Keeping the Dead by Tess Gerritsen was borrowed from a colleague when she discovered me looking distressed at the end of the day. I explained that I’d finished reading my first book of the day on the way in, so she gave me this one to keep me going.

There was a confusing sticker on the front unlike any I’ve seen before: ‘As good as Kathy Reichs or your money back’. Pretty impressive as an advertising ploy. I’m quite a Reichs fan; she’s not my favourite of favourites (that spot is reserved for Mary Higgins Clark), but she’s pretty damn good. And Gerritsen, I was surprised to find, is indeed as good as she is. I wouldn’t say better. But as good as, certainly. She had me gripped, though by the end I’d pretty much worked out who’d done it. Characterisation was excellent and storylines fitted together perfectly.

A recommended read.

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