Today I’m sharing my review of The Dangerous Kind by Deborah O’Connor which is a highly intriguing psychological thriller. At First Monday Crime earlier this month, Deborah talked about how the police actually have a list of potentially dangerous people, people who they believe may kill someone one day and this is what inspired her novel.
One in 100 of us is a ‘potentially dangerous person’ – someone likely to commit a violent crime. We all know them: these charmers, liars and manipulators. The ones who send prickles up the back of our neck. These people 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 their perpetrators.
But 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.
The Dangerous Kind by Deborah O’Connor is such an intriguing novel that examines something that will stay in your mind for a long while after you read it. Perhaps you’ll never stop thinking about it and it may make you look at people in a very different light.
I can remember being in a room full of people, and this novel and the topic came up, and we all just looked at each other warily, and perhaps, took one step further away. One in one hundred people, according to research, are considered to be psychopaths. And there were probably over a hundred of us in that room at the time. I mean, if that isn’t enough to give you shivers, I don’t know what will. I think every one of us has had at some point in our lives, a dreadfully shocking thought that we would never dream of carrying out; perhaps when someone we don’t like is giving us an extra hard time, but what if we were given that extra push?
Jessamine is a podcast producer who works for the BBC specialising in true crime stories and often members of the public phone into the show to talk to her about particular cases, which then leads to debates with others. Jessamine is approached by a young woman whose friend, Cassie has disappeared and hasn’t been heard from for days. Jessamine agrees to look into the case. Meanwhile, her own relationship with her daughter, Sarah, is on the rocks. As Jessamine looks into Cassie’s disappearance, she has no idea just how much of an impact it will have on her own life, and there are some dark truths which she later discovers.
The book is told through different perspectives, and we also go back in time to 1992. I really wanted to see how everything was going to pull together in the end and Deborah O’Connor touches on some really relevant themes that have been spoken a lot about in the media very recently. The structure of the story was very well thought out, and there were some tense final scenes as the novel raced towards its conclusion.
Jessamine was a character who I really engaged with, and I wanted her to find a way around the problems she was having with her daughter, and I wanted her to get to the bottom of what had happened to Cassie.
The Dangerous Kind is very readable, tense and exciting and it will make the reader feel very eager to find out how everything comes together. It’s one of those books that you can just sink so quickly into. I loved it.
Publication date: 16th May 2019
Print length: 448 pages
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