Top positive review
Still as addictive as the very first book in this series.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 October 2018
Undoubtedly, this was one of the more significant episodes in this series. Considering what had been lost by the end of book eight I wondered how any of them might ever find their way again.
Previous events cast a huge shadow over the emotionally diminished team. So whatever followed, it must deliver something even greater than Stone’s distinctive investigative punch and the amusing banter I’ll never grow tired of. And it 100% does by providing a few wicked curve balls and outshining previous books with the manner in which it explores the aftershocks the team are experiencing.
More notably is the introduction of a new, but familiar, team member. Now that was a bold but brilliant move. To arrive at such an excruciatingly sensitive time and find others openly objecting to your presence and remain stoically professional and respectful instantly tells something about a person’s character. One of the many highlights of "Fatal Promise" is the backstory of this new fella, which became an effective and welcome diversion.
Toward the end a more detailed profile of Stone is building too, as her fitness for work is officially questioned and she finds herself looking beyond the line of her usual self-patrolled comfort zone. She may have mastered the art of avoidance, and can be inventive when ticking the boxes she believes are relevant, but all I can say to that is well played, Ted. Well played.
"Fatal Promise" (book nine) is as addictive and fresh as the very first book in this series - a series that is realistic, reliable, and unrivalled. I’ll be pre-ordering the next as soon as it’s available.