Two Victims - Helen H. Durrant

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Official Blurb:

A MURDERED WOMAN FOUND ON A BUILDING SITE. EXECUTED BY A SINGLE GUN SHOT. BUT WORSE IS TO COME. ANOTHER BODY IS FOUND BURIED IN THE SAME PLACE.
Detective Rachel King has two victims to deal with. The first woman was local nurse, Agnes Moore. One of the victim’s friends makes contact but then disappears.
Does Rachel have a serial killer on her hands? And what was Agnes really helping local girls with? Will Rachel’s former lover, well-know villain Jed McAteer come back to haunt her with his connections to the victims.
Who will pay the ultimate price next?

My Thoughts:

This is a really fast-paced crime novel and the second in the DCI Rachel King series by Helen H. Durrant. Containing only 208 pages, the story has to move swiftly and be succinct; there isn’t the space for wasted events nor descriptions. This really keeps the story moving and the reader turning the page to find out the outcome.
I don’t think this book can be read as a stand-alone. There are some references to past events, but unlike similar crime series, there are no unnecessary recaps. The author is assuming you have read the first book and doesn’t need to explain anything.
In this novel, DCI Rachel King is tasked with solving the murder of two women. The deeper she delves, the harder it is to piece all the pieces together, and she stumbles across another detective’s case involving human trafficking. She is up against it with her superiors, the other detectives and her past. Her past is coming back to haunt her once again, will she ever be free of a mistake she made 18 years ago?
The story itself was really gripping, but the page count worked against it slightly as you didn’t feel like you were completely along for the ride with DCI King. Unfortunately, I read this straight off the back of another crime book where you are privy to every movement the police make and you feel part of the investigation. Here I felt a little out of the loop in places. Rachel is also very abrupt with her manner, and it bordered on unprofessional. I’m not sure if this was intentional or whether this is how the author thinks police detectives should speak to their peers and even the general public. It left me feeling a little uneasy. It is for these reasons I am only giving it four instead of five stars.
Overall, however, it was a quick and relatively light read (regardless of the subject matter), and I did enjoy it.

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Two Victims
by Helen H. Durrant
Date Started
21st July 2019
Date Finished
22nd July 2019
Rating
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