Book review: The Dangerous Kind

By Deborah O’Connor
Published by Zaffre 

Synopsis: One in 100 of us is a 'potentially dangerous person' - someone likely to commit a violent crime. We all know them: these charmers, liars and manipulators. The ones who send prickles up the back of our neck. These people hide in plain sight, they can be teachers, doctors, holding positions of trust, of power. 

Jessamine Gooch makes a living tracking the 1 in 100. Each week she broadcasts a radio show that examines brutal offences, asking if more could have been done to identify and prevent their perpetrators.

But when she agrees to investigate a missing person case involving a young mother, she is drawn into a web of danger that will ultimately lead to the upper echelons of power, and threaten the sfety of her own family.

How did this book end up in my hands? I read it via The Pigeonhole.

Was it a page-turner? OMG, at the end of each instalment every day, I kept trying to turn the page. I just couldn’t understand how the daily dose of this book could already be over. Totally gripping!

Did the book meet my expectations? This novel exceeded my expectations. I was gripped from the beginning and drawn deeper into the narrative as I turned every (digital) page. The theme is a difficult one but it was handled brilliantly. In a Q&A with the author, she said she didn’t want there to be anything gratuitous in the narrative following Rowena’s storyline and there definitely wasn’t. As a reader, I was made to question my guesses a couple of times and then it all came beautifully together. I also became totally invested in the future of the characters and I would love for Jessamine and Jitesh to work together on another case.

Three words to describe it. Chilling. Fast-paced. Engaging.

Do I like the cover? I love the idea of the cover image looking like an inkblot test!

Have I read any other books by the same author? No, but I really want to.


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