Jennifer Dorey has recently returned home to Guernsey having moved back from London following a traumatic incident.  Working for the local newspaper, she covers the story of a body of a young woman washed up on the beach which leads her to investigate a number of deaths over the past 50 years, all of which seem to be linked.  Jennifer teams up with DCI Michael Gilbert to unravel the many dark secrets that have remained hidden and uncover a serial killer who has been on the loose for so long.

The Devils’s Claw is an atmospheric, well-written thriller that had me gripped.  The story is told from multiple points of view, including the killers which adds to the mystery and intrigue.  A couple of times throughout I had minor suspicions of who the killer might be, but you really are kept guessing until the very end. Jennifer and Michael are both likeable characters who work well together, each with stories of their own.

The other element I really enjoyed about this novel was the detail around the history of Nazi occupation and the folklore of the island which really helped me to get a feel for a place I’ve never been (and know little about).

The Devil’s Claw is Lara’s crime debut and the beginning of the Jennifer Dorey series – and what a great start! I’m excited that the second novel in the series was published in September; I can’t wait to get hold of this and see what else I can learn about Jennifer and Michael, and how their relationship unfolds.

This is a superb book which comes highly recommended – it won’t leave you disappointed.



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