To the public, he's a hero: Two men are dead already - tortured to death. Even the police don't regard the cases as a priority. Most feel that two dead paedophiles is a step in the right direction. But to DC Maeve Kerrigan, no one should be allowed to take the law into their own hands. Young and inexperienced, Kerrigan wants to believe that murder is murder no matter what the sins of the victim. Only, as the killer's violence begins to escalate, she is forced to confront exactly how far she's prepared to go to ensure justice is served It took me a while to pick up the book and actually read because I had Can this book be read as a standalone or do I need to read the first one?
I'm only asking because this sequel received much better reviews. See 1 question about The Reckoning…. Lists with This Book. The Reckoning is the second book in the Maeve Kerrigan series and though not quite as good a read as the debut, still an interesting read nonetheless. This time paeodophiles are being brutally murdered and no obvious reasoning is forthcoming. Kerrigan and the team are put onto the case and soon enough the bodies start piling up. About halfway through the book the storyline takes on a different turn sending the whole thing into a different direction. It was cleverly done and not an obvious route t The Reckoning is the second book in the Maeve Kerrigan series and though not quite as good a read as the debut, still an interesting read nonetheless.
It was cleverly done and not an obvious route to follow. I enjoyed the book for the most part but did think some parts of the book were stretched out a little. Too much detail at times that wasn't really necessary and I would actually prefer shorter chapters to keep the flow and momentum going. Occasionally I would wonder into 'when is this chapter finishing?
The second half of the book really picks up pace and this is where it really held my attention and I didn't want to put the book down until the end. Maeve Kerrigan herself is a likeable character albeit her decisions at times leaves the head shaking. She isn't perfect my any means, quick tempered and could do with thinking before acting rationally but she has a flair for the job and is growing on me as her character develops through the books. I'm hoping the next book in the series picks up a little but I have to say I'm really enjoying getting to know the rest of the characters in the Murder Squad - even DI Derwent!!
Looking forward to the next one. This was more of a 3. View all 3 comments. Jun 29, Carol rated it really liked it Shelves: The Hook - A promising series I started and forgot about. I suppose you could call it a London police procedural. There are grizzly details so this is not for th The Hook - A promising series I started and forgot about.
The police department and flats, etc. What I really liked was the nod to how British police are unarmed and just who comes in with the guns.
The Reckoning (maeve Kerrigan) by Jane Casey
I honestly think this is the first time I have gotten a clear sense of this in a book. She has room for growth as self-doubt is still coming through loud and clear. She continues her romantic relationship with Rob Langton and spars with enough of her male colleagues to make this woman want to join her team. I hope to see this character and their relationship grow.
It seems more likely for there to be more than one woman on the team. Count me in for number 3. Nov 30, Gary rated it liked it. The Reckoning is the 2nd book in the Maeve Kerrigan series by Jane Casey though it is actually the third book I have read due to previously reading one out of order.
I enjoy this series and this book but thought its strength was more in the attempt to add meat to the bones of the characters than a one off novel. In this book Maeve is searching for a killer who is targeting paedophiles and torturing them. Like a lot of good thrillers all is not as it seems and all becomes clear around halfway thro The Reckoning is the 2nd book in the Maeve Kerrigan series by Jane Casey though it is actually the third book I have read due to previously reading one out of order.
Like a lot of good thrillers all is not as it seems and all becomes clear around halfway through. This book adds a fair deal of personal background to the main character Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan and I feel sure this will add to the enjoyment of future books in giving the characters more substance. Not the best book in the series so far but certainly a good read and I could easily have marked slightly higher on another day.
Aug 24, Rob Kitchin rated it really liked it. I found The Reckoning to be somewhat of a curious read. At one level, I thoroughly enjoyed the story. The twist halfway through was well executed and worked to elevate the plot above usual police procedural fare. As the story neared its conclusion it relies on two elements that I always find somewhat annoying a highly unlikely coincidence and a critical piece of evidence being delivered on a platter for no discernible reason. I realise that sounds quite negative, but as noted, The Reckoning is enjoyable, compelling and clever; with a little editing it would have been a real standout.
Aug 20, Hallie rated it really liked it. The description on this one is quite misleading, as "the public" hardly gets the chance to consider the killer a hero at all. She's also struggling with her personal life, having moved into the latest of a 4. She's also struggling with her personal life, having moved into the latest of a series of new flats with some - interesting - tenants, being pressured by her mother, as always, and unsure about the potential relationship that never got going in the first book.
I don't think I'm likely to have been too unusual in hoping against hope that she got over her reluctance before it was too late, as this relationship would pretty clearly be a good one. In fact, I was more than a bit cranky about it at times, despite the sensible element to her determination not to go for it. But the way it worked out in the end was both satisfying and slightly surprising. Surprising in showing a different side to Maeve's personality, which was both funny and touching. There's another woman in the newly-expanded team for this book, and while she and Maeve should be immediate allies against the still-predominantly sexist and harassing males on the team, it's not that easy for Maeve.
I liked how it resolved though, and hope to see the friendship develop more in future books. As Maeve has to focus so intently on her professional life, and as she believes in what she's doing so much, not all of her considerable intelligence is applied to life outside the job. This works well for me, as she's far more interesting than just an emotionally stunted workaholic, while not always being totally clued in about herself.
I mention this because I just noticed that much of what I've written has to do with her relationships, even if many of those are with colleagues. Always difficult to talk about mysteries anyway, so I'll just let it stand at that for the moment. I will be reading the rest of the series - I read the novella Left for Dead and then had to stop myself from binge-reading all of the books, right-now-this-minute, as I was quite tempted to do.
Nov 10, Christine rated it it was amazing. Paedophiles are being tortured and murdered in London. In the second instalment of the Maeve Corrigan series, Maeve is assigned to the team hunting the paedophile killer. A case of a missing girl, Cheyenne becomes linked to the killings.
We follow Maeve and her colleagues as they investigate. One again, Jane Casey has crafted a brilliant and exciting well paced story. I love this series because it feels realistic and British in tone. Maeve is a fantastic character and she just gets better with ea Paedophiles are being tortured and murdered in London. Maeve is a fantastic character and she just gets better with each book. The underlying sexism in the police is an interesting dimension to the story.
I also think the growing relationship with Rob and Maeve is sweet. Jul 04, Jaclyn rated it really liked it Shelves: I'll be honest, I was pretty ambivalent towards the first book in this series , The Burning. However, I was desperate for a new audiobook on my drive to work, and so I found myself engrossed in a mystery that otherwise I would not have picked up. In this second book in Casey's Maeve Kerrigan series Maeve's personal life isn't the best, she's moved into the latest of bad apartments, and she's got a new superior who really rubs her the wrong way.
On top of that, someone's targeting and torturing kno I'll be honest, I was pretty ambivalent towards the first book in this series , The Burning. On top of that, someone's targeting and torturing known child abuse offenders and it's Maeve's job to find justice for those that many believe got what they deserved. The first half of The Reckoning was a bit of a slow start. I wasn't into the mystery and I wasn't into Maeve's inner torment about her relationship with her colleague, Rob. In the first half Maeve was hard to like, but her back and forth with Rob was believable.
As for the mystery, I thought it was very cut and dry from the start. Someone is murdering people and the Met is going to figure out who. However, about halfway through this mystery totally changes. There's a reason why these specific people are being murdered and suddenly this mystery is all about tracking down a missing young girl.
The Reckoning started off very simply albeit gruesomely and it was the complications that evolved in the case that kept me engrossed.
Casey sure knows how to crank up the suspense. What I found a lot stronger in The Reckoning was the changes in the characters. There was a lot more focus on Maeve as a individual, which worked for me. Mystery fans need not worry, despite amping up character development, the mystery remained centre stage. DI Derwent was an interesting addition to the team, he's not exactly endearing, but he is entertaining and it appears that there's more stuff going on below the surface with him.
I suspect that there will be much more of Josh Derwent in the subsequent books. As for the audio component, I thought it was narrated very well. Sarah Coomes did a great job of bringing DC Kerrigan to life and if I could get my hands on the next book in audio format that would be my first choice. There's something about mystery audiobooks that just work for me. The Reckoning was a twisty, procedural mystery that was balanced out well with a fabulous but flawed young woman as it's main character.
This one is definitely a darker mystery, Casey does not shy away from describing the murder scenes, so fair warning for the squeamish, a cozy mystery this 'aint. Originally reviewed at The Book Adventures. Jul 11, Bonnie rated it it was amazing. Someone is targeting registered pedophiles and the violence is escalating and even the police don't regard the murders as a priority. Maeve is shocked by the violence inflicted during these kills — the victims were made to suffer.
On the personal side, she and Rob are realizing how much they care about each other, although dating a co-worker is frowned upon. Maeve is paired with a new Detective Josh Derwent and has to play second fiddle to his macho take-no-prisoners attitude. Maeve catches the attention of her superior Godley and begins getting better assignments, but the one she must solve is the latest in the pedophile murders--this one an eighty-year-old ex priest.
When Caroline Banner, a woman working at the police station, admits she gave a list of convicted child molesters to a man who threatened to harm her eleven-year-old son, Maeve and Josh recognize the first three are their murder victims. There are nine remaining and all names live close to the A Catching a lucky break, when Maeve and Josh go to the residence of the next name on the list, they interrupt the brutal beating in progress and arrest the man who is behind the murders.
John Skinner, a notorious criminal, states his daughter has been kidnapped by a pedophile and he is working through the list to find her. A terrifying sub plot involves two brothers who kidnap young girls and eventually kill them. When John Skinner's daughter is found dead, the suspense is heightened to an almost unbearable extent. Good versus evil wages a fierce battle before the surprising and satisfying ending to an excellent book. Apr 21, Patty rated it really liked it. Maeve, a detective, is involved in finding out who is meticulously murdering some of London's pedophiles The central character, Maeve Kerrigan, a detective, was damaged in a way that was just a teensie bit unclear to me.
She moved a lot I love reading books in order within a series. The Reckoning is perfectly fine as a stand alone. It is always difficult to write about a mystery lest anything be given away inadvertently It really isn't when you are reading. The book is chock full of interesting characters.
The story flows easily and ultimately led to a surprising culmination. Maeve is a complex character and I will enjoy reading more about her in future books. She stands firm in her beliefs, she cares about the victims and was believable throughout the book.
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May 30, Victoria rated it it was amazing Shelves: What an exciting sequel! Finding a new mystery series is always exciting - especially when an anticipated sequel ends up being stronger than the first book! The criminals in the second Maeve Kerrigan book are truly depraved, and the plot twists and turns in some very surprising ways! And not at all static - I think I anxiously flipped pages partly for the plot itself and partly just to see the relationship between Maeve and Rob! Some new cha What an exciting sequel! I loved reading this thriling book!
Aug 06, Nicholas rated it liked it. Casey is definitely getting better as she goes along. And this is much better. My only real complaint: Maybe next time Maeve Kerrigan will emerge unscathed? Aug 10, Jill rated it really liked it. I have become a serious fan of Jane Casey and her Maeve Kerrigan police procedural series.
She adores her boss, Superintendent Charles Godley, but he pairs her with a brash newcomer to the squad, Josh Derwent, insensitive and sexist. In fact, this is how most of the squad fellows are except for Rob Langton, with whom Maeve has been having a surreptitious on-and-off relationship.
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Rob is a sweetheart though: The Crime Squad gets involved in solving a complicated set of murders — someone is killing pedophiles who have been released from prison, and the police struggle with the unwelcome task of working on behalf of very unsavory victims. Amidst it all, Maeve tries to sort out her personal and professional relationships. She also becomes endangered herself of course, but this gets resolved in a most felicitous manner. Unlike many police procedurals, the crime is as intriguing as the characters.
The criminals are nuanced, or explainable if not, and their deeds do not seem unimaginable as with so many crime novels. I think Casey has done a great job of creating a book with a compelling plot and a cast full of characters I care about and want to see again. This is a series worth checking out!
The Burning is the first book in this series. This is book two. It is not essential to have read the first, but it too is a good book, and will fill you in on how Maeve and Rob got together. Aug 04, Larraine rated it liked it. It's a satisfying feeling - for me at least - to find an author who combines a good story, good characters AND good writing. It shouldn't be hard to find that combination, but it really is. This is the second book I've read in this series featuring a young and strong heroine, Maeve Kerrigan, a Detective Constable who is part of an elite murder squad in London.
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This is the second in the series. Maeve has been paired with a difficult partner and superior, Josh Derwent, who derides her and too ofte It's a satisfying feeling - for me at least - to find an author who combines a good story, good characters AND good writing. Maeve has been paired with a difficult partner and superior, Josh Derwent, who derides her and too often treats her as just a pretty face to be exploited. There's a touch of romance here as she wrestles her desire for a career with her strong attraction to her former partner, Rob.
In the meantime, he's been paired with a very attractive young woman. However, there's work to be done. When several known pedophiles who are out of prison are found murdered -after being horribly tortured - the murder squad is on the case.