I hope you’re all keeping well and enjoying the lovely Spring weather we’re having. I’m so excited that Spring is upon us; mostly because I am loving being able to dry my washing outdoors haha. I’ve had a really busy couple of weeks with work so that has been eating up most of my time lately. But I’ve managed to get some little bits of reading in here and there….and some good reading at that.
I have recently signed up to a blog tour and the book that it is covering is the second in a series; The Agent Nadine Finch series. I was told that it could be read standalone but me being me had to get in and read the first book beforehand. A Killer’s Daughter by @JennaKernan is available for purchase here (to be clear I purchased this book and was not gifted it in return for a review).
Dr Nadine Finch is a forensic psychologist with an interesting past; her mother is on death row for multiple murders. When Nadine is assigned to a murder case with chillingly familiar circumstances to her mother’s crimes the past all comes rushing back to her. It can’t be her incarcerated mother so is this double murder a strange coincidence or a dangerous copy cat.
When another couple turn up dead, Nadine knows that she has to face her demons and speak to her mother in order to obtain information that could help pre-empt the current killer’s next steps. But this invites danger into Nadine’s life and the clock is ticking. Will she help to catch the killer before something devastating happens to her?
General Thoughts 🤔
I had a hint about what I was in for with this book based purely on the title, but I had no idea about the actual story. When I started reading, it was a pleasant revelation and I thought it was a really interesting slant on an investigative thriller. The agent hunting a killer that commits crimes so intrinsically linked with her own mother was very chilling and only added to the intensity.
There were plenty of twists and turns within the story and I have to admit that I was completely caught off guard by the ending. I did not see it coming. I had my suspicions about various characters in the book and there was just enough doubt sewn into the plot for the reader to question everyone.
I really enjoyed Nadine’s character and thought that she was written really well. I found it interesting that she chose to go into forensic psychology given that her mother was on death row for multiple murders. Was this an attempt to ensure that she did not go down the same path or did she feel that she owed a debt to society on behalf of her mother? I empathised with her at the time when she was questioning if the new crimes were linked to her mother or whether she was being narcissistic. It couldn’t have been easy for her living her life with such a big secret.
I loved Detective Demko. I thought that he was calm and collected and perfect for Nadine. I am very much hoping that there is more of him in the second book in the series.
Writing Style ✍️
The book was really well paced and I didn’t feel like there was a lull in the story at any point. I did feel like the last couple of chapters happened very quickly and there was a lot of action packed into them but it somehow didn’t feel rushed.
The majority of the story is linear but there are small sections that jump back to when Nadine was a child that I thought were good for providing context. There were also small sections written from the point of view of the murderer which I enjoyed. Kept me guessing as to who it may be and probably gave some hints that I may have potentially missed seen as I was so side swiped at the end.
Conclusion & Scoring 🎖️
This was a great book and I feel like it came at just the right time for me. It wasn’t really really tense to the point of making me feel uncomfortable but it was tense enough to keep me gripped. I’m so glad that I read this now as it’s only made me more excited to read more about Nadine Finch on the blog tour.