This is a good British police procedure novel. It has a relatively good balance of investigative technique and character development. DI Rob Miller makes a good debut appearance as a lead investigator. He is a little unsure of himself but is ambitious. He doesn't seem to make any mistakes in his first case as lead which was a bit surprising. One rape and murder turns in to two and the pressure is on for Miller. A more experienced team is brought in to help with the investigation and it was a bit surprising that Miller got on well with them.
There was perhaps a bit more personal life of DI Miller in this novel than I would have liked. Miller spends so much time on the case his fiancé becomes frustrated. Her place in the novel becomes more important later on but I did not appreciate the sexual tension and expression between the two.
Potential readers should know that the book opens with a violent rape and murder scene. This might be a trigger situation to some readers. Also, this book is a revised edition of The Surrey Stalker released a few years ago.
I like Pearce's writing style and the way the investigation is plotted. She is a new author to me and I will be looking for more from her.
You can start reading the novel here.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Biba Pearce is the author of the DI Rob Miller series. She grew up in post-apartheid Southern Africa and is now a full-time writer with more than twenty-five novels written. She lives in Surrey and enjoys walking the countryside and kayaking on the river Thames. You can find out more at https://blpearce.com/home.
Joffe Books, 186 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)