EVIDENCE When Crime Scene Manager, Cass Hunt, is called to a fatal road traffic collision in the dead of night, not all is as it seems and the last thing she expects is to end up working on a murder case with DCI Alex McKay.
INVESTIGATION More gruesome murders, a dead dog, and a startling revelation has the whole of the North East Police force reeling. Will they catch him before his latest prize becomes another victim and he fades into the shadows once more?
DARKNESS From the tree-line, someone is watching, and he doesn’t like where the investigation leads. Taking his time, he plans and executes each kill. He will not rest until his job is complete. One thing’s for certain, his intent is deadly, he’s dangerous, and he’s coming for her.
I found With Deadly Intent to be refreshingly different from most of the police procedural books I normally read, Cass Hunt the protagonist, isn’t your usual detective who comes with a whole load of baggage, she is a CSM- Crime Scene Manager, and as her title suggests she is the person responsible for managing the crime scene. When Cass is called to the scene of a fatal road accident, it soon becomes clear this was no accident and Cass finds herself working on a murder case, alongside DCI Alex McKay. As more gruesome murders take place, the investigation to catch the killer begins in earnest. By having two characters investigating the crime in different capacities the author very cleverly interweave the forensics and police work, making for an interesting and original read.
Great characterisation and natural sounding dialogue, the pace seems to bound along nicely, I found the characters to be credible and well developed, I particularly liked Cass, despite a traumatic past, she doesn’t let her past rule her life, in her job she is methodical and meticulous, but she also has a vulnerable side which becomes more apparent as the story progresses. One thing I wasn’t to keen on if I’m honest was the “romantic” side of the story, I much prefer a crime book to focus on the Gritty side of crime, but that’s only my preferred preference.
Some of the chapters are from the killers perspective, so you know what the murderer is thinking, as well as their motives for committing such hideous crimes, which certainly added tension and suspense to the plot. The plot was very well thought out and although I guessed who the killer was fairly early on, it didn’t distract from my enjoyment of this novel.
It’s a fairly short story but the author certainly packed a lot in, if I’m honest I did find the talk of budget cuts and redundancy’s a little off putting, again when I read a crime story I like to get to the nitty gritty stuff and not get distracted. In the authors defence she has written a highly entertaining novel, and bearing in mind this was KA Richardson’s debut novel, I think the author has done a very good job and written an intriguing read with well developed characters, and an original plot, and I will certainly be reading the second book in the series I’ve Been Watching You.
4 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️out of 5
Paperback: 252 pages
Publisher: Caffeine Nights Publishing (14 April 2016)