When the body of doting father Richard Taylor is found in bed by his children Harvey and Olive, DS Jane Bennett and DI Mike Lockyer find themselves dealing with anything but a straightforward murder case. Having recently returned to work as a result of events from her previous case (detailed in No Place to Die), Jane finds herself embroiled in a disturbing investigation where it is obvious that someone is lying, but who?
Although Trust No One is the third book in the series, it can be read as a standalone. After reading the previous book, however, I had looked forward to Clare Donoghue’s next instalment and, happily, I was not disappointed! It is easy to warm to the character of Jane Bennett as she juggles life in the police force with an ill father, an autistic son and an absent ex-partner. After events in the previous book, Lockyer’s overprotectiveness is also understandable.
One of the mistakes a lot of authors make is to include too many characters and make it too confusing to guess who the murderer is. This is not the case here – even though there are few potential suspects, I still found myself changing my mind constantly as to who had done it! When the culprit was revealed, I chastised myself for not remembering something from early on in the book that I thought, at the time, could be significant!
This is a well-written thriller, fully deserving of a five star rating. It can be pre-ordered from Trust No One
This book was received from Net Galley and Pan in return for an honest review.