Title: The Killing Kind
Author: Jane Casey
Genre: Psychological Thriller
# of pages: 480
Released on: 27th May 2021
Published by: Harper Collins Publishers
Source: complimentary copy from NetGalley
Jane Casey’s Maeve Kerrigan series is entertaining. The killing kind, her latest novel, is a gripping psychological thriller from the get-go.
Ingrid Lewis is a barrister, and her professional life involves dealing with a criminal daily.
One morning she was running late. And once she reaches the courthouse she meets an old-time colleague Belinda Grey. But a few hours later, Belinda dies in a road accident. Ingrid feels guilty as she senses Belinda’s death was wrongful because she wasn’t the target. Ingrid was!
And from here starts a twisted game that might not just destroy Ingrid’s career, but she might lose her life.
Ingrid Lewis performs her legal job with honesty, and she loves it. She is a part of the prosecution team, and she firmly believes in evidence. Everything is not calm and regular in her life. In 2016, after she saved John Webster from a prison sentence, her life became a living nightmare. John Webster made her his next target by destroying everything in her life, including her home.
The story is narrated in two timelines between 2016 and 2019. The story is layered with mysteries, and once the revelations start, it doesn’t end until the last page. Ingrid Lewis becomes paranoid once she investigates Belinda Gray’s accident. She has a lingering sense of someone watching her or is going to attack her. But she did not have definitive evidence that it’s John Webster, but she knows it’s him!
Ingrid Lewis is portrayed as a strong woman with firm decision-making skills. But with the paranoia and people dying around her, she cannot see things straight or decide.
John Webster in the mix only complicates matters for her. John Webster is a smart, ruthless, and eagle-eyed man. Once in his clutches, difficult to come out of it.
The mystery and the climax are not just gripping but compelling. It is difficult to resist until the reader finishes the book. The book has different formats for email transactions and newspaper articles. They are tiny things that keep the reader engaged.
Casey never creates perfect characters, they have humane flaws, and they sound real. And this continued with Ingrid as well.
If you love a twisted psychological thriller, this should be your pick.
Thank you, NetGalley and Harper Collins UK for the copy of the ebook in exchange for my honest review.