The First Cut (DS Jane Renwick #1)
It’s hard to escape a brutal past…
A vicious serial killer is on the loose. Victims include an academic and notable members of Edinburgh’s high society.
When Detective Sergeant Jane Renwick learns through DNA that a member of her family could be the killer, she is banished to the sidelines of the case and forced to look on impotently as the hunt for the killer ramps up.
Frustrated, she decides to conduct her own investigations.
Has someone from her estranged birth family returned to haunt her? And where will the killer strike next?
It’s a race against time…
This fast-paced, gripping police procedural is set in Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland. It is the first in the new series of Scottish thrillers by bestselling crime writer, Val Penny.
Purchase Link – mybook.to/thefirstcut
Author Bio – Val Penny’s other crime novels, Hunter’s Chase Hunter’s Revenge, Hunter’s Force Hunter’s Blood and Hunter’s Secret form the bestselling series The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries. They are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by darkstroke Her first non-fiction book Let’s Get Published is also available now and she has most recently contributed her short story, Cats and Dogs to a charity anthology, Dark Scotland.
Val is an American author living in SW Scotland with her husband and their cat.
Social Media Links – www.valpenny.com
I was really looking forward to reading this and when I finally got to it, I devoured it within hours. I couldn’t put it down. Did the housework suffer? Damn right it did!
The characters were brilliant and well thought out. Gillian was a bit whiny for my liking, but I guess I can understand why. I loved Tim and Bear, they might be work partners but the chemistry they have is great, the banter made me chuckle. I do also love Jane and Rachael as a couple too. It’s not very often we get a main character that is LBGQT friendly, this definitely won me over. The girls also had great banter and sarcasm, I love a bit of banter I do. Even the villain in this book was amazing as you actually got to know him/her throughout. Occasionally you got to see through their eyes too.
There were not many twists to the book, but it was definitely fast paced and edge of the seat material and I was hooked from the first page. There was a downside. I noticed there was repetition, especially when they first found out about the young child that died. She was mentioned about a third or so into the book, but then a few chapters later the officers talk about her again as if it was never mentioned previously. This did annoy me a bit, however it can be forgiven as the book was so good.
Another thing that I really liked was how it switched from a third person narrative to a first person. This was very cleverly done and helped keep me on the edge of my seat. It added to the ambience of it.
Would I recommend this book? Yes I would! Especially if you were after something that’s fast paced, edge of your seat, gritty and brilliant.