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Summary

From the BAFTA award-winning creator of Prime Suspect, starring Helen Mirren, comes the blistering follow-up to the best-selling Tennison.

Jane Tennison, a young, inexperienced WPC, learns the hard way never to take anyone - or anything - at face value, whether in her dealings with her police colleagues or when confronted by seemingly innocent suspects.

Hidden Killers sees Jane acting as a decoy prostitute, with the hope of capturing a suspect wanted for numerous sexual assaults. The attacker is drawn in and put under arrest. Commended for bravery in the case, Jane is given CID status and moves from Hackney to Bow Street Station as detective. Her first call-out is to a nonsuspicious death. The victim is a young mother drowned tragically in her bath, leaving a bereft and doting husband and a young child.

The two storylines interweave as Jane begins to doubt the evidence against her assailant in East London and becomes certain that the young woman in the bath did not drown in tragic circumstances. Two entirely different cases but one common thread - the lingering doubt in Jane's mind around the evidence...and around her colleagues.

©2016 Lynda La Plante (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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Gripped tight and didnt let go

I read book one in this early Jane Tennison series and loved it and was looking forward to book 2.
It didn't disappoint. Jane is ahead of the rest even at the start of her career. She sees links and opportunities to solve clues and move the case along and takes them despite going against the authority within the Police.
I felt the story was well told and developed. It felt real and I really got engrossed in it.
I loved the plot from the start with the reader following the clues with Tennison and seeing the conclusions reached.
Its interesting to see where the highly accomplished detective Tennison from Prime Suspect came from.
There were two stories running here and I felt both of them were given enough attention to feel gripping.
It was interesting to see how the role of women in work was at that time and the difficulties it meant for women who were just trying to do their work while having to bat away prejudice at the same time
I found the narrative ok not great but not dire and did not (for me) distract from the story.
I would highly recommend this one and hope book three will come soon.

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Why would you, life is so short.

It is probably the worst book so far by a long way 360 books & counting, know you can return it but who is going to return 2 hours of my life.

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Deyn

Promising start to the beginning and good portrayal of East London. Rather disappointing towards the end.

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Kept my Interest

I enjoyed it this book, but it wasn't the most exciting read and the narrator wasn't great. But overall it kept my interest, so I don't want to be too harshly critical

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was ok but narration dodgy

struggling with narration. seen tv version and didn't "match" very well with depiction of main character. accent on 1 character was shocking and a little off putting. story good though

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Gripping, well-constructed detective novel

I believe that this novel, Hidden Killers, and the one called Tennsion, both of which cover Jane’s time as a young PC, were written after the Prime Suspect books were first published and the success of the TV series starring Helen Mirren. The young Jane is depicted as less feisty than when more senior and inured to her male colleagues attitudes to female police officers, but her ambition and tenacity are evident from the beginning of her career.

As the book is set in the 1970s it is interesting to be reminded how difficult it was to pin down whether a suspect had been at a crime scene in the days before DNA analysis became a vital tool for detectives.

Unlike some other reviewers, I thought the reader to be very good and, by using different accents and tones of voice, she helped me keep track of the different players. The characters are well drawn and the two main crimes clearly delineated so I didn’t get confused as the stories switched back and forth.

A gripping and satisfying listen with believable characters.


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Brilliant

Lynda La Plante proves yet again why she is amongst the greatest of crime story writers. The detail that is once again brought into her books gives such a thorough imagining to this series and this book.

It's so wonderful to see the character of Jane Tennison growing and learning as a young police officer. We get to witness her learning her craft and honing it to become the complex and brilliant character she forms in the Prime Suspect series.

My only reason for not giving this full stars across the board was because of the odd little bit of narration that was done by a male actor. It felt completely out of place and unnecessary. Also Julie Teal's American and English accents for 'Angie' were all over the place, this was partly explained away in the story itself, but it did some times feel that she'd start a scene with one accent and then suddenly remember it was supposed to be a combination of the two so it would end in a different accent.

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Good story but....

I really enjoyed this and the previous story in the series. However, the attention to detail in the production isn't perfect. Gibbs seems to change rank frequently between DS and DI which is a little distracting. Don't let this put you off - my main reason for mentioning it is the hope that the producers see it and address it in future books.

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Brilliant

The narrator was brilliant, really brought this book to life. I couldn't stop listening. I would give this book 10 stars if I could.

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Dated (obviously as written in 1970's) Bland.

I am not a fan of police stories so I'm probably not the best person to judge. There was no buildup of the characters personalities. It was more like a blow by blow description of events and therefore lacked depth or interest for me. The narrator was very good. The story did show how easily police workers may become cynical people and distrustful of everyone.