“ Author: Lynda La Plante / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 06 January 2011 / Genre: Crime & Thriller / Subcategory: Thriller / Suspense General / Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd / Title: Above Suspicion / ISBN 13: 9781849834339 / ISBN 10: 1849834339 / Alternative EAN: 9781847396327 „
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To me there is nothing better than settling down and watching a scary/thriller film. When you're so into the film the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and you just know you're going to jump out of your skin at any minute.
Lately though every film that comes out are all the same.
My mum has always got her head in a book, sometimes more than one. Last time my mum when to our local book stall in town I went with her and found myself looking at the thrillers. I came across Lynda La Plante, Above Suspicion. I have only ever read this type of book once which was also Lynda La Plante called, The Black Dahlia. I absolutely loved the book and it frightened me to the core so I decided to give Above Suspicion a go.
This is what hooked me...
Young Anna Travis has been assigned to her first murder case - a series of killings that has shocked even the most hardened of detectives. They started eight years ago - now the body count is up to six. The method of killing is identical, the backgrounds of the girls identical - all drug-users and prostitutes. Then a seventh body is found. The modus operandi is the same - but the victim is a young student with the 'face of an angel'. The profile of the murderer has changed dramatically. Determined to earn the respect of her male colleagues, Anna stumbles on a vital piece of information which links one man to the killings, a much-loved actor on the brink of international stardom. His arrest would create a media frenzy. But if he were found innocent, his wouldn't be the only career over - Anna's hard fought for reputation would be destroyed once and for all...
It took me a while to get into the book, I found it a bit too complicated to begin with and for the first couple of chapters felt like it was going in circles.
I am not going to give away the story as it is a good read and throughout the book I was getting drawn in more and more.
However several times I did become bored and wished for the story to get going at a quicker pace.
The character where thought up brilliantly and made you believe you was in that environment of a busy police station. The descriptions are also excellent as you really feel you are visiting the suspect with Anna Travis and the team.
I think Lynda La Plante is a very creative and talented author but I felt slightly let down by this book.
A few days after I watched, Above Suspicion drama on TV. Normally I believe the book is always better than the film/drama but this time I preferred to watch it.
A sadistic serial killer is at large. His target prostitutes, despite a lengthy, police investigation, he remains at large. Detective Chief Inspector Langton (who leads the team), acceps a rookie into the team. Detective Constable Anna Travis, she is young, inexperienced and the daughter of the late Detective Chief Superintendent Jack Travis, Langton's one time mentor. Perhaps she can help, Its a risk taking her on, but one he is prepared to take.
Below are my thoughts on the 3 main characters in the book.
Detective Chief Inspector Langton
A tough no nonsense man's man. He is straight talking but underneath there is a softer side. He is ruthless and determined, he lets nothing or no-one get in the way of the job.
Detective Constable Anna Travis
A graduate police officer, who is keen to suceed and step from the shadow of her late father. She is thoughful, resourceful and determined, yet she lacks self confidende and it still rather niave at times.
Alan Daniels/Anthony Duffy
Complicated, complimentary and charming. Nothing bothers him, supremely confident with a slight air of arrogance. La Plante has created a brilliant character.
Detective Chief Inspector Langton, is leading the hunt for a serial killer. The murders started eight years ago, the killers body count stands at six. All the killers victims were drug-users and prostitutes. Then a seventh body is found, the killers MO is the same - but the victim is not, she is a beautiful young student, not his usual type. It would seem he has changed his victim profile.
DCS Langton recruits DC Anna Travis to the investigation, she is the daughter of his one time mentor Jack Travis. Anna is desperate to make her mark, she stumbles on a vital piece of information which links one man to the killings, actor Alan Daniels. Without enough evidence to justify his arrest and no matter how certain they are that Alan is the killer, the evidence is just circumstantial. Daniels takes a shine to Anna. DCS Langton suggests Travis take advantage of Daniel's interest hope to find the critical piece of evidence that will put him away. Using this Langton and Travis embark on a dangerous game. Alan Daniels is either a gentleman or a practiced sociopath. Daniels teases you right until the very end of the book, Travis is unsure if he really is capable of being the monster that the killer clearly is. Only time will tell.
Probably the best know writer of police drama's. Lynda La Plante is world famous. Her books easily move from print and TV. She is an extremely gifted writer, especially within this genre. Teasing the plot and characters from the first page til the last. Her obvious depth of knowledge of police proceedures are clearly demonstrated in the book. She has a fantastic ability to keep you reading once you pick the book up.
I loved this book. I must admit that I saw the TV drama adaptation first. The book is fantastic, as is the TV programme. The characters are well thought, each is brought to life with a history. Langton ls gritty and determined, Travis has a gift for being a detective but she is niave. Daniels is charming and sofisticated an unfappable.
La Plante is often brutal in her discripition of murders and pathology, this for me enhances the realism of the story. She is quite clearly knowledgeable about the subjest and this shines through in her writing.
La Plante is a fantastic writer, her ability to deliver tension and suspense on each page is relentless.
Critical Aclaim for Above Suspicion
'Lynda La Plante practically invented the thriller. She is without a doubt one of the best writers working today. ABOVE SUSPICION blew me away - it grabs you and doesn't let go until the last page'
Legnth: 392 Pages