“The neighbours are always watching…”
Set to be published on 2nd March, The Close, the tenth book in the Maeve Kerrigan series by Jane Casey, is set on Jellicoe Close which, at first glance, seems to be a perfect suburban street – well-kept houses with pristine lawns, neighbours chatting over garden fences, children playing together. But there are dark secrets behind the neat front doors, hidden dangers that include a ruthless criminal who will stop at nothing.
It’s up to DS Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent to uncover the truth. Posing as a couple, they move into the Close, blurring the lines between professional and personal as never before. And while Maeve and Josh try to gather the evidence they need, they have no idea of the danger they face – because someone in Jellicoe Close has murder on their mind.
Thank you to NetGalley for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
An engaging police procedural, The Close is an enjoyable instalment in a gripping series which provides a much-needed update for its brilliant characters.
There are two investigations going on here, and both are very intriguing. One takes more dominance over the other, and I loved the concept of having Maeve go undercover in a small community, getting to know the neighbours and trying to figure out whose involved in the crimes going on.
I couldn’t predict how either case would wrap up and there are some great twists along the way. However, the investigations do take a backseat to the domestic drama in this instalment. Maeve went through a lot in the last book, so Casey appears to be taking the time here to give her a slight break, some time to come to terms with her issues, and for her to figure out how to move forward.
The story can be read as a standalone but there are a lot of hints to what happened in the last book. Maeve does recap the events more fully closer to the end, but readers who haven’t read a book in this series before may not understand her state of mind or relationship with Derwent so they may find this instalment too domestic, so I definitely recommend reading The Cutting Place, at least, to get some needed context.
Fans of the series are sure to love it, though, to have Maeve back, to see her relationship with Derwent develop, and for the promise of a lot more to come!
The Close by Jane Casey
Series: Maeve Kerrigan #10
Release Date: 2nd March 2023
Print Length: 416 pages
Genre: Detective Thriller
Publisher: Harper Collins
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