The Detriment by David Videcette (Jake Flannagan #2)


Synopsis: “The truth costs nothing, but a lie can cost you everything…” 

June 2007: a barbaric nail bomb is planted outside a London nightclub, a spy is found dead in his garden, and a blazing Jeep is driven into Glasgow airport. Three events bound by an earth-shattering connection that should have remained buried forever. 

From the author of ‘The Theseus Paradox’, the smash-hit 7/7 thriller based on true events, comes the sequel about a real-life mystery that threatens to destroy a nation. Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan must uncover how a series of astonishing events are inextricably linked, before the past closes in on him. 

We all have secrets we say we’ll never tell… 

Kat’s Rating: 4/5

Kat’s Review: I absolutely loved David Videcette’s first release The Thesus Paradox and was thrilled to see the main character Jake Flannagan was back in book 2. Jake made it clear in the first book how much of a maverick he was and following rules and doing as he’s told just doesn’t come naturally to him. It seems in this latest installment that he is trying to mend his ways but as ever his natural tendencies shine through. The opening of the book is a corker and we see Jake outside a nightclub faced with a car bomb, and of course Jake being Jake, he is right in the middle of it all. Unfortunately, due to previous bad behavious Jake now has to work alongside DI Mark Castle who is somebody Jake not only has history with, but somebody who doesn’t want to see Jake do well.

The story has a number of threads and as many people may have wondered there is a fine line between fact and fiction with many elements to the story. However, this plot line has plenty going on from bombs, to dead spys to Jake’s ex Claire and her own storyline. Seeing Jake’s ex-girlfriend Claire as well as the return of his brilliant colleague Jake made for such compelling reading. I love Lenny and would be devastated if he didn’t return alongside Jake in the future as he is the calm to Jake’s storm.

The book itself is packed full of action and the plots keep you hooked while Jake battles both his own personal feelings as well as trying to solve the cases that are in front of him. This second book had all the key ingredients that the first did, yet we also seem to see more of the charcters on a personal note as well as getting a little more insight into Jake and why he does what he does. A fabulously entertaining read with extremely likeable characters and an author I would highly recommend.

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