Tuesday 20 June 2017

The Detriment (DI Jake Flannagan Book 2) - David Videcette

“The truth costs nothing, but a lie can cost you everything…”

June 2007: a barbaric nail bomb is planted outside a London nightclub, a spy is found dead in his garden, and a blazing Jeep is driven into Glasgow airport. Three events bound by an earth-shattering connection that should have remained buried forever.

From the author of ‘The Theseus Paradox’, the smash-hit 7/7 thriller based on true events, comes the sequel about a real-life mystery that threatens to destroy a nation. Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan must uncover how a series of astonishing events are inextricably linked, before the past closes in on him.

We all have secrets we say we’ll never tell…

What did I think?

With each passing day, and so many shocking news bulletins, there appear to be more and more incidents that David Videcette could write about.  I wasn't sure how I would feel about reading a book about terrorism in the current climate, but wild horses couldn't have kept me away from the next thrilling instalment of the DI Jake Flannagan series.  Perhaps one of the most anticipated follow-up novels EVER, David Videcette certainly had a lot to live up to after his debut, The Theseus Paradox, lit kindles on fire and caused so much excitement in the reading community.  I had absolutely no doubt that David Videcette would deliver a cracking follow up and boy, did he deliver!

The Detriment is set to be one of THE most talked about novels of the year; as it is based on true events it actually took me quite a while for the effect of the book to sink in.  It's amazing how certain decisions can have massive repercussions many years later and there's a detailed chronological series of real events in the back of the book to really get the point across that this, or something very like it, really happened.  Putting the actual events to one side, I really enjoyed delving deeper into Jake's psyche and finding out a little more about why he acts the way that he does as his emotional scars are laid bare.  We also find out some answers to questions left hanging in the last book; questions that were left hanging in The Theseus Paradox as much as my mouth was left hanging open in shock in The Detriment.  David Videcette managed to make my jaw drop yet again - he also managed to make me jump and I was reading my kindle, not listening to an audiobook!  

It is so fast-paced and gripping that many people will easily read The Detriment in one sitting - I was gutted that I had work the next day so had to put the book down!  After setting our kindles alight with The Theseus Paradox, David Videcette is keeping our kindles burning with another amazing unputdownable instalment in the DI Jake Flannagan series.  The Americans lose their monopoly of the term 'shock and awe' as the Brits show what it really means - I can't think of a better way to describe The Detriment.  Do not miss this!

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

My rating:

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  1. What a stunning review! Thank you so much, Michelle. I'm so pleased that the book gripped, shocked and made you jump. I'm also glad that you had a chance to understand more about why Detective Jake acts the way he does. This book has been a long time in the making, but when I read reviews like yours, all the hard work and effort has definitely been worth it! Thank you so much for reading and reviewing. :-) Jake will return...

    1. You're very welcome, David. Thank you for the early review copy, it was well worth the wait :-)

    2. You're most welcome. Some of your quotes are now being shared over on my website at: http://www.davidvidecette.com/the-detriment