I’ve not read any of the previous books in this series, instead choosing this one based upon Amazon recommendations, the blurb and previous reviews.
The plot line is good; a man who is in a fatal accident has the body of a missing eleven year old boy in the boot of his car. Jessica Daniels, the first Police Officer on the scene, has a problem, no-one knows who the man is and the accident has left him unrecognisable. As the case gets underway there appears to be a connection to another missing boy from 14 years ago.
Jessica Daniels is a likeable character and more than willing to break the rules to solve the case. Her interactions with others are realistic and she has a life outside the police which involves an unexpected flat mate and a relationship that is in the early stages. The story flowed well with a few unexpected twists and turns along the way with enough clues to allow the reader to engage in the puzzle. The ending was surprising and although I had to suspend belief more than a little, not disappointing.
All in all a good read, a stand-alone plot, although as with any series in hindsight I should have read the previous ones first; Locked In (Jessica Daniel Book 1): A DS Jessica Daniel Novel, Book 1, Vigilante (Jessica Daniel Book 2): A DS Jessica Daniel Novel, Book 2, The Woman in Black (Jessica Daniel Book 3): A DS Jessica Daniel Novel, Book 3 currently available as a special deal DS Jessica Daniel series: Locked In/Vigilante/The Woman in Black – Books 1-3