Author – Simon Booker
Published – Aug 2017
Genre – Crime fiction
I have about 20 books to review and 42 days until the start of next year, as I’d like to ‘clear the decks’ before the New Year (and of course I’m still reading) shorter reviews are going to be the way forward.
Kill Me Twice is the sequel to Without Trace, the book that introduced us to investigative journalist Morgan Vine. Trying to build a normal life for herself and her daughter, Lissa, Morgan is searching for the next miscarriage of justice to tackle. She is drawn to the case of a young woman serving a sentence for the murder of her boyfriend; ‘Arsonist Anjelica’ is being held at HMP Dungeness, on Morgan’s doorstep, and the shared experience of being a single mother attracts Morgan to the case. But there is one overriding reason that makes Morgan really believe in Anjelica (no spoilers but the cover may give you a clue…). In trying to help Anjelica (not always successfully) Morgan also uncovers some unethical practices at the prison that she can’t ignore.
The story delivers on the expectation Booker created in the first book. Morgan remains a feisty and headstrong character that won’t let go once she gets her teeth into a story. Yet again her relationship with Lissa (and Lissa’s own behaviour) also influences the course of the story. I’m not a fan of series where the protagonist is always in peril but while that is the case here and Morgan finds herself the target of attacks, it isn’t contrived but fits with the story. This is also a book which draws on the harsh and remote location of the Dungeness coastline – something which is creating its own niche corner of the crime fiction market.
Thank you to the publisher for the Netgalley.