May 16th 2019 Bonnier Zaffre
One in 100 of us is what the police call a ‘potentially dangerous person’ – someone likely to commit a violent crime. These people can hide in plain sight, they can be teachers, doctors, holding positions of trust, of power.
Jessamine Gooch makes a living tracking the 1 in 100. Each week she broadcasts a radio show that examines brutal offences, asking if more could have been done to identify and prevent the perpetrators.
When she agrees to investigate a missing person case involving a young mother, she is drawn into a web of danger that will ultimately lead to the upper echelons of power, and threaten the safety of her own family.
Set over a long dark winter in London, The Dangerous Kind is a gripping thriller that portrays the monsters who live among us.
Firstly huge thanks to Tracey Fenton for inviting me to be involved in this blog tour and arranging for me to have a copy of the book. Thanks also to Bonnier Zaffre for providing me with the book.
Now I am not usually someone who uses a star rating for books, open to too much interpretation I think, but occasionally I have to call out the 5 star reads and this one is one of them! I loved this book, a brilliant concept, executed perfectly! Let me tell you more!
Jessamine is the central character, she is one strong woman, an investigative journalist currently presenting a radio programme, Potentially Dangerous People, which considers past crimes and explores whether indicators were present pre crime and therefore could the crime have been prevented. Jessamine is the champion of the victim and a champion of women, she has a personal interest in Domestic Violence and volunteers for a Domestic Violence Telephone Helpline in her spare time. All this serves to create an interesting and well developed main character who is both engaging and relatable.
The structure of this book was interesting, it felt very original. There were several stories running parallel, told from a number of different points of view. I found all of the storylines gripping and while for a substantial part of the book I was unsure how the stories linked, for me this added to the suspension and intrigue. Often I struggle if I don’t know what is going on in a book, but this was definitely not the case here. All the threads shared the themes of crime and those 1 in a hundred people – people who otherwise appear respectful and good but actually carry out some absolutely heinous acts. A significant part of this book related to crimes of a sexual nature which felt very contemporary and relevant today and was very well written but not easy to read about at all.
Although over 400 pages, this was a quick read for me, comprehensive but very easy to follow with all characters well defined. Told predominately in the present day but with one storyline set some years in the past.
This book had great depth and simply put, I thought it was a superb read and one I would definitely recommend. A word of warning though, this book details some horrendous crimes which could be upsetting for some.
About the Author
Deborah O’Connor is a writer and TV produce responsible for well-loved programmes such as ‘Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds’ and ‘A League of their Own’. Born and bred in the North East of England, I 2010 she completed the Faber Academy novel writing course. She lives in London with her husband and daughter. Deborah’s first novel was the bestseller My Husband’s Son. You can follow her on Twitter @deboc77 #1in100People
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