#BlogBlast The Killer In Me by Olivia Kiernan @LivKiernan @RiverrunBooks @MillsReid11 #TheKillerInMe

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The Killer In Me by Olivia Kiernan   Riverrun  April 4th 2019

Old skeletons and fresh corpses confront DCS Frankie Sheehan in her latest Dublin-based case. Detective Chief Superintendent Frankie Sheehan does not wish to linger on the grisly scene before her eyes. Two mutilated corpses. In a church. In Clontarf. Her profiling background screams one fact: this is just the beginning of a sickening message.
Meanwhile, a 17-year-old case is playing out on a TV documentary, the convicted professing his innocence and historical police errors being exposed daily in the media. Frankie’s superior, commissioner Donna Hegarty, makes no bones about who she expects to clean things up – both in terms of past mishandlings and the present murders.
But not everyone working the cases wants the truth to come out. And the corridors of power have their own vested interest. Soon Frankie pinpoints just what is making her so nervous: the fact that anyone could be the next victim when justice is the killer.

My Review

The Killer In Me was one of those novel that demanded your attention, that had you glued to the sofa, incapable of moving until you turned the last page.

We met Detective Chief Superintendent Frankie Sheehan, a woman at the top of her profession, dedicated and good at what she did. You felt that had come at a price, no relationship and few friends, a practicability about her, emotions buried deep, until Kiernan gave us the odd glimpse. You doubted that she would have achieved so much without the focus and the dedication and it was the one thing that I admired about her, how she managed to maintain that balance of professional and personal. It was only when the personal began to creep into her murder investigation and her cold case, that we saw a blurring of the lines as the personal slowly crept in and it was interesting to see what direction Kiernan would take Sheehan, how she would handle it.

If Sheehen excelled at characterisation she was equally brilliant with her storylines. Her skilful handling of a current brutal murder investigation alongside that of a long ago potential injustice sat perfectly side by side, they made you want to read faster, to wonder if there were any connections, if the two would finally merge.

Nothing, is ever straightforward in the world of the murder novel and The Killer In Me was no different, but it had a distinct human element and explored themes of domestic abuse, of secrets hidden. It explored the psychological damage it can cause by what we see, what it can make us do and the repercussions it might have for us in the future. It allowed Kiernan to give the novel that extra edge as she plunged deep into the minds of the characters and I found it utterly fascinating. There were times when I thought I’d worked out what would happen next, who did what, only to have my theories thrown back at me as Kiernan almost seemed to do the opposite, teasing the reader with her little clues littered throughout.

When the truth was finally revealed it wasn’t far fetched nor unrealistic, it all made perfect sense and you could clearly see Kiernan’s reasoning and process. It certainly wasn’t a quiet ending but a deeply satisfying, one that tied up all the loose ends and left no stone unturned.

Having never read Kiernan before I was suitably impressed. The quality of writing, the structure was fantastic and I cannot wait to read the next instalment.

I would like to thank Riverrun for a copy of The Killer In Me to reas and review and to Millie Reid for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.

About the author

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Olivia Kiernan is an Irish writer living in the UK. She was born and raised in County Meath, near the famed heritage town of Kells and holds an MA in Creative Writing awarded by the University of Sussex.

The Killer In Me is her second novel.

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