No Time to Cry

No Time to Cry is the first in a new series, featuring DC Constance (Con) Fairchild, by James Oswald, the author of the DI McLean books. Being a huge fan of Tony McLean, I was not sure what to expect – could anything possibly be as good? I need not have worried.

We are thrown in at the deep end when Con discovers the body of her boss who has been brutally murdered while working undercover. She finds herself under suspicion, suspended and fearing for her life.

Not allowed to take part in the investigation, she goes in search of her childhood friend’s missing younger sister, Izzy, never dreaming that the two cases could be connected.

Resourceful, dogged and good at thinking on her feet, Con eventually manages to break through the conspiracy and find out who is responsible for the death of DI Pete Copperthwaite.

Although set in London, this reads more like a road trip, and has a cinematic quality that would make a great film or TV series. The first person narrative lends immediacy to the story and helps introduce us to the world that Con inhabits; we are given just enough detail about her past throughout the book to keep us intrigued.

James Oswald is to be commended for having written a thoroughly believable young female character, and not focussing too much on her appearance. I particularly like the inclusion of Rose, the cat with no name and the familiar hint of the supernatural – nods to the McLean series.

The dark subject matter is dealt with in a sensitive way, although it is still deeply disturbing. No Time to Cry is a well-written, fast-paced and gripping story, and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Thanks to Wildfire and NetGalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review #netgalley #notimetocry #jamesoswald.