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 takes place over one stark winter and is a cautionary tale of our time. Wonderful plotting with a dark dark story, this is a slow burner of a literary delight that builds inexorably towards a brilliant conclusion.
A scarily realistic premise keeps you hooked throughout, Jessamy is a clever, intelligent protagonist and the layers of story concerning the hidden manipulators within our world are fascinatingly disturbing.
The Dangerous Kind is a different perspective on a psychological thriller, I loved it because it WAS different, also genuinely compelling and beautifully beautifully written.