I read book one, Tennison, last month and absolutely loved it, so, as is the natural order of things, I read Hidden Killers this month.
A prostitute dressed in a blue rabbit fur coat walks through the darkness of Hackney Fields, seemingly alone. But someone is waiting for her . . .
A woman is found dead in her bath, a small child crying in the room next door . . . Is it accidental death or the perfect murder?
When WPC Jane Tennison is promoted to the role of Detective Constable in London’s Bow Street CID, she is immediately conflicted. While her far more experience colleagues move on swiftly from one criminal case to another, Jane is often left with doubts about their findings.
Becoming inextricably embroiled in a multiple-rape case, Jane must put her life at risk in the search for answers. Will she toe the CID line, or endanger her position by seeking the truth . . .?
Hidden Killers is the second book in the Tennison series; in book one, we first meet Jane Tennison as a WPC (Woman Police Constable), in this one she is promoted to WDC (Woman Detective Constable) and is expected to hold her own at crime scenes. An element I’m really growing to like about this series, is the multiple investigations that are taking place, as it really allows us to see the development of Tennison in regard to her policing skills. I also really like that the officers have to work hard to secure results, it’s not a series of lucky coincidences but rather, LaPlante has created a well-detailed plot.
At just shy of 500 pages, you have plenty of time to get to know the characters and form opinions of them. I didn’t like the underhand tactics some of the officers used and it took me a while to decide if I liked them or not because I believe if anyone should follow the law unequivocally, it’s the police, regardless of whether they believe they’re doing the right thing or not. And that’s one of the things I really like about Jane, her constant battle to seek the truth and question things, even though she’s advised to willingly accept what she’s told.
I really love the simplicity with which LaPlante writes, it gives this novel an authentic feel and allows you to easily to slip into this read – I read this book in two sittings and thoroughly enjoyed it. I also like the insight we get into what it’s like to be a woman in a male dominated police force, this is done seamlessly and really makes you admire Tennison’s determination.
Again, I have to highlight the fact that this series is set in East London and ventures into Central London, areas I know well, and this gives that added enjoyment due to the familiarity of the locations used. The more I read of this series the more determined I am to watch the TV series, Prime Suspect, as this series is the prequel to the television drama. So, if you enjoyed the TV drama, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this book.
Like Tennison, Hidden Killers is a well-rounded and well-fleshed out novel; it’d make a great read for fans of police procedurals that focus in detail on the case and how the officers cope at work, with enough of an insight into their personal lives to help you form a connection to their characters. I recommend you read this series in order; I’m looking forward to reading book 3: Good Friday.