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Shot Through The Heart 

Author: Isabelle Grey
Published: 24 March 2016
Reviewed: 28 July 2016
4 out of 5 Stars
Copy supplied by Quercus Books in return for an honest review

Description:

Who can you turn to, if not the police?

Essex, Christmas Day. As the residents of a small town enjoy their mince pies, shots ring out in the street. Five people are gunned down before the lone shooter turns his weapon on himself.

Grace Fisher, now Detective Inspector, is tasked with making some sense of this atrocity – all the more sensitive because the first of the victims was one of their own: a police officer. The case throws her back together with crime reporter Ivo Sweatman, but as she investigates it becomes clear that the police connection goes much deeper than she thought.

As the evidence of corruption grows and she is obstructed at every turn, Grace knows she is walking further into danger. Then, her young key witness disappears…

What far-reaching compromises will Grace have to make to safeguard the innocent? 

My Thoughts & Review:

If you’ve not read Good Girls Don’t Die then I recommend you go off and get a copy to read before reading this book.

Christmas Day in a small town in Essex, families are together, people are happy, friends are merry but for Russell Fewell things are not as they should be.  He is driving his van through the village of Dunholt with presents for his children and a rifle.  
When DI Grace Fisher gets the call there has been a shooting and there are 5 bodies, including the shooter, she knows Christmas is over.  What she has yet to discover is that one of the victims was one of their own, a serving Police Officer.  
As the investigation gets under way, DI Fisher is determined to find out where the gun came from, what motive Fewell had for carrying out this tragedy and not realising that the questions she asks will be uncomfortable for many, uncovering corruption among her fellow officers could be fatal move for her career.

With narration from a variety of perspectives, including a teenage girl who is devastated by the loss of her best friend in this tragedy, the reader is shown a perspective not commonly depicted in this genre.  This contrasts well with the crime journalist Ivo Sweatman, who appeared in the previous book.  His appearance brings a welcome relief for DI Fisher when she needs to find out answers to questions she cannot ask.  

This is a complex but cleverly written book.  The plotting, narration and tension in this book are superb, the author shows great ability to create tension and scenarios that cause the reader to pause and question.  The characters are brilliantly created, so many different layers to each one, and utterly fascinating to read about.  
I did grapple with DI Fisher’s theory about the cause of the shooting, something about it just didn’t “right” with me, but that’s personal preference and no reflection on the author or her work.

Shot Through The Heart would definitely be a book I’d love to see make it on to TV – indeed Isabelle Grey’s background is in television so her writing would lend itself well to this.  

A fascinating read, one that shows the fall out of mass shootings on both the ones who investigate as well as those left behind to pick up the pieces.  A thought provoking read with characters you will want to hear more from.

You can buy a copy of Shot Through The Heart here.
 

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