When the body of a young woman is found in a disused air raid shelter, and another body is found soon after, Jane Tennison has her work cut out trying to convince her superior officers that the case warrants a thorough investigation. Although it is apparent that one of the bodies has been there for quite some time, Jane does not feel that this is a reason to cut corners and so embarks on an investigation that will take her to Australia in order to get justice for the dead.
The news of a new Tennison book always puts a smile on my face as the character has been one of my favourites for many decades. This is now the eighth in the series and the detective who we first met in the ITV drama Prime Suspect has been slowly climbing the promotional ladder yet still finding herself an outcast with many of the officers she works with. She is always criticised for being a bit of a lone wolf but it is easy to see why when she is rarely taken seriously despite her successful track record.
Dark Rooms for me is classic Lynda La Plante with an array of larger than life characters that I could easily see as part of a television mini-series. As this is a cold case, Tennison has to use her best investigative skills to find the truth about what happened at the home of the Lanark family, a family with dark secrets who will do anything they can to keep them hidden. There are some tense moments as Jane is put in danger and we realise just how unhinged some of these people are.
One of the themes throughout the life of Jane Tennison is her bad luck in her choice of men and this continues in Dark Rooms. Although her latest partner, on the surface, seems like a solid, dependable man, readers are privy to information that Jane does not have so it will be interesting to see if he appears in the next book!
This is a series that is going from strength to strength and I can’t wait to see where Lynda La Plante takes Jane next.