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Summary

In the chilling new crime novel from award-winning author Jane Casey, Detective Maeve Kerrigan and the murder squad must navigate a web of lies to discover the truth....

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....

©2017 Jane Casey (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"A tremendous sense of suspense." ( Sunday Times)
"I was utterly gripped by Let the Dead Speak, a plotting masterpiece, and am in awe of its sheer pace and drive." (Susie Steiner, author of best seller Missing, Presumed)
"Casey is a true craftswoman, a writer who beguiles one through the most twisted of plots with a confident and seductive hand. Let the Dead Speak is sharp, complex and gripping to the very end." (Alex Marwood, best-selling author of Wicked Girls and The Killer Next Door)
"Jane Casey is one of the brightest stars in the modern crime firmament, and Let the Dead Speak may be her best yet. Fiendishly gripping." (John Connolly, best-selling author of the Charlie Parker series)

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Brilliant

Brilliant story. Excellent narration. Maeve Kerrigan and Josh on great form. Best yet. More please

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Another excellent Jane Casey thriller

Loved it all, bar a few glaring procedural errors which it seemed unbelievable that a bright spark like DS Kerrigan ...or indeed even a child would make as belied common sense. Tour de force performance from the dulcet toned Caroline Lennon. Great layered plot that just kept on going and enjoyed it 98% to the max minus the couple of niggles that beggared belief. Can't wait for the next one.

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  • Ann D
  • Newcastle, England
  • 13-03-17

The best in this series so far. Brilliant!

Which character – as performed by Caroline Lennon – was your favourite?

The narration was excellent, as is always the case with Caroline Lennon. Each character was voiced perfectly.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! It was hard to put down.

Any additional comments?

This is a fabulous, engrossing read/listen. The strory is rich with layers and twists. The characters are wonderfully drawn, and very engaging as always. Maeve and Josh are on great form. The author did play a little fast and loose with clinical confidentiality (a Psychologist talking openly about the case of a live, discharged patient, to Police Officers who call in for a chat, with no Court Order), and the Data Protection Act (bank giving detailed information about a personal account, simply in reponse to a Police Officer asking)! However, although this would have grated in a book of lesser quality, I was instantly ready to suspend disbelief, due to how much I was enjoying the story.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Self pity!

I enjoyed the twists and turns of the story, particularly the unexpected ending, but disliked the self pity Maeve kept expressing. How she kept blaming herself for every little thing. I would like to see less of her arrogance in future books but it won't stop me listening.

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Good story but not Casey's best

Having read all Casey's books, I found this one lacking excitement. I persevered and it got better.
I found the Norris family very boring.

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  • Penny
  • United Kingdom
  • 23-04-17

disappointing

I struggled to finish. Although its strengths lie in the authors knowledge of police procedure, I found the plot and structure of the novel as meandering, the relationship between Maeve and Derwent annoying, and unprofessional.
Slightly concerned for Maeve as she seems to want to die, as she flings herself across train tracks, and tackles murderers single handed

I found myself yelling at her whilst I progressed through the story, as it seemed evident of what was going to happen and she blithely walks into it..

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dog walker sussex

I thoroughly enjoyed both the story and narration. The final twist was brilliant. totally recommend.

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Good read

Very good book couldn't put it. Down some late night's as to good to put it down would read more of this aurther

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brilliant book

loved it loads of twists, good story line, lots of fact and insight. a must read

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  • Liz
  • CHEADLE, United Kingdom
  • 16-02-18

I love Maeve Kerrigan

What did you like most about Let the Dead Speak: A Maeve Kerrigan crime thriller?

Kept me interested from beginning to end.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Let the Dead Speak: A Maeve Kerrigan crime thriller?

When she revealed at the end that Bethany had taken Chloe to the church

Have you listened to any of Caroline Lennon’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

None