Today the Overkill blog tour is stopping at my blog and I will be sharing my review of this book. Huge thank you to Anne at Random Things Tours for the invite and to Orenda Books for the copy of the book.
Overkill by Vanda Symon
Published: 30th June 2018
Publisher: Orenda Books
Rating: 5 stars
When the body of a young mother is found washed up on the banks of the Mataura River, a small rural community is rocked by her tragic suicide. But all is not what it seems.
Sam Shephard, sole-charge police constable in Mataura, soon discovers the death was no suicide and has to face the realisation that there is a killer in town. To complicate the situation, the murdered woman was the wife of her former lover. When Sam finds herself on the list of suspects and suspended from duty, she must cast aside her personal feelings and take matters into her own hands.
To find the murderer … and clear her name.
A taut, atmospheric and page-turning thriller, Overkill marks the start of an unputdownable and unforgettable series from one of New Zealand’s finest crime writers.
Wow, right from the start I was hooked, I was addicted and I just knew Overkill was something pretty damn special. The prologue hooked me right in and I didn’t dare look away until I’d well and truly been sucked in to the plot. It was brutal and it was violent, all things I love in crime books!
Sam Shepherd is a police constable in Mataura in New Zealand, it’s one of those towns where everyone knows everyone and nothing bad ever happens. All that is about to change. Sam is called to a scene where it appears a suicide has happened, she soon discovers otherwise and that is just the start of everything unravelling.
Sam is a brilliant character, she’s very relatable but also quite naive, she carries the story brilliantly and I can’t wait to read more about Sam in future books. Vanda has written about New Zealand so beautifully, I love reading books set in Australia and New Zealand and this one is just epic. The sense of place and community that Vanda has created is just fabulous and I really felt I’d been transported to the stunning country.
The twists and turns throughout kept me on the edge of my seat, I was second and third guessing everyone until I was utterly confused! The pace of the book is fast enough to keep you reading, the pages just kept on turning.
The sense of humour that is injected into the book had me chuckling away to myself, it’s a dry, sarcastic sense of humour, my favourite kind!
Overkill was just utterly fantastic, right from the gruesome start I was hooked and I fell in love with Sam. The atmosphere created in the book is tense and suspenseful, I was looking over my shoulder at times and biting my nails. Compelling and addictive, a brilliant start to what could be an epic series.
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About the Author:
Vanda Symon is the best-selling author of four Detective Sam Shephard crime fiction novels, published in New Zealand, including Overkill (Penguin, 2007), The Ringmaster (Penguin, 2008), Containment (Penguin, 2009), Bound (Penguin, 2011), and the stand-alone psychological thriller, The Faceless (Penguin, 2012). She is a three-time finalist for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Fiction Novel. Her books have also been published in Germany.