Simon Kernick: Good Cop Bad Cop

I read Good Cop Bad Cop as part of the TBC readalong. My review is written with thanks to then publisher for my copy of the book via Netgalley.


Undercover cop Chris Sketty became a hero when he almost died trying to stop the most brutal terror attack in UK history. With the suspects either dead or missing, the real motive remains a mystery.

But someone is convinced Sketty is a liar.
A criminal mastermind.
A murderer.

Blackmailed into revealing the truth, Sketty will share a twisting tale of betrayal, deception and murder…with a revelation so shocking that nothing will be the same again.


This is only the second book I have read by Simon Kernick, but he is quickly gaining a firm fan in me. I love his writing style and the fast paced stories that, although they require a slight suspension of belief, have me hooked the whole way through. 

Good Cop Bad Cop is Chris Sketty’s story, told to Doctor Ralph Teller. As it is Sketty’s own version of events, we can never be completely sure that his recollection is reliable or that he is telling the truth, although I really did feel sympathy for him and I wanted him to be the “good cop.” There are so many questions that arise from this plot and I desperately wanted the answers to them, which kept me furiously turning pages. 

Towards the end of the novel, there is a definite increase in tension and I loved it! It was so gripping. It may not be for the faint hearted as there is a lot of violence, but I did feel it all added to the tense atmosphere. I loved all the twists and turns and couldn’t wait to see how the end would play out. It’s an ending I will be thinking about for some time. 

Good Cop Bad Cop is available from Amazon.

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