Publication Date: 16th November from Bonnier Zaffre
Source: Review Copy
Charlie and Emily Swift are the Instagram-perfect couple: gorgeous, successful and in love. But then Charlie is named as the prime suspect in a gruesome murder and Emily’s world falls apart.
Desperate for answers, she turns to Charlie’s troubled best friend, London Herald journalist, Sophie Kent. Sophie knows police have the wrong man – she trusts Charlie with her life.
Then Charlie flees.
Sophie puts her reputation on the line to clear his name. But as she’s drawn deeper into Charlie and Emily’s unravelling marriage, she realises that there is nothing perfect about the Swifts.
As she begins to question Charlie’s innocence, something happens that blows the investigation – and their friendship – apart.
Now Sophie isn’t just fighting for justice, she’s fighting for her life.
Blimey I think Corrie Jackson may be the new queen of the twist in crime fiction, The Perfect Victim was pure drama and just when you thought you’d grasped the truth you got sent down another dastardly dark alley (figuratively and literally) and just ended up turned around some more. Excellent plotting. Huge brownie points for keeping me guessing for far longer than any other mystery novel this year so far.
I loved the first Sophie Kent book – it was absolute class as is the character – but in The Perfect Victim things are taken up a notch – that touch of glamour remains but through a glass darkly as Sophie struggles not just with her own demons but it seems everyone else’s as well. Her long term friend is suspected of murder, his wife is acting strangely, Sophie herself is trying to come to terms with many things and it is beautifully written HIGHLY addictive and genuinely unpredictable.
There are a lot of books that explore the dark facade beneath the most pitch perfect seeming relationships but I think this one does that better than many – Emily and Charlie seem like a dream couple but what goes on beneath the surface you would never guess. As Sophie struggles to adjust to a new reality, you feel every moment of it, the emotional depth Corrie Jackson brings to her characters is in the top tier of crime writing today and she is only on book 2 so I can’t even begin to imagine where we might end up next. No pressure or anything but I can’t wait for more.
As a fan of crime fiction and series crime fiction in particular I’m always looking for my next must read obsession. Well here is one right here. Hugely talented, I’d say this author is one to watch for the next few years.
Full of heart, darkly disturbing, thought provoking and honestly authentic.