Today Claire reviews Never Forget by the lovely Lisa Cutts. I have this on my TBR, along with Remember, Remember AND Mercy Killing! ….did you hear that noise? That was me pulling my finger out! #MyBad ? I need to read these books! Here is Claire’s review:
Few kidnap victims grow up to become police officers – but this is exactly what Nina Foster did. Following a frenzied stabbing she is drafted into her first murder investigation. With former rescuer DCI Stan McGuire as her mentor and John (‘Wingsy’) Wing as her partner, she thrives on the pace and banter that go with the job. As the body count increases and the force’s biggest-ever manhunt gets underway, Nina is determinded to find the murderer. But when the story of her own traumatic childhood comes to light – a past she’s worked hard to hide – her role on the team is threatened. Suddenly her job, her peace of mind and her safety are all in danger. And this time DCI Stan McGuire won’t be there to save her. Fast-paced, and with a shocking twist, this compelling crime debut by police insider Lisa Cutts takes us to the heart of the Major Incident Room – introducing a gutsy new heroine to the crime scene.
Claire’s Rating: 4/5
I’ve been meaning to read Never Forget for a while. I bought the book nearly three years ago just after it was published and it got buried on my Kindle. Then a month ago, I was sent a copy of Mercy Killing, the third in the Nina Foster series, by Simon and Schuster as part of their promos for the Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival and I knew I had to start the series off. I wish I hadn’t left it so long now!
Never Forget is told in the first person from Nina’s perspective of life. She’s a feisty detective constable, influenced by the friendship of retired policeman Stan who rescued her as a child from her kidnapper. Nina keeps her past separate from her work life, but her secondment to a major murder investigation causes her past and present collide in a totally unexpected way.
I loved the banter Nina has with her colleagues, it’s the sort of atmosphere I’d expect in police ranks. There are other aspects of realism and experience to the narrative. The author makes no secret of the police isn’t all excitement and catching criminals, there’s the paperwork to complete, reading of lengthy files, not to mention the long days and limited social life.
Saying that, I really enjoyed meeting Nina and the team. This is a good investigation with our protagonist at the centre of the attention! I can’t wait to find out what happens next to Nina. I won’t leave it three years before I read Remember Remember!!
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