The Last Good Place, Robin Burcell
I read this book in a couple of sessions, having got into the story quickly, and then not wanting to put it down till I knew how it was going on.
The story starts with next door neighbours preparing for their regular morning run, though one is a little late, and says she will catch up. Minutes later, one of them has apparently become the victim of a serial killer, whilst the other becomes the witness who finds the body.
The homicide detectives investigating are an oddly matched pair, Al Krug, the veteran with a style developed through experience, and Casey Kellog, the younger man who is keen to make a successful career. Initially it looks like a straightforward murder, with a suspect found quickly, and everything pointing to him as the perpetrator of the crime.
Needless to say, it isn’t quite as straightforward as it looks, and as Krug and Kellog get to know more about the circumstances, we are left wondering what might really have happened. As stories become more complex, involving local politics, big business and personal relationships, the reader is drawn into the tangled web. Add to that the struggles that Casey Kellog is having preparing for his promotional interview and trying to maintain a semblance of a personal life, and you have a compelling story. One of the things I most liked about this book was that it didn’t just finish in a hurry as the end approached – it felt as if it was planned out until the very end, and when the last page was reached I wasn’t left with that feeling of ‘Oh, well that’s that.’
A grand read, engaging and enjoyable to the end.
Thanks to the publishers, Brash books who sent me a copy of this book for review, via Netgalley.