Review: Wrong Victim (DCI Rachel King Book 3) by Helen H. Durrant - .Red Wine & Books

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Review: Wrong Victim (DCI Rachel King Book 3) by Helen H. Durrant


Print Length: 257 pages
Publisher: Joffe Books (December 5, 2019)

From Goodreads.com:  A man is found dead in his bed, suffocated, covered in confetti and with his ring finger missing. Detective Rachel King informs his daughter and takes her to identify the body.

But she’s never seen the man before in her life.

WHAT IF YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW WHO THE KILLER REALLY WANTED TO MURDER?

Then a second murder. This time a woman, Alison, also suffocated and with her finger severed and confetti is strewn over her body. The team desperately searches for a link before anyone else dies. Meanwhile, someone has been running a property scam, selling dream houses that will never be built. And the love of Rachel’s life has disappeared. Is he really the mastermind of a people-trafficking gang? Or does Rachel have enemies on her own team?

A MYSTERY FULL OF STUNNING TWISTS AND WITH NO ONE RACHEL CAN TRUST.


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My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

This is the third book in the DCI Rachel King series, and while I believe it technically could be read as a stand-alone novel, this one does mention several aspects of the last book which may be confusing to a first-time reader. 

This is one of those stories that draws you in from the beginning and has you guessing throughout. There are a lot of questions that pop up, not only during the course of Rachel's investigation, but in other areas as well. What is Keaton up to? Does Rachel really have a mole in her department? 

When you factor in Jed and his complicated relationship with Rachel and her youngest daughter, this a book that pulls no punches. The characters are complex (Rachel more so than any of the others, although we do get glimpses of the various personalities of the other cops in her unit), this story is fast-paced, but interesting enough to keep you reading to find out what happens next. 

One of the things I like most about this series is the way that while there are several offshoots of both the investigation as well as goings-on in the personal life of the characters, somehow they all (for the most part) manage to be interconnected. A blackmail threat here turns into a lead there, a stranger in a town car turns into an unforeseen threat, etc. Even when it seems like something might be completely random, the author has a purpose to everything she does. 

Overall, these books are perfect for someone who enjoys a good police novel with twists and turns. I will definitely continue not only with this series, but with other books by this author.

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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                                  Wrong Victim is available from Amazon.com

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