Detective Inspector January David doesn’t love me.
He loves his missing sister. He loves his job.
But he doesn’t love me. Not in the way he should.
I am his wife. I am still his wife.
And I will do anything for him.
No matter what I have to sacrifice.
A couple of years ago I had the privilege to read Will Carver’s debut novel Girl 4, a book I found hard to forget, a book that was very well written and one which included an amazing plot along with a spattering of evil and ingenious murders. When I read the follow up last year – The Two – I have to admit I didn’t enjoy it as much and given the chance to read a new novel by the author, the third instalment in the Detective January David series, I jumped at the chance, a chance and opportunity to see how this reader felt about the latest offering from Will Carver.
I can categorically say, as far as this humble reader is concerned, Will Carver is back with a veritable bang, Dead Set has an incredible and everlasting punch. Simply put, this is as good if not better than Girl 4. The book will keep you guessing from the outset until the final revelatory and gripping chapter. The book, although complex, is skilfully woven together with numerous angles and sub plots to keep everyone happy. Working your way through the book it’s almost impossible to know what is going to happen, who’s responsible – for crimes past and present – and who will end up paying with their very life.
Getting the balance right between making the book overly complex and too simple is a delicate craft but I think the author has successfully managed to hit the nail on the head with this one. It made me think. I continued to question things throughout and I was never 100% certain I knew what was going on! That said, and this is where the balance comes in, I always felt as if I was a hair’s breadth away from cracking the case wide open.
The characters feed off one another, no more so than the three pivotal ones in the book – Eames, Detective January David and David’s missing wife. They all play a part to help the book flow and along with a gripping narrative and eclectic supporting cast, this book is over before you know it.
Predominately set in and around New York – which I absolutely loved – I felt like a tourist moving from one location to the other. I got a real sense of New York and one which makes me even keener to visit the Big Apple. New York comes alive for sure.
The ending is to die for! The way Carver closes the book is sensational. A little bit here, a little bit there, it all comes together yet at the same time leaves the door ajar and you wanting more. I want to know what happens next. One thing is certain; things will never be the same again.
- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Arrow (21 Nov 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099551055
- ISBN-13: 978-0099551058