WHEN A KILLER HAS NOTHING TO LOSE The Crime Scene Is As Puzzling As It Is Brutal Doctor Paul Latham And His Wife, Brindel, Are Found Dead In Separate Beds In Their Beautiful San Francisco Home, Each The Victim Of A Gunshot Wound To The Head There Are No Signs Of Forced Entry, And Despite The Emptied Safe It S Clear This Murder Isn T Random.THERE S EVERY REASON For Detective Regan Pescoli, News Of Her Sister S Death Brings Grief Mixed With Guilt She And Brindel Weren T Close, And Pescoli Barely Knows Her Teenage Niece, Ivy, A Secretive Girl Who Lands On Her Doorstep In Grizzly Falls, Montana Though Pescoli Is On Maternity Leave, She S Soon Mired Deep In The Investigation Headed By Her Partner, Selena Alvarez But As The List Of Suspects Keeps Growing, So Does The Body Count.TO BE AFRAID Maybe It S Exhaustion Or Hormones That Have Pescoli On Edge, Feeling Vulnerable Than Ever Before Or Maybe The Chill Running Through Her Veins Is Justified Because As The Case Takes A New, Terrifying Turn, Pescoli S Loved Ones And Her Life Are At The Mercy Of A Killer Who Ll Go To Any Lengths To See Her Suffer. Lisa Jackson is one of the best in the business and this, the eighth thriller in the Montana series, is a particularly nail biting instalment We are reacquainted with Detectives Selena Alvarez and Regan Pescoli as they investigate the murders of some of Pescoli s family This, of course, hits a little too close to home for her and is a tough case to crack having just returned from maternity leave With all the excitement and twists, turns and misdirection of the previous books this is a superb thriller Ms Jackson creates a crackling tension and edge of your seat suspense which runs for the duration of the novel, and because it was so addictive I read it in a single compulsive sitting The action is nonstop, the pace brisk and that ending phew, what a corker Alvarez and Pescoli are a dynamic pair and we learn about them in book eight Each of these instalments can easily be enjoyed as a standalone as each story is contained to that particular book I look forward to the next one Many thanks to Mulholland Books for an ARC. I would like to thank Netgalley and Hodder Stoughton for an advance copy of Willing to Die, the eighth novel to feature Montana based detectives Selena Alvarez and Regan Pescoli.Regan Pescoli is mulling over a return to work after the birth of her son, Tucker, when she receives a call to say her sister, Brindel, and her husband Paul have been murdered in San Francisco and that her other sisters are unable to get in contact with Paul s sons or Brindel s daughter, Ivy The boys turn up but Ivy is on the run, eventually turning up at Regan s door and hiding something.I thoroughly enjoyed Willing to Die, which is much the same as it s predecessors in that it is an exciting read with plenty of twists and turns The novel opens with a mystery, an unnamed woman grieving the death of a son she was forced to give up and vowing vengeance On whom and why are only revealed at the denouement but it s a cracker Throughout the novel there is a sense of tension, mostly based on Ivy s efforts to get away, and a curiosity inducing mystery surrounding what Ivy s hiding I found it compulsive reading which I finished in one sitting, desperate to know what was coming next The pace never lets up so there is never a dull moment In the cold light of day and on reflection the plot pushes the boundaries of credibility with a convenient get out explanation but, at the time of reading, it doesn t matter as Ms Jackson has woven her storytelling magic to produce an enjoyable, readable novel.Regan Pescoli and Selena Alvarez have become old friends to me over the course of the series so it is a bit disappointing to see her reduced to a supporting role in this novel as I always enjoy their interactions and squabbling Jasmine Tanaka, the SFPD detective taking a lead role in the investigation, is no substitute, even if she closely resembles Selena Regan s life is fleshed out in the novel where her non existent relationship with her sisters and fractious one with her children are explored.Willing to Die is a good read which I have no hesitation in recommending. would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this amazing bookwhat a rollercoaster of a ride this one wasthis author just gets better and betteraction from the very beginning with a murder scene and a young girl running from the itis she somehow behind it all or an innocent victim.time will tellsisters of one of the murder victims gather together but they are not close and their niece is missing presumed to either being held captive or just missing time will tellas the storyline progresses murder victims are foundall heading towards a showdown of epic proportions in montana.a riveting storyline and one i couldnt put down as i wanted to see how the stories merged togetherand wow did they everloved itam keeping a close eye out for of this authors work It seems like the publication date was moved back a few times, but this was worth the wait I love a good mystery suspense as well as strong female characters Lisa Jackson s Selena Alvarez Regan Pescoli series features two very strong women detectives Good mysteries which keep the reader turning the pages well into the wee hours of the morning.Highly recommend this series I was delighted to receive an early review copy of this book from the publisher this series is one I have followed for years and this was another heart pounding instalment.Usually we follow Detectives Pescoli and Alvarez solve crime after crime but this was slightly different in that Pescoli is on maternity leave when her sister and brother in law are murdered and she gets involved to try and ascertain what happened Alvarez does turn up towards the end of the story and it is all the better for it they come as a duo to mePescoli s niece Ivy turns up on her doorstep after initially running from the crime scene and it is clear there is to her story but I could not believe she had a part in her mum s murder but I struggled to piece it together good job I am not the detective but that was also due to some very clever writing It was a really interesting storyline and there was a further aspect to it in that someone has been watching Pescoli and her family and clearly has a vendetta and I always enjoy when I get 2 stories for the price of 1 The writing as ever flows well and is descriptive, Lisa Jackson sets the scene well managing to bring any new readers up to speed with Pescoli s back story As mentioned this is part of a series book 8 and whilst it could be read as a standalone, having read the previous novels would definitely help you get to know the characters better Boy do they have some stories to tell between them.My many thanks to Hodder Stoughton via NetGalley for providing me with this advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review. 4.5 starsIn the prologue, a mysterious, unknown, grieving mother views her small son s grave stone and vows vengeance Pescoli s sister Brindel and her husband Paul have been murdered in their beds at their mansion in San Francisco In addition to the murders, their safes, including multiple guns, have been cleaned out Although Pescoli is not close to her sisters, she immediately heads out from Montana since her niece Ivy cannot be found Ivy finally turns up on Pescoli s door step in Montana and it s obvious she s hiding something.From the comments Ivy made in the first chapter, I realized she knew something about these murders and I thought the worst I liked the San Francisco detective Jasmine Tanaka and hope Lisa Jackson takes this character somewhere in the future I didn t like the way Ivy cozied up to Pescoli s son Jeremy The book could have earned 5 stars if Alvarez had a bigger role Obviously, I love the way Pescoli and Alvarez work together in previous novels of this series I didn t know who the killer was until the end which really picked up in action. This was a really good book I recommend it to anyone who likes fast paced action and suspense It was hard to put down once I started reading it. Lisa Jackson writes such rapid fire dialogue and scattered narrative that a reader might be exhausted after a couple of chapters Her books, however, are like train wrecks in that one cannot turn away no matter how distressing the sight The family of Pescoli Santana Strand etal is reality television worthy in the Jerry Springer sense and will likely appeal to fans of the genre. The murder of her sister Brindel in California results in mixed emotions for Detective Regan Pescoli After trying to lend a hand in the investigation, Regan flies back home to Montana and soon discovers Brindel s daughter, Ivy, on her doorstep Though Pescoli is on maternity leave, she cannot stop herself from helping her partner, Selena Alvarez, puzzle through the ever changing developments in the case Is Regan unwittingly putting herself, her newborn son, and the rest of her family in danger There were too many characters with their own side plots, resulting in a muddled story Willing to Die was a quick read, but I did not particularly feel any sort of connection to the characters, despite their trying circumstances This is the type of book that usually does not stand out in my memory for long, so I would be hesitant to recommend it to other readers. Very well written in terms of both plot and character development So much going on with the double murder of one of Reagan Pescoli s sisters and brother in law Is her niece involved somehow Why did she run if not guilty But then the dead brother in law had 2sons from a previous marriage that both can t be located after the murder And just when you think you ve got it all figured out, you find that you are wrong Highly recommend and can be easily read if you are new to this series.
- 464 pages
- Willing to Die
- Lisa Jackson
- 13 December 2017 Lisa Jackson