Dawn Prentice was already known to the Peterborough Hate Crimes Unit.
The previous summer she had logged a number of calls detailing the harassment she and her severely disabled teenage daughter were undergoing. Now she is dead – stabbed to death whilst Holly Prentice has been left to starve upstairs. DS Ferreira, only recently back serving on the force after being severely injured in the line of duty, had met with Dawn that summer. Was she negligent in not taking Dawn’s accusations more seriously? Did the murderer even know that Holly was helpless upstairs while her mother bled to death?
Whilst Ferreira battles her demons, determined to prove she’s up to the frontline, DI Zigic is drawn into conflict with an official seemingly resolved to hide the truth about one of his main suspects. Can either officer unpick the truth about mother and daughter, and bring their killer to justice?
After You Die is the first book I have read by this author and it is also the third book in the Zigic & Ferreira series. Even though I haven’t read the first two in the series I didn’t feel I was at a disadvantage at all as it read very easily as a stand alone. Having read this book though I will certainly be reading more by this author.
I have to say the death of Dawn and her disabled daughter Holly really got to me. I wanted the murderer found as much as their friends and the police. The thought of Holly being left to die really did infuriate me as her death was so meaningless and down right cruel. It’s certainly a storyline that I won’t forget in a hurry.
Zigic & Ferreira really have their work cut out trying to find the culprit and I didn’t envy them at all. I loved both of the main characters and they make a great team. They seem to be quite the opposite of each other which I think brings out the best in them.
Nathan was such a complex character. I really had mixed feelings for him. He has obviously been through a terrible ordeal but the fact that his past is hidden from us as well as the police was so frustrating. My heart to a certain extent was going out to him yet I wasn’t sure whether it should be. Rachel who has all the answers to the readers and detective’s questions was such an infuriating character. I really wanted to give the woman a good slap. Eventually all does get revealed though you can tell how much Rachel hates having to give out the information.
It certainly had me guessing through out about who the murderer was. I constantly kept changing my mind and all I will say is that all my guesses were wrong.
After You Die makes for one hell of a dark and tense reading experience. It had me gripped from start to finish. A brilliant crime thriller.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Random House UK, Vintage Publishing for an advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
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