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The Reckoning (Maeve Kerrigan #2)

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,168 Ratings  ·  243 Reviews
To the public, he's a hero: a brutal killer who targets sex offenders. To most of London's police force, he's the suspect in a gruesome, time-consuming case to be avoided. But to Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan, he's a murderer—no matter the sins of his victims—and catching him is her job. Assigned to the case with the division's unreadable new DI, Josh Derwent, young a ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jul 22, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, series
The Hook - A promising series I started and forgot about.

The Line”The morning after the night before is never a lot of fun, especially if don’t drink much as a rule.”

The Sinker – Nothing horribly earth shattering but I thoroughly enjoyed this second book in the Maeve Kerrigan Series.

I suppose you could call it a London police procedural. Just as I would expect there’s a new round of brutal killings of women and the perpetrators of these to find. There are grizzly details so this is not for th
Dec 05, 2015 Gary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Reckoning is the 2nd book in the Maeve Kerrigan series by Jane Casey though it is actually the third book I have read due to previously reading one out of order. I enjoy this series and this book but thought its strength was more in the attempt to add meat to the bones of the characters than a one off novel.

In this book Maeve is searching for a killer who is targeting paedophiles and torturing them. Like a lot of good thrillers all is not as it seems and all becomes clear around halfway thro
Rob Kitchin
Aug 24, 2013 Rob Kitchin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found The Reckoning to be somewhat of a curious read. At one level, I thoroughly enjoyed the story. The writing was engaging, the procedural elements are well done, there’s a nice mix of characters, and the plot has a nice puzzle. The twist halfway through was well executed and worked to elevate the plot above usual police procedural fare. That said, the story was a little uneven in pacing, was a little clichéd in terms of character traits (the world weary superintendent, over-bearing, misogyn ...more
Sep 05, 2014 Hallie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 again, although things are already starting to blur slightly between the two books, which I read back to back.

The description on this one is quite misleading, as "the public" hardly gets the chance to consider the killer a hero at all. Very grim killings, and Maeve struggles hard with her new "partner"/superior and his attitudes towards her (in particular, and everyone in general) and his moods and his behaviour. She's also struggling with her personal life, having moved into the latest of a
Sep 15, 2015 Jaclyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll be honest, I was pretty ambivalent towards the first book in this series, The Burning. However, I was desperate for a new audiobook on my drive to work, and so I found myself engrossed in a mystery that otherwise I would not have picked up.

In this second book in Casey's Maeve Kerrigan series Maeve's personal life isn't the best, she's moved into the latest of bad apartments, and she's got a new superior who really rubs her the wrong way. On top of that, someone's targeting and torturing kno
Jul 16, 2013 Bonnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Reckoning is Janie Casey's second crime novel starring Maeve Kerrigan as Detective Constable of the London Police force. Someone is targeting registered pedophiles and the violence is escalating and even the police don't regard the murders as a priority. Maeve is shocked by the violence inflicted during these kills – the victims were made to suffer.

On the personal side, she and Rob are realizing how much they care about each other, although dating a co-worker is frowned upon. Maeve is paire
Nov 26, 2013 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paedophiles are being tortured and murdered in London. In the second instalment of the Maeve Corrigan series, Maeve is assigned to the team hunting the paedophile killer. A case of a missing girl, Cheyenne becomes linked to the killings. We follow Maeve and her colleagues as they investigate.

One again, Jane Casey has crafted a brilliant and exciting well paced story. I love this series because it feels realistic and British in tone. Maeve is a fantastic character and she just gets better with ea
Aug 10, 2012 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have become a serious fan of Jane Casey and her Maeve Kerrigan police procedural series.

Maeve is 28, and a Detective Constable for the London Police Murder Squad. She adores her boss, Superintendent Charles Godley, but he pairs her with a brash newcomer to the squad, Josh Derwent, insensitive and sexist. In fact, this is how most of the squad fellows are except for Rob Langton, with whom Maeve has been having a surreptitious on-and-off relationship. Members of the same squad shouldn’t date, an
Apr 21, 2012 Patty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Reckoning
Jane Casey

My Speedy Summary...

Maeve, a detective, is involved in finding out who is meticulously murdering some of London's pedophiles... among other crimes.

My Thoughts...

I found this to be a riveting detective story with tons of dysfunctional characters...this included some of the good guys, too. I read this as a stand alone but I truly wish I would have read the first book in this series...The Burning. The central character, Maeve Kerrigan, a detective, was damaged in a way that
It's a satisfying feeling - for me at least - to find an author who combines a good story, good characters AND good writing. It shouldn't be hard to find that combination, but it really is. This is the second book I've read in this series featuring a young and strong heroine, Maeve Kerrigan, a Detective Constable who is part of an elite murder squad in London. This is the second in the series. Maeve has been paired with a difficult partner and superior, Josh Derwent, who derides her and too ofte ...more
What an exciting sequel! Finding a new mystery series is always exciting - especially when an anticipated sequel ends up being stronger than the first book! The criminals in the second Maeve Kerrigan book are truly depraved, and the plot twists and turns in some very surprising ways! Casey’s characters remain strong, and fully developed. And not at all static - I think I anxiously flipped pages partly for the plot itself and partly just to see the relationship between Maeve and Rob! Some new cha ...more
Casey is definitely getting better as she goes along. #1 (The Missing) was truly dreadful. #2 (The Burning) was pretty good. And this is much better. The dialogue is still a little trying/unbelievable at times, but the doers were not as obvious this time around. My only real complaint: it's great to have a strong, young female detective as the protagonist, but when she is also the target of violence and stalking and harassment, some of which have nothing to do with her job (and none of the other ...more
Linda  Branham Greenwell
'The Reckoning' is written from the perspective of Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan, familiar to readers of Jane Casey's previous novel, 'The Burning.' She has recovered from the events in the Burning, and is working with her same team except with three new officers and a new partner for Maeve, the abrasive DI Josh Derwent. There's something very real about the relationships that form and the way the officers work together, and I found myself thoroughly believing as the story progressed.

The pr
Jan 14, 2015 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Early in 2014, I received an egalley from NetGalley of The Burning by Jane Casey. It was an excellent police procedural, the first in a series featuring Maeve Kerrigan.

The Reckoning is the second book in the series. This time, Maeve is partnered with the brash (and completely politically incorrect) detective Josh Derwent. The case they are investigating involves the gruesome murders of three sex offenders, and Derwent does all he can to make things uncomfortable for Maeve.

The characters are wel
Jennifer Thomson
Oct 09, 2011 Jennifer Thomson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jane Casey's debut novel The Missing, was a gripping standalone read that never flagged. In a similar way to the TV show of the same name, it took us into the nightmare world of the family left behind when a child goes missing.

Her second book The Burning (although a more standard cops try and catch the bad guys read) was almost as gripping and introduced us to the character of DC Maeve Kerrigan, a tough Irish lass who wouldn't be out of place in a Marian Keyes novel - and I mean that as a compl
Mike Gabor
May 29, 2012 Mike Gabor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-mystery
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

I'm a big reader of british mysteries and I will be sure to add Jane Casey to my list of must-reads.

The plot in this book revolves around a young girl who goes missing. This young girl isn't anyone ordinary though. Her father is a violent mobster who begins to search for his daughter by systematically torturing and killing sex offenders.

DC Maeve Kerrigan is assigned to the case and she proves to be a very likable character. She shows a great deal of empat
Kathleen Hagen
The Reckoning, by Jane Casey, b-plus, Narrated by Sarah Coones, Produced by Brilliance Audio,Downloaded from

The second book about Maeve, the District Constable fighting crime. In this one, she’s been assigned to a new guy who is a veteran of police procedure from another district. Maeve knows right away that this is a man who doesn’t like to work with women. He tells Maeve that he’ll do the work and the thinking and she should stay out of his way and stand around looking pretty. Th
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
The second of the D.I. Maeve Kerrigan stories and another enjoyable book from Jane Casey. There is quite a lot happening here, just when you think it's over, although it's clearly not, due to the number of pages left in the book, it continues to hold your interest and holds its pace and intrigue to the end. The story is about a killer/killers (the police can't be sure if there is more than one involved), are targeting paedophiles and torturing them to death. They can't make sense about how the k ...more
Apr 15, 2012 J.R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
When the young daughter of a mobster goes missing you know there’s going to be trouble.

Cheyenne Skinner is only 14 but appears and acts older and is accustomed to getting her own way. She’s also the only child of John Skinner. When it appears Cheyenne has been taken by a sexual predator, her father launches a vigilante offense.

Violence quickly escalates to murder and tension increases as Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan and her team discover Cheyenne isn’t the only female missing.

Kerrigan migh
Cleo Bannister
Aug 17, 2013 Cleo Bannister rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, mystery
Amazon had The Burning on my recommended list so when this was offered by Amazon Vine I decided to give it a go. I am so pleased I did as it is well written, has good characters and an interesting premise for a crime novel.

When two paedophiles are found dead having clearly been tortured, the police investigate with varying amounts of interest. When a notorious crime boss notifies police that his 14 year old daughter is missing urgent action is required. This is a thrilling book and although ther
G.H. Monroe
Jan 09, 2014 G.H. Monroe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the second in a series of books centered around a Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan of the London Police Department. It is rare, in my experience for books in a series to get better, but I enjoyed this book even more than I enjoyed the first book in the series (The Burning). In this book, Maeve and the rest of the team are trying to solve the cases of several pedophiles who have been brutally tortured and killed. These cases lead to another and the clock begins to tick. The lifeblo ...more
Susan Stonesifer
Oct 09, 2014 Susan Stonesifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can the 2nd be as good? The answer is yes. Jane Casey draws us back into the gritty world of homicide investigation. Tortured unsympathetic victims, a mobster's missing daughter, and a stalker all weave together for a story that will make you want to reread it to catch all of the clues.
Aug 20, 2015 Carly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
I don't know. Pretty standard stuff. No huge surprise twists nor breathtaking writing. 2.5 stars is probably more accurate. I just feel like I have to keep reading this series, though, because I love police procedurals with women detectives! Not bad, not great. Like a later-series episode of Law & Order: SVU, once Stabler left. Could be better, could be worse.
Sid Nuncius
Mar 15, 2016 Sid Nuncius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book very much. Jane Casey writes very well and is creating what I think will be an enduring series of books starring her heroine PC Maeve Kerrigan.

Here, Kerrigan is part pf a team hunting a serial killer, which is by now a rather tired idea, but Casey's plot takes a couple of unexpected and interesting turns and it felt refreshingly original in places. It's all reasonably plausible, the plot hangs together well and the motives of the various criminals seem believable. Kerrigan is
I thought the character was great. The story was different than many detective novels since the protagonist is a woman police officer. It isn't full of drinking and foul language and the main character does regret her night of drunkenness. The sexuality is mostly behind closed doors. There are mentions of some of the brutal things that happen to the victims but it isn't written in an 'up close and personal' style. I have a good enough imagination and I think that standing back from the horror gi ...more
Aug 13, 2014 Meera rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this Maeve Kerrigan thriller although I've read the books in slightly the wrong order so I knew what was coming in some parts. It's a gritty police procedural set in a part of South London I know well - a serial killer is hunting down paedophiles in a small area of Brixton, and Maeve is put on the case. The public and many of her fellow police officers don't feel much sympathy for the victims, but Maeve is empathetic and determined to catch the killer. However, halfway through the book ...more
Ingrid Fasquelle
Nov 30, 2014 Ingrid Fasquelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jane Casey est née et a grandi à Dublin. Après avoir étudié la littérature anglaise à l'université d'Oxford, elle est devenue éditrice de livres pour enfants. Elle vit désormais à Londres avec son mari, un avocat spécialisé dans les affaires criminelles.

Son premier roman, Ceux qui restent, a gagné le prix du meilleur premier roman aux Crimezone Thriller Awards en 2011 et a été sélectionné pour le prix du meilleur polar des Irish Book Awards 2010. Par le feu, qui inaugure la série des enquêtes de
Jun 28, 2014 Ingo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not totally 5 stars, the ending was too neat in the romance department.
Great police-procedural and up until near the ending I really like Meave as a strong female botching her relationships and keeping alone some of the time. Bad idea for keeping me interested to end it this way.
Quite a few twist as the different stories meander together. Torture, pedophiles, not one but two insider-informants, and everything in the UK, not USA, great language, a few new words I had to look up, even then the mea
SIMON Karine
Sep 18, 2014 SIMON Karine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J’ai découvert il y a peu, un premier roman de l’auteur mettant en lumière le Lieutenant Maeve Kerrigan, j’avais beaucoup aimé, et j’avais donc hâte de me replonger dans ses aventures. C’est chose faite, avec Dernier Jugement.

On y retrouve les ingrédients qui avaient fait la réussite du premier tome. Maeve se retrouve chargée d’une enquête sur un meurtrier en série. Mais elle doit travailler en duo avec son nouveau supérieur, un homme qui s’il parait plus sympathique que son prédécesseur (en mêm
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She studied English at Jesus College, Oxford, followed by an mPhil in Anglo-Irish Literature at Trinity College, Dublin
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