Vanda Symon: Containment

Today I’m delighted to be sharing my review of Containment as part of the blog tour. It’s written with thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on the tour.


Chaos reigns in the sleepy village of Aramoana on the New Zealand coast, when a series of shipping containers wash up on the beach and looting begins.

Detective Constable Sam Shephard experiences the desperation of the scavengers first-hand, and ends up in an ambulance, nursing her wounds and puzzling over an assault that left her assailant for dead.

What appears to be a clear-cut case of a cargo ship running aground soon takes a more sinister turn when a skull is found in the sand, and the body of a diver is pulled from the sea … a diver who didn’t die of drowning…

As first officer at the scene, Sam is handed the case, much to the displeasure of her superiors, and she must put together an increasingly confusing series of clues to get to the bottom of a mystery that may still have more victims…

Review :

It’s great to be back with Detective Constable Sam Shephard as she continues in her efforts to rise up the police department of Dunedin in New Zealand. In the third instalment of the series, she’s still a feisty cop with a heart of gold and we see that almost immediately. She’s still struggling to work alongside her boss, but has a great relationship with her partner Smithy and the rest of the team and even has a soft spot for some of the suspects! The characters are very well drawn and I enjoyed getting to know the members of the Dunedin community who all have very different traits.

There are several different threads to Containment, each one of which is thoroughly entertaining. I enjoyed trying to work out how everything was connected with the tension rising with every new discovery. Symon has plotted this novel very cleverly and I could not stop turning pages!

There are a few moments of sadness in Containment which make it a very emotional read, something which makes this series stand out among many others, and I look forward to seeing where Symon takes the story lines she has developed.

Containment is available from Amazon.

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