Monday, 20 March 2017

Book Review - The Jackdaw by Luke Delaney - Rachel Reads Randomly Book #57

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Title: The Jackdaw
Author: Luke Delaney
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: Competition Win
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: 12th March 2015
Rating: 4.5 Stars

The fourth novel in the DI Sean Corrigan series – authentic and terrifying crime fiction with a psychological edge, by an ex-Met detective. Perfect for fans of Mark Billingham, Peter James and Stuart MacBride.

Guilty or not guilty?

A lone vigilante is abducting wealthy Londoners and putting their fate in the hands of the public. Within hours of disappearing, the victims appear on the internet, bound to a chair in a white room.

Revenge or mercy?

Their crimes of greed and incompetence are broadcast to the watching thousands who make up the jury. Once the verdict is cast, the man who calls himself ‘The Jackdaw’ will be judge and executioner.

Live or die?

DI Sean Corrigan and his Special Investigations Unit are under pressure to solve this case fast. But as The Jackdaw’s popularity grows, Corrigan realizes he’s hunting a dangerously clever and elusive adversary – one who won’t stop until his mission is complete.

Impressive fourth book in the DI Sean Corrigan series, which could easily work as a standalone, although to really feel like you know Sean and his team, it could be recommended to have read previous books. 

I have to give great kudos to Luke Delaney in creating perhaps one of the most complex villains I've read about ever. The Jackdaw as he becomes known has seemingly plotted and predicted everything , while at the same time is eager to show what he is doing off to a large audience. 

I suspect that only the most devoted of thriller fans will be able to work out who The Jackdaw is before the finale, I will admit I didn't have even the slightest clue in any direction, but was sitting there with awe at how police detectives were going about solving this incredibly complex case. 

The last 100 pages or so were pretty much unputdownable, and before that I was very gripped by the story, and what was going on with DI Corrigan and his team. There are plenty of characters who popped up intermittently presumable just to show how the public's reaction to the Jackdaw was changing over time, and these are people from all walks of life. 

Similarly it makes a change that the victims I didn't immediately have sympathy for, although that may just be because I didn't feel as though I got to know them that well. 

The Jackdaw is another very strong entry into this series that keeps delighting me every time I read one. I am really hoping this isn't the last we have seen of DI Sean Corrigan,  as I love the department he heads up and it really does show how twisted some people's minds are. 

Thank you to those of you that voted for The Jackdaw. This is  a series that I started on holiday a year or so ago, and have finally caught up to where it is. I  love the depth of these crimes and the ability to try to look into the criminal's psyche. Really looking forward to seeing what will win this week. 

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