Review: An Unfamiliar Murder – Jane Isaac

Another new author I’ve discovered this year is the lovely Jane Isaac, whose debut novel An Unfamiliar Murder was published last month by Rainstorm Press. Make sure you have a look at Jane’s website and blog to find out more about her journey from ‘Newbie‘ to fully-fledged author.

From the back cover: Arriving home from a routine day at work, Anna Cottrell has no idea that her life is about to change forever. But discovering the stabbed body of a stranger in her flat, then becoming prime suspect in a murder enquiry is only the beginning…

Having got to know Jane quite well via twitter, I was excited to be part of the build up to the book’s release but I have to admit that I was also slightly nervous about reading her book… what if I didn’t like it? What would I say to her, one of the nicest people I’ve met since joining twitter and coiner of the fantastic phrase ‘superlicious’?!

Luckily, I had nothing to worry about 🙂

I flew through this book like a like a trapped fly out of a newly opened window… (sorry!)

It’s one of those books that just can’t be put down.

The main character, Anna, has a very intriguing back story that is drip-fed to us at just the right pace in parallel with her current situation which sees her going through the process of trying to convince the police that she is not a murderer. The detective in charge of the case, DCI Helen Lavery, is trying to make her name in the force while also dealing with a complicated home life and a hostile colleague who is determined to undermine her. There are many (but not too many!) characters in the book and they are all well drawn, if not always likeable. Anna’s mother, for one, doesn’t make it easy for anyone to like her! I don’t really want to talk about any of the others as to do so would provide too many spoilers, and this is a book full of so many twists and turns that you really just need to read it for yourself.

HUGE kudos to Jane for successfully leaving me guessing ‘whodunnit’. I really didn’t have a clue!

In summary, another great debut and another author to watch. I have a feeling that DCI Helen Lavery will be back again soon.

Verdict: Twisty, turny & fast-paced. What more could you ask for?