Cruel Acts by Jane Casey – Book Review

Cruel Acts by Jane Casey – Book Review


How can you spot a murderer?

Leo Stone is a ruthless killer – or the victim of a miscarriage of justice. A year ago, he was convicted of the murder of two women and sentenced to life in prison. But now he’s free and, according to him, he’s innocent.

DS Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent are determined to put Stone back behind bars, but the more Maeve finds out, the less convinced she is of his guilt. Then another woman disappears in similar circumstances. Is there a copycat killer, or have they been wrong about Stone from the start?

From award-winning author Jane Casey comes a powerful Maeve Kerrigan crime thriller which will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final page!




This is number 8 in the DS Maeve Kerrigan series, but can very easily be read as a stand-alone….you may just miss out a little on her background.

DS Maeve Kerrigan and her boss DI Josh Derwent are re-investigating the Leo Stone case, he has been released after being granted an appeal. Stone  is one creepy individual, but was he guilty?

Maeve is certain, a 3rd missing girl is somehow related to the case….

This has a gripping and detailed plot with many twists and surprises along the way and will keep you on tenterhooks throughout….

There are great characters, so well written by Jane Casey, you will feel the tension with them. The relationships between the characters have a reality about them and that between Kerrigan and Derwent is funny and moving at times too.

A brilliant, dramatic and tension filled ending to this menace filled thriller…I love it and can thoroughly recommend it to lovers of crime fiction.

I would like to thank the Pigeonhole and the author for the opportunity to read this book for free and this is my honest and unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here (just click on the image)

About the Author


Jane Casey is no stranger to the crime world. Married to a criminal barrister, she’s got the inside track on some of the country’s most dangerous offenders, giving her writing an unsettlingly realistic feel. This authenticity has made her novels international bestsellers and critical successes. They have been nominated for several awards and in 2015 Jane won both the Mary Higgins Clark Award and Irish Crime Novel of the Year for The Stranger You Know and After the Fire, respectively. She is also an active member of Killer Women, a London-based group of crime writers. Born in Dublin, Jane now lives in southwest London with her husband and two children.

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