Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for this new exciting instalment in the DC Bailey Morgan series of thrillers.
To catch a villain sometimes you have to become one.
Bailey’s Back! From the bestselling author of Jailbird.
Detective Constable Bailey Morgan is back doing what she does best – working undercover.
This time she has to infiltrate the inner circle of a notorious underworld family. Posing as a fellow villain, she is on a one-woman mission to bring the family to their knees.
But things are never that simple. Bailey finds that she is forced to confront shadowy wraiths from her past and will come face-to-face with a set of devastating revelations that will shatter her world and threaten her very existence.
With only herself to trust, Bailey is on her own and the stakes are higher than ever.
Heart-stopping and gripping. Perfect for the fans of hit TV shows such as Line of Duty and Gangs of London.
When the blurb for this new thriller by Caro savage says ‘gripping’, it doesn’t lie. I put on hold everything I did and was glued to the book until small hours – I just had to find out how the new undercover operation DC Bailey Morgan is embarking on in this instament going to turn out.
The book begins with a bang – a shockingly visual scene lets us know: we are entering a dangerous world of organised crime and violent, revengeful criminals. Bailey is spending Christmas with her family, when she gets a phone call from Frank, the head of undercover operations, which can only mean one thing- a new assignment. This time her task is to infiltrate a powerful criminal underworld family, the Malloys. The way to earn the criminals’ trust is never easy, but this time it goes through making Nancy Malloy, the mother of the current head of the family, believe that Bailey and she are made of the same ruthless cloth.
I found all aspects of Bailey’s work utterly fascinating- her preparation, the courage she needs to face the task, the creation of her new identity, a little, but potentially deadly mistake she almost makes that could blow her cover. I haven’t read ( I will now!) book 1 in the series, but we do get an idea of what Bailey’s previous jobs were like and the toll they took on her, both mentally and physically. She is a flawed character, but as the events unfold and you get to know her better, you get a sense that DC Bailey Morgan is the kind of person who has a strong moral compass and her heart is in the right place.
I really don’t want to give the story away. This was one of those rare cases that I wasn’t even tempted to take a peek at the last page, because the writing was so good that I really wanted to savour every scene and every detail. The pace is fast and the time seems to get compressed in these short, action-packed chapters.
Highly recommended for all readers who enjoy a well-written thriller with a strong female lead.
Thank you to Rachel, NetGalley and Boldwood Books for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
About the author:
Caro Savage knows all about bestselling thrillers having worked as a Waterstones bookseller for 12 years in a previous life. Now taking up the challenge personally and turning to hard-hitting crime thriller writing, Jailbird was published by Boldwood in October 2019.
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