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The Night Stalker (Detective Jane Bennett and Mike Lockyer series Book 4) Kindle Edition
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That said, the mystery itself just isn’t very good. Bennet and Lockyer are shipped off to Somerset to “assist” an incompetent local police detective. One death turns out to be linked to several, a violent local legend figures large, and the weather is awful. Which would be okay if the novel made much sense. But Donoghue hops from one character and place to another in a way that’s confusing—red herrings abound, plot points are just not believable. A terrified girl is pursued by car on a dark country road, but when she makes it home, doesn’t tell her parents? So it can happen again?
Worst is character development of detectives Mike Lockyer and Jane Bennett. Earlier books have given both characters an interesting back story: Bennett is a single mother with an autistic son and vengeful ex-lover; Lockyer is divorced with a grown daughter. But none of this explains why in Night Stalker, Lockyer is such an impatient, cranky guy and Bennett is the victim of constant panic attacks. Perhaps causes for their quirks were detailed in previous books? Not helpful here.
Without giving away the mystery, there is a tricky double conclusion that rests on a completely improbable set of circumstances.
I had no idea how this story was going to play out for such a long time, I kept wrecking my brain who could be behind all of this. I thought I paid attention to detail and figured it all out by myself while they were still fumbling about. I was dead wrong. I can’t say anything anymore than that I fell from surprise into surprise into surprise. No typo, it’s exactly what I mean. The middle part of the novel was maybe a little bit of nothing really big happening at all but it all came rushing down in one spectacular cascade. The ending of this case was great! Now I know why I loved the first novel so much again too, such a great reveal.
This novel can be read as a standalone but I read novel 1 and now number 4 and I advise you to do the same so that you can place the personal lives of Lockyer and Bennett better.
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