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  • Let the Dead Speak: A Maeve Kerrigan crime thriller

  • Maeve Kerrigan, Book 7
  • By: Jane Casey
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (485 ratings)

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Let the Dead Speak: A Maeve Kerrigan crime thriller

By: Jane Casey
Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
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Summary

A top ten Sunday Times bestselling author

From award-winning author Jane Casey comes a powerful crime thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final page…

A murder without a body
Eighteen-year-old Chloe Emery returns to her West London home one day to find the house covered in blood and Kate, her mother, gone. There may not be a body, but everything else points to murder.

A girl too scared to talk
Maeve Kerrigan is young, ambitious and determined to prove she’s up to her new role as detective sergeant. She suspects Chloe is holding something back, but best friend Bethany Norris won’t let Maeve get close. What exactly is Bethany protecting Chloe from?

A detective with everything to prove
As the team dig deeper into the residents of Valerian Road, no one is above suspicion. All Maeve needs is one person to talk, but that’s not going to happen. Because even in a case of murder, some secrets are too terrible to share…

©2017 Jane Casey (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"A tremendous sense of suspense." (Sunday Times)

"I was utterly gripped by Let the Dead Speak, a plotting masterpiece, and am in awe of its sheer pace and drive." (Susie Steiner, author of best seller Missing, Presumed)

"Casey is a true craftswoman, a writer who beguiles one through the most twisted of plots with a confident and seductive hand. Let the Dead Speak is sharp, complex and gripping to the very end." (Alex Marwood, best-selling author of Wicked Girls and The Killer Next Door)

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Brilliant

Brilliant story. Excellent narration. Maeve Kerrigan and Josh on great form. Best yet. More please

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The best in this series so far. Brilliant!

Which character – as performed by Caroline Lennon – was your favourite?

The narration was excellent, as is always the case with Caroline Lennon. Each character was voiced perfectly.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! It was hard to put down.

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This is a fabulous, engrossing read/listen. The strory is rich with layers and twists. The characters are wonderfully drawn, and very engaging as always. Maeve and Josh are on great form. The author did play a little fast and loose with clinical confidentiality (a Psychologist talking openly about the case of a live, discharged patient, to Police Officers who call in for a chat, with no Court Order), and the Data Protection Act (bank giving detailed information about a personal account, simply in reponse to a Police Officer asking)! However, although this would have grated in a book of lesser quality, I was instantly ready to suspend disbelief, due to how much I was enjoying the story.

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Another excellent Jane Casey thriller

Loved it all, bar a few glaring procedural errors which it seemed unbelievable that a bright spark like DS Kerrigan ...or indeed even a child would make as belied common sense. Tour de force performance from the dulcet toned Caroline Lennon. Great layered plot that just kept on going and enjoyed it 98% to the max minus the couple of niggles that beggared belief. Can't wait for the next one.

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Self pity!

I enjoyed the twists and turns of the story, particularly the unexpected ending, but disliked the self pity Maeve kept expressing. How she kept blaming herself for every little thing. I would like to see less of her arrogance in future books but it won't stop me listening.

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Good story but not Casey's best

Having read all Casey's books, I found this one lacking excitement. I persevered and it got better.
I found the Norris family very boring.

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Sorry couldn't get in to this.

Needed more voices to bring the characters alive. Slow story. I feel that Narrator did not do it justice

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Well narrated crime story

The narrator is excellent and the story kept me intrigued, although the pay off wasn't very satisfying.

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disappointing

I struggled to finish. Although its strengths lie in the authors knowledge of police procedure, I found the plot and structure of the novel as meandering, the relationship between Maeve and Derwent annoying, and unprofessional.
Slightly concerned for Maeve as she seems to want to die, as she flings herself across train tracks, and tackles murderers single handed

I found myself yelling at her whilst I progressed through the story, as it seemed evident of what was going to happen and she blithely walks into it..

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boring and crap

Don't bother buying this book. Its so dull I could barely get to end. I don't know why it was ever published let alone made into an audio book.

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I thoroughly enjoyed both the story and narration. The final twist was brilliant. totally recommend.

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