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Deadly Focus: The Gripping First Novel in the Acclaimed DI Dylan Series (D.I. Dylan Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I don't wish to spoil the plot for anyone so I won't talk too much about it as you have to buy this book for yourself.
I bought this book on the Saturday and finished it Sunday morning it really is that good. The procedural aspects are spot on and so is the attitude of senior management in ongoing investigations. The relationships within the squad dealing with what is really the worst crimes that officers can deal with is portrayed as it is. This is the beauty of RC Bridgestock's gift having lived and worked the job for 30 years they can convey this so easily and keep you on the edge of your seat wanting to know more.
I had my suspicions early on who I thought had "done it" and even though I was correct it didn't detract from my enjoyment I just wanted "them" caught and was willing Jack and the others to get a break.
Can not wait for Consequences to be published next year.
The book is more like a case file than a novel. I will not be reading the next book in this series.
The book begins by telling of a serial killer kidnapping and murdering a nine-year-old child. The story is so poignantly told that I thought my heart would break. I kept reading because I felt compelled to see this villain caught and punished. That's how real the book became to me.
An intimate view of a policeman's personal life is also realistically shown. The sacrifices demanded of policemen and women and their families became very real to me. How could any police person's marriage succeed, I wondered? The answer, of course, is with love, understanding and forgivness on both sides.
As a writer I'm keeping DEADLY FOCUS as a resource for correct British police procedure. Who knows when I'll decide to set one of my cozies in West Yorkshire? I also highly recommend this novel for all mystery/crime book lovers.
I love a good crime book and read plenty of them, so it always takes me by surprise when crimes in one book will affect me a lot more than in others. Reading of someone going around killing innocent and unsuspecting children really got to me. I have to admit that some parts made for uncomfortable reading as well as making me quite emotional.
What I loved about Jack Dylan as well as his colleague Dawn is that they care, and I mean really care. Even though they have been doing the job for quite a while, it has hardened them of course but not enough to not get emotional when they are faced with such sad and pointless losses. The way they deal with the children's families I also thought was great as they came across as being very supportive and caring and it was great to read that in a crime novel.
Jack I have to admit to not knowing quite how I felt about him at first. Out of work he is like a love sick teenager whilst at work he is this very strong confident man who takes no rubbish from anyone. It did take some getting used to but I really warmed to him, especially the relationship he has with his colleague Dawn.
Dawn I really loved and think she is a great character. She is likened to Dawn French in the story and I totally agree.She obviously has a big heart and you can see the job is taking it's toll on her at times. I love the banter she has with Jack, anyone else probably wouldn't get away with it but Jack obviously thinks a lot of Dawn and lets her get away with that little bit more than any of the others, though I very much doubt that anyone else would even dare to joke around with him as he is someone you would not want to upset.
Deadly Focus has some strong and likeable characters as well as a gripping storyline that will have the reader flying through the pages. Great start to a series.
Many thanks to the authors for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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