It's grim up north, so the saying goes. And Dying Breath simply reinforces this image in a graphic, unrelenting way,
This is the fifth book in the series about D.S. Nikki Parekh, whose personal life is as horrific any any of the cases she works on. The story is told from her perspective as well as her seventeen year-old daughter, her seriously abusive father and someone involved in a grisly crime that includes dogs. Uncomfortable stuff.
In effect, there are two stories: the crime Parekh is investigating and her family. Unlike other detective books though, the family issues are capable of standing alone as I am always looking ahead to reading the next part of their drama. Not the normal family drama though, it must be said. Sometimes, the points of view seep into each other, but it's not a major issue. Eventually, of course, the two paths will merge to produce an exciting and dramatic climax.
The narrative for each of the characters is modern and flows fairly well, making the voices distinct and contemporary. A story about courage and determination in the the face of adversity. Intense and at times, gruesome, this is a powerful read that touches on current social issues.
Published by HQ Digital on 30 September 2022.
Advanced review copy supplied by the publisher.