Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Release date: 2 March 2023
Back cover blurb: At first glance, Jellicoe Close seems to be a perfect suburban street – well-kept houses with pristine lawns, neighbours chatting over garden fences, children playing together. But there are dark secrets behind the neat front doors, hidden dangers that include a ruthless criminal who will stop at nothing. It’s up to DS Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent to uncover the truth. Posing as a couple, they move into the Close, blurring the lines between professional and personal as never before. And while Maeve and Josh try to gather the evidence they need, they have no idea of the danger they face – because someone in Jellicoe Close has murder on their mind.
I haven't read all of Jane Casey's Kerrigan and Derwent books (I know, I'm rubbish!!) but the ones that I have read, I have thoroughly enjoyed, and the Close is no exception. This could definitely be read as a standalone novel, though it may be useful to have read at least one other in the series to understand Kerrigan and Derwent's (complicated) relationship...
The novel opens with Kerrigan being called to investigate a murder at a hospital, it's a tricky case with no obvious leads. The usual suspects having cast iron alibies. She is absorbed in the case when a member of the local government is seen in her boss' office.
DS Maeve Kerrigan knows that it doesn't mean anything good for her or her team. She's proven right when she's asked to go undercover to assist in solving a case involving someone close to the government member.
This is personal, and they need to get it right.
As if being asked to go undercover, in a high pressure case wasn't enough, she's asked to go with her boss, DI Josh Derwent, as his partner in more ways than one. They are being asked to pose as a couple... To say that they have a volatile relationship would be putting it mildly, but could spending so much time together actually be good for them?
Only time will tell.
The Close is one of those picture perfect neighbourhoods that is so far from perfect in reality. Each of the front doors holds secrets behind it, some neighbours more eager than others to let the strangers into their world.
The house that the pair have been sent to investigate on first glance appears to house the most normal occupants, but as the sweltering summer heat rises, tensions in the close escalate, and it's clear that almost no one in the close could be considered normal.
In such a complex case they are all suspects..
This novel is a brilliant installment in the series, I can't wait to read the next!
The Close is available to buy now via Amazon online and all good book shops.
Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.