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Tenacity - J. S. Law

Netgalley review copy.


Suicide must be investigated
Especially when a Royal Navy sailor kills himself on a nuclear submarine, only days after his wife's brutal murder
Now Lieutenant Danielle Lewis, the Navy's finest Special Branch investigator, must interrogate the tight-knit, male crew of HMS Tenacityto determine if there's a link
Isolated, and standing alone in the face of extreme hostility, Dan soon realises that she may have to choose between the truth and her own survival
Justice must be served, but with a possible killer on board the pressure is rising and her time is running out.


I started Tenacity last night and apart from a short sleep, a work shift and you know, feeding the kids, I didnt put it down until I finished it just now. Really, don't start this book until you have a chunk of time free.


Tenacity is a claustrophobic, addictive and brilliantly constructed thriller that just won't let go, utterly gripping and pretty perfect. Dan, a woman in a man's world, is superbly drawn, anchoring the tale, allowing a lot of fairly dark themes to be explored all wrapped up in a truly terrific mystery story with a deeply disturbing but completely enthralling edge.


A lot of it is in the setting - a huge part of this novel takes place in the confines of a submarine - nowhere to run and nowhere to hide, Dan must track down a killer and she is entirely isolated in this task. This allows for some really creepy and edge of the seat moments that are written so well you may find it hard to breathe yourself. The author manages to bring the atmosphere to vivid life, descriptively speaking this is magnificent stuff, deceptively simple seeming prose that just gets into your head and puts you right there.


There is a hugely organic flow to the writing that keeps you staying up just "ten more minutes" for "just one more chapter" that then turns into a good few more chapters and a good many more minutes - the sign for me of a really really good book.


In the case of "Tenacity" there is no compromise on character to create thrills, the characters ARE the thrills, not only Dan but every single one, bad guys and good guys alike. If you want a thriller that truly works on every level then "Tenacity" is for you.

The ending made me beautifully madly insane - but was pitch perfect. I loved every minute of this, from the opening shots across the bow so to speak to the adrenalin filled final pages that had me madly downing sherbert dib dabs - yes I eat silly sweets when I'm tense - and I really cannot recommend it highly enough.


Just hurry along the next one for heavens sake. That is all!