Deadly Waters (DCI Jane Phillips #3) by OMJ Ryan
Thursday 16th to Wednesday 22nd July 2020
I’m thrilled to review the next installment of OMJ Ryan’s DCI Jane Phillips series. I really enjoy these books, and Deadly Vengeance is an absolute thrill ride!
Some people can never escape their past.
When the fifteen-year-old daughter of UK munitions dealer, Sir Richard Hawkins vanishes without a trace – the race is on to find her. But Sir Richard and his wife’s worst fears are realised when they receive a video of Hollie, tied to a chair, with a masked man holding a gun to her head.
The ransom demands are simple, pay four million pounds in cash – or they’ll never see their daughter again. DCI Jane Phillips is assigned to the case, and has no idea of who, or what she’s up against. But as the investigation unfolds, it becomes clear Hollie’s kidnapping was the work of a formidable gang – who operate in the shadows and will stop at nothing to get what they want.
As the pressure mounts, can Phillips and the team find Hollie before it’s too late? Or will this investigation signal not only the death of the Major Crimes Unit, but one of her beloved team, as well?
DCI Jane Philips knows that the Major Crimes Unit doesn’t get the easy cases, but this one is a doozy! The kidnappers pulled off a slick operation, leaving few clues other than a possible military involvement. Sir Richard Hawkins, the victim’s stepfather is an arms dealer more worried about his money than his child, and the negotiator from the Metropolitan Police is completely useless. As usual, it’s up to Philips and her team to track down every lead and try to bring Hollie home.
I really enjoyed the deeper look into the MCU’s team dynamics. Philips and Jones, Jones and Bovalino, Bovalino and Entwhistle, and Philips with the team together against Superintendent Fox. Reading these characters is like watching a favorite police drama; you know and love them, and there is always something new. When one of the team is hurt trying to find and save Hollie Hawkins, how do the others react and pull through?
OMJ Ryan as a great turn of phrase, and his novels are both fast-paced and thought provoking. This book explores the trials soldiers face once they come back to civilian life, and the effects of PTSD and addiction. There are also mentions of the betrayal felt by soldiers when attacked by weapons sold by a supposed ally. And then there is the anger of an unloved child, who sees far more than she should. Deadly Vengeance is such a great title for this book because for the longest time, you aren’t sure exactly whose vengeance is it?
As with Ryan’s other books, this is a non-stop ride. There is everything inside that makes a great police thriller, including an ending that leaves you satisfied, if craving another book.
- Title: Deadly Vengeance
- Author: OMJ Ryan
- Publisher: Inkubator Books
- Released: July 19th, 2020
- Language: English
- Format: Ebook
- Pages: 290 pages
Hailing from Yorkshire, OMJ Ryan worked in radio and entertainment for over twenty years, collaborating with household names and accumulating a host of international writing and radio awards.
In 2018 he followed his passion to become a full-time novelist, writing stories for people who devour exciting, fast-paced thrillers by the pool, on their commute – or those rare moments of downtime before bed. Owen’s mission is to entertain from the first page to the last.
Deadly Vengeance is the third Detective Jane Phillips book in the series and OMJ’s fourth book with Inkubator Books.
Much thanks to Damppebbles Blog Tours, OMJ Ryan and Inkubator Books for this opportunity.
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