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, Overkillmarks the start of an unputdownable and unforgettable series from one of New Zealand’s finest crime writers.
Overkill is available now in ebook and paperback now. You can purchase a copy of both here.
I recently discovered that I love dark crime thrillers so I was very excited to be given the chance to read a book described as New Zealand noir.
The reader is thrown straight into the story, and the action, with possibly one of the most violent openings I have read. You could almost feel the poor victims fear as she struggles against her intruder. As a mother myself i could imagine her anxiety about wanting to keep her child safe and my heart waswin mouth as I read. Iwas immediately intrigued wondering who would want to attack this woman and why.
Sam is a fantastic main character that I absolutely loved. Despite being suspended she just refuses to give in and continues to investigate the case on her own. Her strength, loyalty and drive to get justice was great to read about and I found myself really admiring her. I didn’t however like her boss who seemed to jump to conclusions and want to dismiss herhvery quickly. I’d have loved to have given him a piece of my mind!
This is a very fast paced book that left me feeling quite breathless at times as I found myself reading faster and faster desperately wanting to find out what would happen. There are lots of twists and false leads that kept me guessing until the end. The small town setting was brilliantly described and helped add to the tension in the book as people talk, opinions are voiced and sides chosen. This leads to quite a claustrophobic atmosphere which is almost palpable and helps add to the tension as no one knows what to believe.
This is unbelievably the author’s debut book and I am very excited to read more from her in the future. If you like clever, atmospheric crime thrillers then you’ll love this book.
Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and Karen from Orenda Publishers for my copy of this book.
About The Author:
Vanda Symon (born 1969) is a crime writer, TV presenter and radio host from Dunedin, New Zealand, and the chair of the Otago Southland branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors. The Sam Shephard series has hit number one on the New Zealand bestseller list, and also been shortlisted for the Ngaio Marsh Award for best crime novel. She currently lives in Dunedin, with her husband and two sons.