Book review: Cruel Acts

By Jane Casey
Published by HarperCollins


Synopsis: Leo Stone is a ruthless killer – or the victim of a miscarriage of justice. A year ago, he was convicted of the murder of two women and sentenced to life in prison. But now he’s free, and according to him, he's innocent.

DS Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent are determined to put Stone back behind bars where he belongs, but the more Maeve finds out, the less convinced she is of his guilt.

Then another woman disappears in similar circumstances. Is there a copycat killer, or have they been wrong about Stone from the start?

How did this book end up in my hands? This was another brilliant serialisation by The Pigeonhole.

Was it a page-turner? Yes, yes, yes! Having to wait for each instalment to be published was extremely difficult. I am normally quite patient but this book tested me!

Did the book meet my expectations? This book went above and beyond expectations as it wasn’t as graphic as I feared (although it’s not necessarily for the faint of heart) whilst maintaining the ‘sitting on the edge of the chair’ kind of feeling. Also, despite being part of a series (I didn’t know this until someone mentioned it once the serialisation had begun), the book can be read as a standalone without detracting anything from the experience.

Three words to describe it. Absorbing. Fast-paced. Suspenseful.

Do I like the cover? Not one of my favourites but it’s ok.

Have I read any other books by the same author? No, and I can’t believe this is the 8th book in the Maeve Kerrigan series. Where have I been?! I have some serious catching up to do.

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