The Devil's Claw by Lara Dearman

The Devil's Claw

Jennifer Dorey thinks she is safe.Following a traumatic incident in London, Jennifer has returned to her childhood home in Guernsey, taking a job as a reporter at the local newspaper.After the discovery of a drowned woman on a beach, she uncovers a pattern of similar deaths that have taken place over the past fifty years.Together with DCI Michael Gilbert, an officer on the verge of retirement, they follow a dark trail of island myths and folklore...


Details The Devil's Claw

TitleThe Devil's Claw
ISBN9781409170280
Author
Release DateDec 14th, 2017
PublisherTrapeze
LanguageEnglish
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Crime
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Reviews The Devil's Claw

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    1970-01-01
    EXCERPT: Naked, her breasts and hips were heavier than he thought they would be and he wondered if he should feel disappointed, but he forced himself to concentrate on her slim waist and her skin. Her skin was perfect. White, like moonlight. He thought how wonderful they must look together, two beautiful people, happy and free, and how important this was, that he saved her. From the filth and the alcohol and the little people and the loathsome, r...
  • James
    1970-01-01
    Why This Book I've built a good relationship with the publisher, Crooked Lane, who offered Lara Dearman's book, The Devil's Claw, the first in her Jennifer Dorey mystery series, as a thank you for all the other books I've chosen, read, and reviewed from them. I'm closing out all my commitments this month to publishers before I tackle some open ARCs, hence why this book wound up as my first choice in February. Plot, Characters & Setting Jennif...
  • Liz
    1970-01-01
    Jenny has returned home to Guernsey. A newspaper reporter, she had a story in London go wrong and she’s trying to escape the trauma of that situation. She’s no sooner home than she is one of the first to find the dead body of a teenage girl on the beach. The story is told from multiple POV. You get the killer’s backstory, as well as Jenny’s along with the present day story. My favorite character is DCI Martin Gilbert. He lost his daughter...
  • Carol
    1970-01-01
    ENTICING PROLOGUE. THE DEVIL'S CLAW by Lara Dearman is a fine debut and a great start to her new series. It has a good storyline, good lead characters you can sink your teeth into and an atmospheric town with some intriguing dark folklore. A bit wordy, it did take me a long time to get through it.The story is about a 30 year old journalist who leaves London....and a life threatening experience....to return to her home town of Guernsey where she o...
  • Paromjit
    1970-01-01
    This is the first in the Jenny Dorey series set in the Channel Island of Guernsey. Jenny has returned home to Guernsey after a traumatic and scarring time in London. She was chasing a story on Eastern European cleaner Madalina, who disappeared, feared murdered by the guilt ridden Jenny. Threatened and violently assaulted by a gang, she is now living with her mother, Margaret, working as a reporter on the Guernsey News. She is still feeling the in...
  • Melisa
    1970-01-01
    I’m not afraid of the darkness, only what it hides.That super creepy tag line is extremely appropriate for this story! I found it to be a very promising serial killer thriller, but unfortunately it wasn’t quite for me.My favorite part of this book was how much I learned about the history of Guernsey Island - I didn’t know much about the Nazi occupation in World War 2 - and I also enjoyed learning about the folklore of the area. I had a few ...
  • Carrie
    1970-01-01
    Jennifer Dorey needed to return to the quiet town of Guernsey after a traumatic experience on her job as a journalist in London. Taking a job at the local newspaper in the town Jenny never expected to find herself stumbling onto a big case involving a serial killer but that is just what she did when the body of a woman is found. Jenny started to dig into similar cases of drowned women and finds a pattern leading back fifty years. DCI Michael Gilb...
  • Whispering Stories
    1970-01-01
    Book Reviewed by Nia on www.whisperingstories.comThis book is the first in a series centred around Jennifer Dorey, a reporter returned home after a troubled stint in London. Her hope is to find some peace at home but discovers a pattern of deaths of teenage girls across five decades while researching an article for the local paper, she reports her findings to the police and helps them in their investigation to bring down a serial killer that nobo...
  • Christine
    1970-01-01
    Murder linked to Guernsey’s dark war time history. Dark myths. Small town claustrophobia. A killer who has been taking his pleasure for half a century. What is not to love? I mean LOVE in capital letters. The Devil’s Claw delivers a deadly slice.The Devil’s Claw is the debut twisted thriller from Lara Dearman. It sets the scene for a compelling series, introducing us to hardworking and traumatised journalist Jennifer Dorey. She unites with ...
  • Susan
    1970-01-01
    Journalist Jenny Dorey has left London, after an incident which has left her feeling threatened and traumatised, and returned to her childhood home in Guernsey. Moving back in with her widowed mother, Jenny takes a job at the local newspaper, “Guernsey News,” and tries to re-make her life. Jenny is mainly covering fairly boring stories and it is while visiting a fireworks display, in order to write about it for the paper, that she hears a scr...
  • Liz Barnsley
    1970-01-01
    Another one sitting read for me from Trapeze. Really enjoyed it. Classically good writing from Lara Dearman and a lovely twisty tale with a haunting setting plus a heavy dose of unpredictability. What's not to love? By the halfway point I was devouring it as much as reading it and the end lived up to the rest which is a huge plus. Nothing flat here. Full review nearer publication. Look out for this one. Put on your bookish radar. Set a day aside ...
  • Linda Strong
    1970-01-01
    In this author's debut novel, journalist Jennifer Dorey has moved to her home town. Her last article, written when she was in London, didn't end well. Jennifer decided to get away from dead bodies.Unfortunately, for her, she discovers the body of a drowned woman. Writing it up for her paper, she discovers a long list of similar deaths over a period of 50 years.Teaming up with DCI Michael Gilbert who is about to retire, they have to wade through m...
  • Lou
    1970-01-01
    Jennifer Dorey thinks she is safe.Following a traumatic incident in London, Jennifer has returned to her childhood home in Guernsey, taking a job as a reporter at the local newspaper.After the discovery of a drowned woman on a beach, she uncovers a pattern of similar deaths that have taken place over the past fifty years.Together with DCI Michael Gilbert, an officer on the verge of retirement, they follow a dark trail of island myths and folklore...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    1970-01-01
    The Devil's Claw is the first book in the Jennifer Dorey Mystery series and I read a sample of this book a while back and loved the intro of this book and couldn't wait to get the chance to read the whole book. Now, I read a lot of mystery books and I especially love harsh island settings like in this one. Part of the charm of reading this book was just that the mystery takes place in Guernsey, an island that was occupied by Germany during WW2. A...
  • Joanne Robertson
    1970-01-01
    Well, this was a very pleasant surprise! I must start by saying though that do not judge an author by their “cover”! Lara Dearman looks to be such a sweet young mum of three but hiding behind that is a mind capable of creating some very dark and disturbing scenarios which make The Devil’s Claw, her debut novel, the start of a brilliant new crime series that I’m thrilled to have discovered.I’ve never been to Guernsey but after reading Th...
  • Sandy
    1970-01-01
    I recently received the first 3 chapters of this book by Lara Dearman courtesy of Trapeze, Orion Publishing Group. Set in beautiful Guernsey, this little snippet definitely has more than enough to put its publication date on your radar. The locale is quickly established by descriptive passages that bring the island & its inhabitants to life.MC Jenny Dorey came home about a year & a half ago to work at The Guernsey News. Something made her leave L...
  • Sheila
    1970-01-01
    3.5 stars--somewhere between liked and really liked.If you enjoy smart suspense novels, give this one a try--the first Jennifery Dorey mystery was an enjoyable read for me. I liked Jenny's character, as well as the minor characters, but most of all I liked the Guernsey setting. I don't know a lot about the English Channel, so I enjoyed learning about it in a fictional setting (the author was born there, and her familiarity shows).I'm always a suc...
  • Martha Brindley
    1970-01-01
    This is a good start to a new series. Set in Guernsey, Jenny is a journalist returned from London and working with her local newspaper. She finds the body of a young woman and despite the verdict of suicide, jenny is convinced it is a murder. She investigates other mysterious deaths and soon finds herself hunting for a killer. The book is told from three different perspectives and it didn't quite work for me. i would have liked to have seen more ...
  • Latkins
    1970-01-01
    This is an entertaining thriller set on the isle of Guernsey. Jenny, a journalist, returns to the island after living in London for several years. She's partly there because of the death of her father, but also because she's running from a dangerous situation involving people traffickers. Shes' also traumatised by an event that happened when she was a teenager. While working for the local paper, she is there when the body of a young woman is foun...
  • Sophie
    1970-01-01
    Firstly, thank you to Trapeze for the manuscript bound copy I won in the giveaway. I really enjoyed this novel, the isolated setting fits the dark story perfectly and I found Jenny to be an interesting character that I would like to read more of. This is a hauntingly good thriller and I recommend you read it when it's published later this year!
  • Angela Smith
    1970-01-01
    I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. It was well written but didn't have the suspense factor that I was hoping for. The main character, Jenny Dorey was likeable enough as well as DCI Michael Gilbert that she was working with on the case of the drowned women.Jenny has returned to her home on Guernsey with her widowed mother. Jenny was working in London but got herself into hot water over an immigrant worker who disappeared. She was th...
  • Monica Mac
    1970-01-01
    This book was a really solid police procedural and I really liked the characters as well as the storyline.The characters of Jennifer and Michael were well fleshed out and the secondary characters were great as well. I liked the interactions between the two main characters and I really hope this is just the start of a series, starring the pair of them? Or at least one of them? Just sayin' :) Hint, hint.Guernsey is an island and everyone seems to k...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    1970-01-01
    Jennifer Dorey returns to her hometown of Guernsey as a reporter for the local newspaper. A drowned woman on a beach, a new alliance with DCI Michael Gilbert and a pattern that has emerged over years of deaths in this town, the determination to find this killer is fierce. How does someone who has been killing for this long actually get away with it?? As she gets closer to the truth, her life becomes more and more endangered.A promising first in a...
  • Rich
    1970-01-01
    where do I begin lol. I wish I could say give this novel a spin and give it a read, but at last I can not do that with so many other good novels out there. For a new writer she has some talent and maybe with a better editor and a better story???????/ This story was bland-too much filler and too much about another thing that happened to her in London. The detective and police force was sad to say the least. The ending was rushed and not that good....
  • Elaine Tomasso
    1970-01-01
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for a review copy of The Devil's Claw, the first novel in a projected series to feature Jennifer Dorey, a reporter based in Guernsey.Jennifer has returned to Guernsey after some unexplained problem in London and is working at the local paper as a reporter when she stumbles across the recently deceased body of a young woman, Amanda Guille. The authorities suspect suicide but are prepared to re...
  • Mycoton32
    1970-01-01
    http://www.leslecturesdemylene.com/20...16/20 - Un thriller à l'ambiance diablement bien faite, j'ai un peu moins adhéré aux personnages par contre
  • Jessica
    1970-01-01
    Thanks to Crooked Lane Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.The start of a new crime series, but from the perspective of a journalist. THE DEVIL'S CLAW by Lara Dearman is a page-turning read as Jennifer fights to find the killer before he finds her.Jennifer Dorey moves back home to Guernsey after a traumatic event in London. She takes a job as a reporter for their local newspaper. When a woman is found on the beach - death...
  • Kathleen
    1970-01-01
    I was excited to read this as the description led me to believe I was in for a really good creepy mystery full of myths and folklore. While this book did contain those elements it was missing the creep and the suspense in my opinion. I did think this was a very well plotted story and the writing was definitely on par, but for me it lacked the edge I was looking for and in the end I had figured out the killer pretty early on, which is unusual for ...
  • Linda Hill
    1970-01-01
    With a traumatic event in her recent past Jenny thinks returning to Guernsey will help her recover so peace and tranquility. She’s wrong!Having worked in Jersey every six weeks or so for years I have a pretty good understanding of the claustrophobic and intimate nature of the Channels islands. Lara Dearman is pitch perfect in depicting EXACTLY what it’s like. There’s a shared history, especially of the recent past, and mysticism that thread...
  • Thebooktrail
    1970-01-01
    Set in Guernsey this is a mighty fine debut!Visit the locations in the novel Devil's ClawI do hope this is the first in a series as it’s being touted as, as well, it’s one of the most intriguing crime novels I’ve read in a while. Jenny is a complex bag of emotions who returns home and faces issues both in her life she’s escaped from and that which she now finds herself sucked into. I found her intriguing if not a little naive and a bit to...