Today I’m thrilled to be sharing my review of the first in a new series by the brilliant Lynda La Plante on publication day! Yes, Buried is out today! Huge thanks to Tracy Fenton for my blog tour invite and review copy of the book.
DC Jack Warr and his girlfriend Maggie have just moved to London to start a new life together. Though charming, Jack can’t seem to find his place in the world – until he’s drawn into an investigation that turns his life upside down.
In the aftermath of a fire at an isolated cottage, a badly charred body is discovered, along with the burnt remains of millions of stolen, untraceable bank notes.
Jack’s search leads him deep into a murky criminal underworld – a world he finds himself surprisingly good at navigating. But as the line of the law becomes blurred, how far will Jack go to find the answers – and what will it cost him?
In BURIED, it’s time to meet DC Jack Warr as he digs up the deadly secrets of the past . . .
This is the start of a new series Lynda La Plante and what a great start it is! I was worried when I saw that her main protagonist was male as one of Lynda’s greatest strengths is her female characterisation. But Buried pushed aside those fears very quickly and delivered a gripping crime thriller that more than exceeded my expectations.
DC Jack Warr is called in when a body is found in a burnt out cottage alongside a large amount of cash. He traces it back to a group of women who used to live nearby and a criminal underworld tied up in past crimes that could also be connected. And this was where the plot took an unexpected and rather exciting turn for me as a character I hadn’t thought I would meet again turned up and became and integral part of the storyline! This lead to some shocking twists for Jack himself to discover. I did struggle to take to Jack to begin with and he certainly didn’t endear himself to me with some of the actions he directed towards certain people and situations but eventually I came to understand him I think. He’s certainly a very complex character and one I’m looking forward to meeting again in the future.
Buried is a gritty, compelling and exciting crime thriller that became unputdownable for me. I was gripped from start to finish. Highly recommended for fans old and new!
Lynda La Plante was born in Liverpool. She trained for the stage at RADA and worked with the National theatre and RDC before becoming a television actress. She then turned to writing – and made her breakthrough with the phenomenally successful TV series Widows. Her novels have all been international bestsellers.
Her original script for the much-acclaimedPrime Suspect won awards from BAFTA, Emmy, British Broadcasting and Royal Television Society as well as the 1993 Edgar Allan Poe Award. Lynda has written and produced over 170 hours of international television.
Lynda is one of only three screenwriters to have been made an honorary fellow of the British Film Institute and was awarded the BAFTA Dennis Potter Best Writer Award in 2000. In 2008, she was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to Literature, Drama and Charity.
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