Monday, 18 May 2015

Snared by Ed James


From Goodreads

Vicky Dodds—single mother, commitment-phobe, Detective Sergeant—is adding Dundee, Scotland to the Tartan Noir map.

When a dog breeder in and around Dundee disappears, DS Dodds and her team are tasked with finding out who is behind the attacks.

But as the crimes escalate, and the attacker’s message becomes clearer, Vicky begins to question where her own sympathies lie.

From the acclaimed author of the Scott Cullen series, Snared is an unyielding police procedural that fearlessly examines the uncomfortable grey areas between right and wrong, and between “us” and “them.”

My thoughts

A very solid 9/10 from me.  My thanks to the Publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.

Like most if not all of Ed James's books this one is set in Scotland. This is a standalone from the Cullen series of books, but I would like to see a follow up to it to see what has happened to Vicky Dodds.

Vicky Dodds is a single mother, she is also a Detective Sergeant and is committed to her job, she finds it hard juggling the child care and relies heavily on her Mum, who has been their before as her Husband also worked for the Police. Her daughter Vicky is definitely a chip off the old block.

As the story begins a Dog Breeder has disappeared and Vicky is part of the team that have been appointed to deal with this crime. As other crimes begin to happen, a common thread begins to appear and several suspects come to light. Are the Police dealing with the same people or is there a larger group of people involved?

Told in very short chapters, the reader is soon hooked and you find yourself reading just one more chapter, followed by another and another. It's a very addictive style of writing that several Authors have successfully adapted to suit their work.

Vicky is surrounded by a great network of work colleagues, friends and her Parents. Most of who are willing her to find a love interest. As the story progresses she has several that appear, but can she trust them where her daughter is concerned. To go into more detail would possibly spoil the story, which is not what I wish to do as I hate spoilers in reviews.

I really enjoy Ed James's stories and told with enough procedural detail without bogging the reader down, interspersed with dialogue and at times a certain amount of humour.

I will wait with baited breath to see if we get a follow up to Snared.

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