Marriage is complicated. It doesn’t always work out. Sometimes there are things you discover about yourself and each other which mean the marriage has to end. Sad, particularly when kids are involved – but all pretty normal.
Normal that is, until there’s a murder.
DS Jane Bennett and DI Mike Lockyer are called in to investigate one of South London’s most difficult and distressing cases yet – where family and friends come under scrutiny in the hardest of circumstances.
Although this is number 3 in the series, I’m sorry to say I haven’t read the others, though I suspect I’ll soon be remedying that. It can easily be read as a standalone because although there are references to previous backstories, they are fleeting and not detailed enough to act as a spoiler.
DI Locker and his DS, Jane Bennet are called in to investigate the death of a man found dead in bed by his two children. Although not initially suspicious, the PM initiates a murder investigation that throws up questions that take them down avenues neither expected. As the plot develops the title is very apt, you can literally trust no one.
I will admit to being a bit confused (not difficult some days) with the initial few chapters until I got to grips with the time frame and who the narrator was. It alternates between Richard’s story (the deceased) as it leads up to his death, and the current investigation as it goes forward. Occasionally we are also party to the the thoughts of the killer, though it gives us no clues as to who they are.
It is a very contemporary story of broken families and the relationships between exes, children, friends and lovers. All of which come under suspicion and scrutiny.
At the same time we are also party to the family and relationship dramas of Lockyer and Bennett. I like to see some background as we can see what makes them tick, and what makes them human. During the investigation we very much see their public faces, but it makes them more rounded and realistic characters to have some background. That said Lockyer doesn’t give too much away, so I suspect there is scope for learning more about him. The two work well together, and have a relationship which is professional but friendly and supportive. Maybe it’s just the romantic in me that thinks they could both do worse than looking to each other to solve their relationship crises.
I really enjoyed this book, it kept me interested as the emphasis changed as to who was the guilty party, and when it was revealed I hadn’t seen it coming. This is a great read that doesn’t rely on graphic detail, mounting body counts or maverick detectives, but good solid detective work and plot line. If you like solid police procedurals then this is a book for you.
I received an advance review copy via NetGalley in return for an honest review.