Deadly Wishes by Rachel McLean – Review

Today I am thrilled to be sharing with you my thoughts on Deadly Wishes by the insanely talented Rachel McLean! Big thanks to Rachel for providing me with a copy of the book to read, and also to Rachel of Rachels Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour.


Meet Zoe Finch, West Midlands Police’s newest Detective Inspector. She’s outspoken, ambitious, and damaged. And she’s working a case that could make her career, or cost her everything…

Fresh from the success of the Canary investigation into depravity and corruption at the highest levels, Zoe has attracted attention. Not least from Assistant Chief Constable Bryn Jackson.

But when Jackson is brutally murdered on the night of his retirement party, Zoe is dragged into a case that’s deeply personal.

All the evidence points to the victim’s downtrodden wife, who has secrets of her own. But Zoe begins to suspect all isn’t as it seems. Could Jackson’s death be linked to the Canary case? And what is her new boss, DCI David Randle, hiding?

Seeking out the truth will force Zoe to confront her own past and put her career, and her team’s lives, on the line.

Deadly Wishes is a gritty crime thriller perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Caroline Mitchell, and the BBC’s Line of Duty.

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Having read some of Rachels previous books, I knew to expect the unexpected, but also to expect the book to be a lot darker than it first appeared! This did not disappoint, and I was glued to it from the first page. I love a good gritty crime novel and this one had everything a good one needs – likeable characters, mystery, twists and turns galore and plenty suspects to keep you on your toes!

I absolutely loved Zoe. A good detective, she pressed on and followed her instincts the whole time, investigating leads even when others told her to leave it be. She’s part of such a well rounded team, it made it such an enjoyable read to see them working together and the relationships between them all.

There’s so many threads of this story that slowly pull together, forever having me guessing what would happen next and trying to figure out who was involved with what. So many layers to what starts off as a basic murder case, until it unearths much deeper, darker issues and becomes an action packed investigation! I’m looking forward to reading about more of Zoe Finch’s adventures, that’s for sure!

Purchase Links

Amazon UK
Amazon US

About The Author

rachel mcleanMy name’s Rachel McLean and I write thrillers that make you think.

What does that mean?

In short, I want my stories to make your pulse race and your brain tick.

Do you often get through a thriller at breakneck pace but are left with little sense of what the book was really about? Do you sometimes read literary fiction but just wish something would damn well happen?

My books aim to fill that gap.

If you’d like to know more about my books and receive extra bonus content, please join my book club at I’ll send you a weekly email with news about my writing research and progress, stories and bonus content for each book. And I’ll let you know when my books are on offer.

Social Media
Twitter – @RachelMcWrites
Facebook – @RachelMcLeanWrites
Instagram – @RachelMcWrites

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