Today I am reviewing Dead Pretty by Candy Denman, the latest in my spree of crime reads, and definitely one worth taking a look at!
The first in a new series featuring GP Jocasta Hughes, a willowy blonde with a wicked sense of humour and a highly unsatisfactory love life. Working with the local police as on the on-call Forensic Medical Practitioner, Jo uncovers the gruesome truth that a serial killer is on the loose in the small seaside town where she works – and that she herself has become a target.
This has everything I need from a crime book; mystery, intrigue, gory crime scenes, and a good old fashioned serial killer to top it all off! Not only that, but this takes on a new view to the crime genre than I am used to reading – Normally the books I pick up follow the lead detective on the case trying to track down the killer. Instead, Dead Pretty follows Dr Jocasta Hughes, a local GP and part time Forensic Medical Practitioner, as she begins to link together cases of dead girls, using her smarts and a little bit of subterfuge to conduct her own investigation into what was going on.
Faced with a plethora of problems, Jo struggles to keep her murder investigations on the sidelines. In her 30s and still single, Jo’s mother is putting on the pressure for her to find a man and settle down; as it turns out, dating as a doctor in a small town, especially when someone appears to be on a killing spree, is easier said than done. Mix that in with juggling her day job as a GP, with awkward patients and mysterious illnesses, plus her manic hours as the on call doctor for the police, it’s any wonder Jo has time to sleep some days!
As both Jo and the local police force struggle to track down the killer before they strike again, the story takes on plenty of twists and turns to keep you on your toes, with each chapter as gripping as the last, until finally the ending will leave you reeling.
Thankfully Dead Pretty is the first in a series, so there’s plenty more of Jo’s antics to get stuck into!