‘Deep Fear’ by Rachel Lynch

Deep Fear: An unputdownable crime thriller (Detective Kelly Porter Book 2) by [Lynch, Rachel]


DI Kelly Porter is back. But will this new case push her beyond her limits?

On a peaceful summer’s morning in the Lake District, a woman’s body is discovered outside a church. She’s been murdered and a brutal, symbolic act performed on her corpse. DI Kelly Porter is in charge of the team investigating the crime, and is determined to bring the killer to justice. But as more deaths occur it is clear this is the work of a disturbed, dangerous and determined individual. Can Kelly put the puzzle pieces together before the danger comes closer to home?


My Review

This is the second book in the series featuring DI Kelly Porter.  I haven’t read the first book in the series yet but this didn’t really matter as it works perfectly well as a standalone book.  I absolutely LOVED reading ‘Deep Fear’ but more about that in a bit.

DI Kelly Porter is one feisty and determined lady.  It’s obvious that something has happened in her past, which affected her deeply and it still affects her to this day.  It isn’t immediately obvious as to what has happened but little clues are given and much like a jigsaw puzzle, when all the pieces are put together you find the complete picture.  DI Porter uses exercise as her coping mechanism and she regularly goes for a run on her own because it helps her think clearly and decreases her stress levels.  DI Porter is one of those detectives that I would love to work for.  She cares, she listens, she mucks in to do her share of the workload and if the poop hits the fan, she has your back.  Porter works well as part of a team but I think that she works well on her own too.  The start of the book sees the discovery of a body and the way the body has been positioned and the items around the body really get to Porter.  Porter has a keen nose for trouble and when she is investigating a case, if something doesn’t feel right then it usually isn’t and Porter won’t settle until she has fully satisfied her curiosity and exhausted all investigative avenues.

This was a cracking introduction to DI Kelly Porter.  The author’s writing style is such that you can’t fail to be drawn into the story and before long you are hooked.  I was addicted to this book from the moment I opened the front cover and began to read.  I binge read this book in three sittings, which is unusual for me as I usually have the attention span of a gnat and I am easily distracted but not in this case.  Reading ‘Deep Fear’ became an addiction and I became desperate for my next fix.  I just needed to know how the investigation progressed and the more I read, the more I wanted to read and the quicker I read.  The story hits the ground running and maintains the pace throughout. I really did get a sense of what a police investigation entails and the frustrations that police officers often feel in the course of an investigation.  I have to say that reading ‘Deep Fear’ was often like riding on an unpredictable and sometimes scary rollercoaster ride.  There were several twists and turns and there were moments where I just wanted to put my hands over my eyes as I feared what was going to happen next.  I enjoyed everything about this book- well all except the way in which the victims were positioned and the evidence that was in the immediate vicinity.  I don’t want to put too much more as it will give away too many spoilers.

As I stated towards the beginning of my review this is the second in the series featuring DI Kelly Porter but it works perfectly well as a standalone book.  As I am a bit OCD regarding reading a series in the correct order, I will definitely be seeking out DI Porter’s first case and making reading it one of my top priorities and then re-read ‘Deep Fear’.

To conclude I must say that ‘Deep Fear’ is one heck of a thrilling rollercoaster ride of a read and it is a book which I would wholeheartedly recommend to other readers.  I can’t wait to read the next case involving DI Porter and her team and here’s hoping that we don’t have too long to wait.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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