Another book which was added to my to read pile on gifting from a relative, and the first Tom Thorne novel I’ve read. Although this is part of a series I had no problem in reading as a standalone – there are references to things which have obviously occurred earlier in the series, but missing the full history doesn’t impact on this novel.
Detective Inspector Nicola Tanner’s partner is murdered in their own home, and Tanner is sure the killers thought she was her. Tanner has been investigating a series of killings which she believes are connected as honour killings and her investigation has clearly got too close. Convinced her feelings about the killings are correct but being on compassionate leave means she can’t continue investigating herself (officially at least), she brings in Tom Thorne, someone with a reputation to not always follow the rules.
In the current age it could be difficult to deal with the subject matter at the heart of this story however I think Billingham has handled it with great care, producing a book which is considerate with the core subject but also believable. You are quickly a part of the story, and racing through to get to the conclusion and it’s clear that the author has done his research into this subject. I’m definitely happy to read more of this series!