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The Woman in Black by Kerry Wilkinson

The Woman in Black (Jessica Daniel, #3)The Woman in Black by Kerry Wilkinson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was hard for me to rate, because I truly did enjoy it. I didn’t figure it out before it was revealed, which is a plus, but when you advertise a “twist you won’t see coming” on the book’s cover, you better deliver a big one. And this one was “meh.” It didn’t knock my socks off.

But overall, I did enjoy this book a great deal. It was suspenseful and kept me intrigued.

Detective Jessica Daniel finds herself heading up an investigation into first one, then several more, human hands found left in very public spaces by a woman in a long, black cloak, dubbed “The Woman in Black.” As the station’s brass is focused on the missing wife of a local government official, Daniel and her team are facing a pile of hands – and potentially, murders – and more questions than answers.

This book really pulls you in because the concept is so unique. Hands left in public by someone who hides their identity well enough not to be picked up by security cameras. It’s so puzzling. The suspense really builds throughout the book, since it’s not the kind of book which just lays things out there. I really had no idea what was going on.

Also, the subplot about the politician’s wife is pretty good, which adds to the layers of the story.

However, the book was lengthy. I wish it had been edited down to be, maybe, 50 pages shorter. It just seemed to be really long at times, with some unnecessary scenes and details. But that wasn’t enough to put me off finishing the book or anything.

And, again, the twist was a bit disappointing because it wasn’t very original. I feel like I’ve seen similar things before. It left me a little disappointed, to be honest. But added in with the rest of the book, I felt the conclusion was ok. It wrapped things up nicely.

Overall, I really did enjoy this book, however, and I’ll certainly be reading more in this series. Just don’t reading this expecting some kind of “Girl on the Train” twister.

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