The good: Very taut thriller.
The not-so-good: Sometimes I felt it was a little lacking in detail.
Why I chose it: Thank you to Pan Macmillan for the opportunity to read this book and join a blog tour.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Setting: Rural Queensland, Australia
My rating: 8 out of 10
I haven’t been reading many crime novels lately, so the offer to read The Twisted Knot was too good an opportunity to pass up. J.M. Peace is actually a serving Australian police officer, so you know that she knows her stuff when it comes to crime and policing.
The Twisted Knot is the second book to feature Constable Sammi Willis. I haven’t read the previous book, A Time to Run, but I didn’t feel that hindered my enjoyment of the book. The story opens as Sammi is still recovering from the events of A Time to Run, sitting at a desk job. It then comes to her notice that some locals of Angel’s Crossing are threatening action against a paedophile. But then everything is tied up just that bit too neatly and Sammi wonders if there’s something deeper going on…can she find the proof she needs?
This is a great police procedural as Sammi investigates all angles of the crime, finding leads and coming up against brick walls. I liked how things happened in the police station – I felt as though I was getting a real insight into the day to day workings of it all. Tension is created by short, sharp chapters and sentences. There’s no filler here, the plot and sentiment of the novel is taut and will have you saying ‘one more chapter’ many times over! The small town and crime setting was different to the general fiction and romance I’m used to, but no less compelling. The only thing I would have liked is some more detail overall, but having just read a book that’s heavy on all the details, I may well be biased. I think more detail would have also detracted from the overall feel of the book. It just has a dark, moody sense of something going on beneath the surface that is perfectly captured by the storm brewing on the book’s cover.
This would be a great book to read on a wintry weekend as it’s the perfect excuse to stay snuggled up until you’ve finished it!