The Killing Kind by Jane Casey

The Killing Kind is a dark and disturbing psychological thriller where nothing can be taken at face value. Ingrid is a barrister who has had dealings with John Webster in the past; now he’s out of prison, but is he up to his old tricks? Ingrid fears the worst, that her life is in danger, but he claims to be trying to protect her. Every time you think you know what’s going on, Jane Casey takes you off in a completely different direction. The well-plotted and gripping narrative jumps back and forward in time until all the layers are exposed and everyone is under suspicion.

The characters are well developed so that, even though there are a lot of them, they are easily distinguishable. John Webster is an interesting character; a manipulative conman whose behaviour is deeply unsettling even when he professes to be telling the truth. Though she is an intelligent woman, Ingrid is also under a lot of stress and for this reason sometimes behaves with complete disregard for her own safety.

I enjoyed The Killing Kind, with its insights into the world of the legal profession, and stayed up late into the night in order to finish it. This is the first book I have read by Jane Casey, but it won’t be the last; I now have the Maeve Kerrigan series to look forward to. Thanks to HarperCollins and NetGalley for a digital copy to review.