On a peaceful summer's morning in the Lake District, a woman's body is discovered outside a church. She's been murdered and a brutal, symbolic act performed on her corpse. DI Kelly Porter is in charge of the team investigating the crime, and is determined to bring the killer to justice. But as more deaths occur it is clear this is the work of a disturbed, dangerous and determined individual. Can Kelly put the puzzle pieces together before the danger comes closer to home?
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DI Kelly Porter is back and someone is killing women in order to make them pay for their sins. Can she stop the killer before it reaches too close to home ? Awesome story and the only problem I had was a bit too many characters to keep up with. Four stars!
DI Kelly Porter on the ball again. Very interesting story line a page turner all the way. An insight to the Lake District a place I’ve never visited but she brings it alive, and makes me feel that I should visit
4 stars DI Kelly Porter late of the Met responds to a call of a dead body in a grave yard outside a church. The woman appears to be in her fifties, is naked and brutalized. She is still wearing expensive jewelry, so it is not a case of robbery. Kelly fears they may have a serial killer on their hands, as the killer didn’t get this expert without leaving a trail of bodies somewhere. Later killings bear out her suspicions. Kelly is almost hyperactive in her work; she jiggles, can’t seem to sit still and talks fast. She is also dealing with her mother’s terminal illness and a sister who blames her for everything. Just as her police officer father was. This book traces the detailed and painstaking police investigation into the killer who becomes known as “The Teacher.” He is elusive and very good at his “work.” He thinks that he is ridding society of the undesirables; making the world a better place, as it were. The victim is finally identified as Moira Tate. As more bodies are discovered, the tension in the story picks up. The reader is kept guessing as to the identity of the murderer. When they are finally identified, it comes as a surprise – at least to me it was. I like Rachel Lynch as an author. Her books are well written and plotted. The suspense begins immediately with the discovery of Moira Tate by an elderly man out walking his dog. It continues throughout the story and reaches a crescendo at the denouement. I liked DI Kelly Porter, except for her non-stop action. There was sufficient information given about her background so as to flesh her out, but not so much that it intruded on the story. In fact, it added a degree of richness to the tale. This novel is filled with colorful well-drawn characters. Very well done, Ms. Lynch. I want to thank NetGalley and Canelo for forwarding to me a copy of this great book to read, enjoy and review.
Deep Fear Rachel Lynch Earlier this year I reviewed Dark Game by Rachel Lynch. The book in which she introduced us to DI Kelly Porter. It was one of the best debut crime thrillers I had read for a while so when I saw the second one was about to be published I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Deep fear see’s the unassuming DI Kelly Porter still living at home with her mom and suffering harassment from her sister, who has her perfect life of Husband and family. But things are about to change Kelly’s Mom is ill, and spending a lot of time in hospital. Meanwhile somebody is killing people in the Lake District and the pressure is on Kelly and her team to find the murderer. People are being targeted then killed. The killer is posing their bodies to suggest the failings that lead them to be killed. Along with the murder, mutilation, and posing of the bodies, the killer is leaving cryptic clues in the form of quotes from the Lakes poets. As the body count rises, in a very short period of time, the team struggle to find the connection between the victims which would help them identify the killer. All the time Kelly is working hard on investigating the murders the pressure is on at home as her sister and her argue constantly bout their mothers care. Will the duel pressure of work and home life be too much for Kelly? Can she devote enough time to both? The story rattles along and has a terrific ending that left me open mouthed for a good few minutes after I’d finished it. I have often heard the expression “the difficult second” usually attached to music artist and records, or actors and TV series. I always wonder if the second book in a series will live up to the promise of the first. Well this one has, and more. This is a cracking book and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next one after the trauma of the end of this one.
Di Kelly Porter the Lake District love this series.A chilling page turner highly recommend,Loking forward to her next case,
I was looking forward to reading this book, having read the author's previous book...it did not disappoint! Set in the Lake District, we see DCI Kelly Porter investigate an increasing amount of Dead Bodies. If you like Rachel Abbott and Elizabeth Haynes, you will love this. Be prepared for a shocking ending!
A book that brings together the beauty of the fells in the Lake District with murder story. Description of the Lakes made me feel I was there, a riveting read that heads you off in different directions. Kelly Porter a police officer returned recently from the MET leads the investigation. The bodies mount up as we read, the differing characters whom fall victim to the unknown perpetrator.
Having already read the first book with kelly porter as the primary character I was thrilled to be able to receive an advance copy of the next instalment in this thrilling series! Rachel lynch writes with great flair and makes it easy to become engrossed in her books. She creates characters that you can really understand and get to grips with. Descriptive details of scenes really allow you to imagine what it would be like if you were stood with the characters. The storyline is full of twists and turns and keeps you gripped throughout. Even when kelly has sussed out who the culprit is the author has you guessing and desperate to read on then BAM! Another twist in the tale! Great read would highly recommend this for a great beach read!
I wonder if anyone can read these books without being left with the desire to visit the Lake District? In this second outing for DI Kelly Porter she is leading the hunt for a serial killer with an unusual MO. Her personal life has its challenges too and you definitely feel the push and pull of her work life balance. I won’t say too much about the killer but I definitely didn’t work it out. I trust that Detective Porter (as she repeatedly refers to herself) will be back for another instalment as there is definitely unfinished business here.
Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for this arc in exchange for my honest review. DI Kelly Porter is back on the case of a vicious killer named The Teacher, ridding society of those they feel unworthy of life. Kelly is struggling with her mum’s illness and her sister’s argumentative nature and then the case hits too close to home. I was on a high after reading the first one and this one was as good, if not better, as I knew the characters and their attitudes. Book 3 please
A really good book. Well written with interesting characters and a gripping storyline. Looking forward to reading the next one in the series
A police procedural/mystery type book with a great main character of DI Kelly Porter. Is there a serial killer at work that Kelly must uncover? Someone is murdering young woman in horrible ways and leaving strange poetry with the dead bodies. Kelly must work quickly especially when her own sister goes missing to find the suspect and prevent any more bodies from turning up. Kelly Porter is a very likeable character and the back story of her relationships with her sister, mother dying from cancer, and boyfriend Johnny make for enjoyable reading.
We first met DI Kelly Porter in Dark Game by Rachel Lynch. In Deep Fear, Kelly begins the investigation of the murder of a woman. The body was found with what appeared to be a symbolic act. Kelly and her team work feverishly to locate and arrest this killer before another senseless murder is committed. Before they can catch the suspect, however, other bodies are found soon after. Although the bodies continually rack up, and the fact that the evidence points to the murders being connected, the mystery remains bone-deep. This case becomes rather terrifying as things become far too close to home for Kelly. A race against the clock begins as Kelly never could have imagined. Deep Fear is definitely a one-sitting read! It was impossible to guess who the killer was. Add to this a thrilling conclusion and this makes this book a keeper. I look forward to reading more from Rachel Lynch. Many thanks to NetGalley and Caneli for this ARC to review.
Thanks to Netgalley for giving me this book to review, hopefully the first of many. This is the second book with DI Kelly Porter as the investigating officer. I haven’t read the first but that made no difference to reading this book. ( I will be reading the other book in the series now). Set in the Lake District, a body is discovered in a church yard and more bodies soon follow. It is essentially a search for a serial killer, with plenty of suspects for DI Porter to focus on. Deep Fear teases you with forensic evidence and hints about who could be the killer. I didn’t guess who the killer was, but I did work out certain things about the killer, I just couldn’t pinpoint who it was. DI Kelly porter is a believable character and I liked the sub plot about her relationship with her sister. All the characters were brought alive by Rachel Lynch and I could easily picture each one. I enjoyed Deep Fear and would recommend it to anyone who likes a no nonsense hunt for a killer.
Kelly Porter is one of my favorite DI's! She comes off very natural and I want to know more about her. The story was thrilling and captivating and I really enjoyed it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Canelo for an advance copy of Deep Fear, the second novel set in the Lake District to feature DI Kelly Porter. When Moira Tate's naked body is found in a country graveyard the ritual aspects of the murder make DI Kelly Porter suspect that there is a potential serial killer in the area. This is confirmed as more bodies are discovered. I thoroughly enjoyed Deep Fear which is the straightforward hunt for a serial killer. Obviously the hunt is anything but simple with few forensics and a puzzling motive so straightforward refers to the purpose of the novel, a hunt with few distractions or sidesteps. I like this kind of novel with an almost limitless cast of suspects which gets slowly whittled down as more information becomes available. I also like a novel, like this one, with a well concealed perpetrator and this one is a real puzzle as I was clueless until the reveal. It makes for an absorbing read as the reader tries to work out what is going on an why. It makes a pleasant change nowadays to be able to live the investigation with the police without any extra information. Kelly Porter is a good protagonist, smart, capable and intuitive. To make her more than just a cardboard cutout Ms Lynch has given her a troubled relationship with her sister and her mother cancer. I find all this strife wearing but her sister, Nikki, is not particularly likeable although there are hints that there is more to her story than simple disagreeability. Deep Fear is a good read which I have no hesitation in recommending.