6 May 2015

WORLD BOOK NIGHT: PRIME SUSPECT.

Following on from World Book Night  and mine and Mr T's reviews today I'm delighted to be bringing you Leanne's review of ...


PRIME SUSPECT by LYNDA LA PLANTE.

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FIRST SENTENCE: Mrs Corrina Salbanna was woken from a deep sleep by the sound of the front door banging in the wind.

MEMORABLE MOMENT: (Chapter Ten, Page 303) Every single man had signed the petition. Tennison’s eyes brimmed with tears.

LEANNE'S THOUGHTS: Prime Suspect is the first novel in the Prime Suspect trilogy, featuring DCI Jane Tennison as a tough, straight-talking senior female officer, locked in a continuous battle to prove her worth to male members of the chauvinistic and very traditional Metropolitan Police Force. Having been a little too young to enjoy Prime Suspect as a TV series in the ‘90s, I was intrigued when the title was selected as one of the World Book Night 2015 giver choices. I decided to make Prime Suspect my first choice and I’m very glad I did.

Lynda la Plante’s characters are spot on. Tennison is portrayed as a feisty, self-assured woman who will let nothing stand in the way of her ambition; yet la Plante also allows the reader to gain an insight into the softer side of the DCI’s character. 

The plot is extremely tightly written, with no obvious gaps at all. The fast, relentless pace of the narrative sweeps the reader along and, by the end, I didn’t want to put the book down!

I thoroughly enjoyed Prime Suspect. I’ll certainly read the two remaining books in the trilogy and I’m also very interested in reading la Plante’s ongoing Detective Anna Travis series as a result of checking out the author’s website. Great stuff!

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My thanks to Leanne for not only sharing her thoughts on Prime Suspect but also along with Mr T for arranging the event which saw the giving away of almost 100 books to students and staff. TT

12 comments:

Kelly said...

This sounds quite good and, considering (at this point) it is only a trilogy, I might well consider adding it to my wish list.

Thanks for bringing us Leanne's review.

Suko said...

Tracy,
Thank you for this lovely review by Leanne. World Book Night sounds like a wonderful event.

Melliane said...

I'm glad you had a good time with this one, it's the first time I hear a bout it.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh I'm going to have to check out this author. This sounds like a good thriller!

Claudine G. said...

Sounds like a highly successful event! I haven't read (or watched) Prime Suspect but I reckon it'll make a good read. I was watching Scott and Bailey some time ago and relished the circumstance of women leading the investigations while the men were their assistants.

Brian Joseph said...

I have never seen never television series.

This characters and situations sound very well crafted. For me that is essential in a book like this.

Brandi Kosiner said...

Sounds like a good one with the solid plot and enjoyment factor

Alexia561 said...

Congrats on giving away so many books! Sounds like the World Book Night was a rousing success! And glad that Leanne discovered a great new series to read!

Romance Reader said...

Sounds interesting and intriguing. Thanks for bringing us Leanne's review.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Thanks for sharing. This sounds like a really well done novel - and I like a good mystery.

DMS said...

What a wonderful event! I enjoyed this review and I don't recall ever hearing of the show- but the book sounds good. :)
~Jess

Gina R said...

Yay for the event but alas, I do believe this one may be suited for an audience minus myself. Cie la vie. Happy reading!