Jo Callaghan: In The Blink Of An Eye


In the UK, someone is reported missing every 90 seconds.
Just gone. Vanished. In the blink of an eye. 

DCS Kat Frank knows all about loss. A widowed single mother, Kat is a cop who trusts her instincts. Picked to lead a pilot programme that has her paired with AIDE (Artificially Intelligent Detective Entity) Lock, Kat’s instincts come up against Lock’s logic. But when the two missing person’s cold cases they are reviewing suddenly become active, Lock is the only one who can help Kat when the case gets personal. 

AI versus human experience. 
Logic versus instinct.
With lives on the line can the pair work together before someone else becomes another statistic? 

In the Blink of an Eye is a dazzling debut from an exciting new voice and asks us what we think it means to be human.


I’ve heard so much about In The Blink Of An Eye in the last few weeks so obviously I had to take a look for myself and I am so very glad I did! 

The protagonist is DCS Kat Frank and I warmed to her immediately. She is just returning to work after a bereavement so she brings with her some emotional issues, which are explored in a really interesting way. I loved her no nonsense approach to her work, but she also has compassion for her team and I loved the way she encourages them, especially Debbie as a young woman in a male dominated environment.

Technology and I are not usually very good friends, so a novel based around the idea of Artificial Intelligence (AI) was a little daunting for me. However, I shouldn’t have worried. Jo Callaghan explains everything in a way that is both easy to understand and entertaining. She has made Lock, the AI device, a character in his own right and this gives us greater insight into the functions of the technology and also provides some moments of humour in an otherwise quite dark novel. 

Jo Callaghan is an extremely clever writer and at times, I had to stop and remind myself that In The Blink Of An Eye is a debut novel. There are so many layers to it and it is so much more than a police procedural novel. The final reveal was eye opening and there was so much tension as Kat and her team raced to find the perpetrator. 

The ending leaves the story open for a series and if that happens, I am very much looking forward to the future instalments! 

In The Blink Of An Eye is available from Amazon.

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