Published by Minotaur Books on July 25th 2017
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This is my first time reading Jane Casey but it will not be my last! Let the Dead speak is the 7th book in the Maeve Kerrigan series but worked perfectly as a stand alone novel for me. I did not feel as if I was missing anything by not having read the first 6 books in this series. Having said that, I will definitely be going back and reading the previous books! I love a good mystery and this one was done brilliantly. There are several possible suspects. All of them could have committed murder. At differing points during the novel, I thought I knew who the killer was and why. Casey kept me guessing up until the end. I found her story to be intricately woven.
Let the dead speak begins when Chloe arrives home to find blood in her West London home. Her Mother is missing but the amount of blood found at the scene leaves police to believe that her Mother, Kate is no longer alive. She has been given a ride home by her ultra-religious neighbor, Oliver “Ollie” Norris who also enters the home after her realizes that Chloe has left her bag in his car. Chloe had abruptly left her father’s home after an “incident” and fight with her step-mother. Why did she come home so early and why did someone leave water for the cat?
Maeve Kerrigan is called in to investigate and quickly begins interviewing Chloe, the neighbors, and Maeve’s ex-husband’s family. It is quickly evident that there is more going on in this story than meets the eye. The Norris family is creepy and weird. Their 15 year old daughter, Bethany has a close relationship with 18 year old Chloe. Maeve attempts to get Chloe to answers questions and it becomes evident that Chloe has some “learning” difficulties and is not also not being forth-coming about why she left her father’s home. Oliver and his brother Morgan are not likable and both come off as bullies. Oliver wants everyone to think he is nice but he quickly shows his true colors. Morgan is nasty from the get-go and high on the suspect list. Oliver is quick to point his finger at a troubled young man in the neighborhood. Could he have been the killer?
As the investigations continues, relationships, secret relationships, motivations and assaults become know. Questions remain and as the investigation continues both Bethany and Chloe disappear. Where are the girls? Have they been kidnapped? Have they run away? Is the same person responsible for their disappearance as the person who “murdered” Chloe’s mother?
I wont say anything else about the plot except that this book was a very enjoyable read. I was captivated from page one when Chloe entered the home and was very happy with the revelations during the epilogue. 4.5 stars because I enjoyed the story so much. There are plot twists and turns. They all seem plausible and were pulled off brilliantly. This book is not overly thought provoking but it is extremely enjoyable. Anyone who loves a good mystery will enjoy this book. I was not disappointed (and neither will you be!).
I received a copy of this book form St. Martins Press Minotaur Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.