Book Review: The First Cut by Val Penny

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is the superb first episode of a crime thriller series set in Central Scotland featuring feisty DS Jane Renwick. The story moves at great pace and high tension from the first page to the last with plenty of danger and conflict.

Although Jane is taken off the case of tracking down a potential serial killer at an early stage because DNA analysis exposes probable close family links, she defies her bosses and becomes involved in some online research.

As detectives in Glasgow and Edinburgh close in on the killer, Jane is abducted. In chapters that are narrated in Jane’s own voice, the abductor reveals that he believes that it is for her own protection. Needless to say, Jane doesn’t see it that way.

There are a lot of characters in this book, many who have also appeared in the Hunter series, and there were times that I found it difficult to keep track of the various relationships.

That aside, this is a great read which I highly recommend. I can’t wait for book two in the series.

About Lance Greenfield

Blog: email: I published my debut novel in December 2014: Eleven Miles. My second novel went live in February 2016: Knitting Can Walk!
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1 Response to Book Review: The First Cut by Val Penny

  1. beth says:

    this sounds exciting. i love getting in on the first in a good crime series

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