes, the Sunday Times No.1 Bestseller


‘I loved the simmering tension between the main characters, the tightly plotted mystery and the way that the darkness grew relentlessly to take over seemingly perfect suburbs – a brilliant example of nothing being as it seems’

—Harriet Tyce, Sunday Times Bestselling author


‘As deeply satisfying yet intensely moreish as all its predecessors – I devoured, I loved it, I want the next one ASAP, please’

—Lucy Mangan, author of Are We Having Fun Yet?


‘Casey excels at showing how a detective’s stresses and anxieties are rooted in more than just their work’

—Linwood Barclay, the no. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author


‘Another cracker from Jane Casey’

—Cara Hunter, author of Murder in the Family


‘The Close is Jane’s best Maeve Kerrigan novel yet. Absolutely brilliant!’

—Liz Nugent, author of Our Little Cruelties


‘This. Book. Is. EVERYTHING! … The most sinister and seductive of thrillers’

—Cressida McLaughlin


‘With each book in this series, Jane takes us deeper into the lives and minds of her characters. THE CLOSE thrums with the tension of a classic crime thriller but more than that it ties us tighter to the fates of Maeve, Derwent and the wider cast in new and unexpected ways. If this wasn’t already one of my favourite crime series, THE CLOSE would have catapulted it up there. Brilliant’

—Sarah Hilary, author of Someone Else’s Skin


‘Jane Casey is writing the most dangerously addictive series in crime fiction and The Close absolutely sizzles with her trademark tension’

—Erin Kelly, the Sunday Times Bestseller


'I love Jane Casey's writing, and The Close is a real treat for both long-time fans and new readers alike. Completely addictive’

—BP Walter, bestselling author of The Dinner Guest






About the Author



Photo Credit: Annie Armitage


JANE CASEY is the author of the Maeve Kerrigan novels (Let the Dead Speak, After the Fire) and the Jess Tennant Mysteries (Hide and Seek, Bet Your Life). A graduate of Oxford she also has received a M. Phil from Trinity College, Dublin. Born and raised in Dublin, she lives in London where she works as an editor. read more



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