Hope you’re all well. It’s a pretty miserable day today; wet and grey but that does mean that Autumn is finally on it’s way. I feel like we’ve been teased with it for a while now and I just want it to arrive. I am so looking forward to sitting in front of the fire with a book.
William Warwick has achieved a promotion to Detective Sergeant but with that comes a change of department. William and the rest of the team are moved into the drugs squad and assigned a case to try and capture one of London’s biggest drug dealers. Whilst investigating the case, William is faced with enemies both old and new and the stakes are even higher than before.
As the team start to close in on the huge drug operation that is run by Ahmed Rashidi, they only have one option for how they can secure his arrest. It’s a risky plan as it truly involves being hidden in plain sight. Will William and the team come out successful?
General Thoughts 🤔
Another adventure with William Warwick and I enjoyed Hidden in Plain Sight even more than the first book in the series. The book is still about William’s career but I thought that there was a little more focus on the investigation in this one and I really got hooked into the case. I felt like I had as much riding on the arrest of Rashidi as the detectives did.
We are still treated to updates on William’s personal life and it was lovely to see his relationship with Beth grow and to follow them on the next steps in their lives. I really liked the way that Jeffrey Archer mixed the personal struggles with the professional ones. It worked particularly well in this book and made me feel a closer connection to the story and the characters.
I mentioned in my review of Nothing Ventured that I wanted to know more about some of the characters and Hidden in Plain Sight delivered. I enjoyed learning more about Grace and her relationship with her father. It was lovely to see them working together and the pride he had for both of his kids; even though he didn’t initially approve of William’s career choice. My opinion of Sir Julian definitely shifted during this book; I felt like I saw a much softer side to him.
I loved that the team got to stay together even though they moved departments. I definitely felt that their bonds had grown the longer that they had worked together, including the odd bit of banter between them which made me smile. There’s still more I’d like to know about some members of the team and there was definitely a teaser at the end of the book that leads me to believe that I will get that from the third book.
Writing Style ✍️
I’m really enjoying Jeffrey Archers writing in this serious. I like that it’s a simple linear format and the complexity comes from all of the detail and some context switching. The chapters switched quickly between the different characters (or criminals) and made this book a real page turner.
I also love that the series definitely feels like it’s developing. I sense that Jeffrey Archer had an outline for where this series would go and as readers we’re gradually being drawn further into the lives of the characters; William especially. I feel like I’m progressing through his career and his life with him.
Conclusion & Scoring 🎖️
I liked this second instalment of the William Warwick series more than the first and I have a feeling that each book is going to get better and better. I plan on starting the third book immediately and cannot wait to see what mayhem William and the team are thrown into next.