Let the Dead Speak

Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey

Title: Let the Dead Speak
Author: Jane Casey 
First Published: Aug 2017
Publisher: Harper Collins 
Pages: 401
Price on Amazon: Paperback £559 Kindle: £4.49
ISBN: 0008149011

Can you call it murder when there is no body?

Chloe Emery is just eighteen years old she returns home early from spending the weekend at her dad's house to find her home where she lives with her mother covered in blood, the cat locked away in the bedroom with a bowl of water and her mother missing. Chloe's neighbours phones the police and it's not long before a full blown murder investigation is underway. While Chloe's house is being investigated Chloe goes to stay with her neighbour and friend Bethany and her family but is all as it seems? 

It's not long before everyone is a suspect, including Chloe and Bethany, and even Bethany's parents and uncle.  As the investigation goes on more things come to light that people wish had stayed hidden but nothing remains a secret in a murder investigation. 

A few days into the investigation and suddenly Chloe and Bethany go missing, does this make them look even more guilty? When Bethany shows up a few days later but Chloe doesn't can the police get to her before it's too late? Will they find the body of Chloe's mother and track down the killer? 

I got this book as a free copy from NetGalley in return for an honest review. When I got this book I didn't realise it was the seventh in the series. I was thinking gosh I can't believe this has happened again, luckily it is one of those books that you can read without having read the others in the series. That is not to say I won't be going back and reading the rest of the series because I most definitely will as I really enjoyed this book. I read this book in two sittings, I'm currently going through my insomnia stage so having good books to read makes things a lot better and this book sure helped. 

I found this book easy to read, with a great plot which was easy to follow with great descriptive writing helping to form my imagination. I loved the characters in the book, I liked how Casey even gave us a character we could choose to dislike in Georgia, I found myself having mixed feelings about her throughout the book. I decided from the outset I didn't like Morgan and he was the type of person you'd want to punch in the face if you met him.  I enjoyed the character of Derwent, I found him intriguing and a very complex character with several layers to him. I found him to be very well written. Then, of course, there is Kerrigan, I found her passion for the job refreshing and I liked the fact that although she could see Georgia wasn't up to the job and she didn't like her she stuck up for her anyway and watched out for her around Derwent. I'm interested to read the books at the beginning of the series to see the relationship between Kerrigan and Derwent develop to the stage it is at now. 

All in all, I have given this book four out of five stars, had I have read the others in the series beforehand and had the previous background knowledge then I suspect I would be giving this book five out of five stars. I would certainly recommend this book to people and will be reading the rest in the series and this one again when I get to it again in the series. 

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