A top ten Sunday Times bestselling author
From award-winning author Jane Casey comes a powerful crime thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final page…
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A murder without a body
Eighteen-year-old Chloe Emery returns to her West London home one day to find the house covered in blood and Kate, her mother, gone. There may not be a body, but everything else points to murder.
A girl too scared to talk
Maeve Kerrigan is young, ambitious and determined to prove she’s up to her new role as detective sergeant. She suspects Chloe is holding something back, but best friend Bethany Norris won’t let Maeve get close. What exactly is Bethany protecting Chloe from?
A detective with everything to prove
As the team dig deeper into the residents of Valerian Road, no one is above suspicion. All Maeve needs is one person to talk, but that’s not going to happen. Because even in a case of murder, some secrets are too terrible to share…
What people are saying about Let the Dead Speak
‘I was utterly gripped’ Susie Steiner, author of Missing, Presumed
‘Sharp, complex and gripping to the very end’ Alex Marwood, author of The Wicked Girls
‘Fiendishly gripping’ John Connolly, author of the Charlie Parker series
'A tremendously twisty, emotional read’ Sarah Hilary, author of Someone Else’s Skin
‘Fans of intelligent police procedurals and meaty crime fiction are in for a real treat’ Sinead Crowley, author of Can Anybody Help Me
‘If you haven’t discovered Jane Casey yet, this is the perfect place to start’ Mark Edwards, author of Follow You Home
‘All the twists and turns of a top-rate police procedural but with the psychological depth of a top-rate psych thriller’ Tammy Cohen, author of When She Was Bad
About the author
Jane Casey is no stranger to the crime world. Married to a criminal barrister, she’s got the inside track on some of the country’s most dangerous offenders, giving her writing an unsettlingly realistic feel.
This authenticity has made her novels international bestsellers and critical successes. They have been nominated for several awards and in 2015 Jane won both the Mary Higgins Clark Award and Irish Crime Novel of the Year for The Stranger You Know and After the Fire, respectively. She is also an active member of Killer Women, a London-based group of crime writers.
Born in Dublin, Jane now lives in southwest London with her husband and two children.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
There’s often something particularly menacing about suburban crime thrillers. And Jane Casey captures that insidious, familiar fear perfectly in her seventh book starring (newly promoted) detective sergeant Meave Kerrigan. This latest grisly case involves a quiet street, a house full of blood, a distressed daughter and a missing mother. As with so many of Casey’s previous books, the ambitious, forthright and very human DS Kerrigan’s the real star here but Let the Dead Speak is bold and confident enough to easily work as a standalone introduction to a very talented author and a gripping series.
In Casey's compelling, high-tension seventh mystery featuring London's Det. Constable Maeve Kerrigan (following 2016's After the Fire), Kerrigan's homicide team wonder whether their approach has provoked additional crimes from suspects terrified into trying to protect their own secrets. One rainy day, 18-year-old Chloe Emery returns sooner than expected to her mother Kate's house in Putney after a visit to her father and stepmother. Inside, Chloe finds an angry cat, blood streaks on the walls, and no sign of her mother. The evangelical neighbors next door, Mr. and Mrs. Norris whose 15-year-old daughter, Bethany, is extremely close to Chloe take her in, but they disapprove of single mother Kate, who often had men visitors, and are strangely unhelpful when Kerrigan and her crew investigate what appears to be a murder case. The intricate plot unfolds naturally, as Casey never lets readers stray from Kerrigan's point of view, so that they feel as if they are figuring it all out with her in this increasingly dark and tragic story.