James Oswald: Nothing To Hide


This review is written with thanks to Pigeonhole for the opportunity to read Nothing To Hide.


Suspended from duty after her last case ended in the high-profile arrest of one of Britain’s wealthiest men, DC Constance Fairchild is trying to stay away from the limelight. Fate has other ideas . . .

Coming home to her London flat, Constance stumbles across a young man, bloodied, mutilated and barely alive. She calls it in and is quickly thrown into the middle of a nationwide investigation . . . It seems that the victim is just the latest in a string of similar ritualistic attacks.

No matter that she is off-duty, no matter that there are those in the Met who would gladly see the back of her, Con can’t shake her innate determination to bring the monsters responsible for this brutality to justice.

Trouble always seems to find her, and even if she has nothing to hide, perhaps she has everything to lose . . .


Nothing To Hide begins where No Time To Cry left off and I was pleased to be reunited with Detective Con Fairchild. In the second instalment in the series, we learn a little more about her upbringing and how it has shaped the person she is now. Throughout the novel, I felt a great deal of sympathy for her as she sought to avoid the journalists who were making her life difficult.

This novel is absolutely jam packed with tension from the very start  The crimes are gruesome, but this aspect of Nothing To Hide made me want to keep reading until the end to make sure the killer was caught. As the novel reaches its climax, there is a definite sense of danger, which had me gripped!

Although Nothing To Hide is a police procedural novel, Oswald explores several pertinent issues in society among the investigation including homelessness, addiction and religion. In particular, the religious aspect is fascinating, showing the darker side of it.

Nothing To Hide is available from  Amazon.

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