Dead Bad by Helen Durrant

DEAD BAD a gripping crime mystery full of twists by Helen H. Durrant
DEAD BAD a gripping crime mystery full of twists 

Helen H. Durrant (Goodreads Author)

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EXCERPT: A young woman, her blank eyes staring into nothing. Her throat had been cut. For a few seconds Robbins was transfixed. He’d never even seen a dead body before. And this wasn’t just a dead body, this was a murder victim he was looking at, had to be. The sight was horrific. She was nailed to something and things had been done to her.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: Detectives Calladine and Bayliss face a vicious serial killer in a mystery with a shocking ending.

A woman’s body is found in a disused church, a homemade stuffed toy by her side. The victim had been dumped there months ago. The crime has the hallmarks of twenty-year-old case whose alleged perpetrator is in prison.

Detective Ruth Bayliss must work out whether a serial killer has returned, or if a new killer is just taunting the police.

Her partner DI Tom Calladine faces the fight of his life to clear his name of corruption accusations. And then things go from bad to worse for Calladine . . .

With the team under massive pressure and drugs flooding the streets, another gruesomely presented body is found.

In an ending with a huge twist, the detectives must unpick decades’ old lies before anyone else dies.

MY THOUGHTS: I like this series. It has grown on me as I have read my way through the majority of the previous seven books. But this one just seems to be lacking something that the others had. It felt flat to me, although there was plenty going on, until the final few chapters when it finally got its teeth into me and I was rapidly flipping pages, determined to discover the outcome before I had to leave for work.

It is possible to read Dead Bad as a standalone, but I wouldn’t really recommend it. There is too much background information, especially regarding relationships between the characters, that the first time reader would be ignorant of. But then, perhaps it might be a more intriguing read if you were fresh to them.

It was great to see Greco back, albeit briefly, although he didn’t come to the fore in Dead Bad as much as he has previously. I missed his little foibles. They were somewhat glossed over. He is a character who deserves to be made more of.

While I liked Dead Bad, I didn’t love it. 3.5 stars.

Thank you to Joffe Books via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of Dead Bad by Helen Durrant for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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