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The Reckoning

(Maeve Kerrigan #2)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  4,135 ratings  ·  353 reviews
The Reckoning sees Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan hunting the killer who tortured two paedophiles to death.

To the public, a killer who targets paedophiles is a hero. And even the police don't regard the murders as a priority. Maeve Kerrigan is shocked by the violence inflicted during these kills – the victims were made to suffer. She believes no-one should be allowed
Paperback, 373 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Ebury, 2011
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Dec 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Pedophiles are being murdered and Maeve Kerrigan and her partner, Detective Josh Derwent, are called in to investigate. Shocked at the violence of the killings, Maeve throws herself into the investigation only to find out halfway through that there is more going on than meets the eye.

I first became introduced to Jane Casey and her character, Maeve Kerrigan when I read Let the Dead Speak (which I loved!). I knew one day, I would go back and read some of the earlier books. It is always interesting
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Reckoning is the second book in the Maeve Kerrigan series and though not quite as good a read as the debut, still an interesting read nonetheless.

This time paeodophiles are being brutally murdered and no obvious reasoning is forthcoming. Kerrigan and the team are put onto the case and soon enough the bodies start piling up. About halfway through the book the storyline takes on a different turn sending the whole thing into a different direction. It was cleverly done and not an obvious route
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

This is my second read of the series. These are nuanced, deeply realistic feeling books on many levels—psychological, relationships, procedural, professional.

The complexity of this novel unfolds and unfolds with a moderate, persistent pace. There’s lots here to hold your attention, curiosity, and problem-solving mystery-reading brain. But it never feels overly complicated or confusing. There’s a Goldilocks quality to the writing that’s hard to pinpoint.

The crime aftermaths,
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 30, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Rob Kitchin
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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, ...more
Oct 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2019

To be honest I don’t remember the first book, the only thing I remember for sure is the main character’s name and that there, possibly, were some burnt bodies.

At first it was difficult to get back to a world I don’t remember with characters I had forgotten, so I got to meet them all over again. This is not the usual mystery story as it concentrates more on Maeve’s life and how she deals with police stuff than with the mystery of the murders although that too is present. It’s not something I
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Liz Barnsley
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rereading. Loved it again and it developed into one of my favourite series, still going strong.

First time Derwent was a revelation. I love that character so much.

ANYWAY these are brilliant. Police procedural/psychological thriller hybrids always beautifully written and plotted. If you've not read them yet I'd recommend starting if you are a crime fan.
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another strong entry in the Maeve Kerrigan series. In this book, Maeve gets an extremely abrasive new partner/supervisor, and a female colleague/friend, which is great because Maeve was almost on her own as a female in the police department in the last book.
The plot is a bit scattered. We get a prologue that gets left a bit too long before being pulled back into the story. The bad guys are thoroughly creepy, though, and Casey can write a good action scene as well as a good interrogation scene.
Jul 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Aug 06, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
My first experience of anything by Jane Casey, although I had heard good things from my Bookstagram friends. It was a great read. A genuinely dark crime thriller that tackles some really complex judicial + social issues head on; making you reflect upon your beliefs + moral alignment. As the book gathers pace, these issues are completely overshadowed by how the story develops; we're thrown into something that is very much universally disgusting, horrific and tragic.

Wow that was a bit of a deep
Sep 19, 2019 marked it as couldnt-get-into
In the first six pages the narrator mentioned twice how beautiful she is--and so, so smart, but no one sees her brilliance because she's just too damned beautiful. By page 50, she had repeated both of these claims countless times but she hadn't said, thought, or done anything that showed her to be above average intelligence, so I guess this is an unreliable narrator cop series? Or just bad writing, one or the other. At any rate, I had no interest in reading to page 51.
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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,
Aug 04, 2012 rated it liked it
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 ...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.

Cleopatra  Pullen
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for well-developed characters, believable situations, and lots of tension, you've found your author. I'read all three books writting by Jane Casey, and can't wait for the next one. Set in London, it follows the professional life of an Irish detective raised in England. It feels like you stepped into the murder squadroom and have become a part of the action.
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Hmm. I enjoyed reading the next Maeve Kerrigan installment, but this time she kinda annoyed me with her repeated insecurities and constant observations of what everyone else expects from her (or what she suspects them to) and her trying to "do the right thing" and "offer unwanted sacrifices" against all reason. Let's see if she grows out of it in the next book. Starting it now :)
Aug 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Took me a while to get going with this but once i did i enjoyed it. Have to say though that the two 'Rob' chapters seemed pointless.
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Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-read
The Reckoning is the second book featuring Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan by Jane Casey. Kerrigan is a London police detective investigating major crimes like murder, kidnapping and violent assault.

Maeve is one of the few women on the force.
She is paired this time with DI Josh Derwent, a super macho detective who has a mysteriously long history with her boss, DCI Godley. The case that they are looking into in The Reckoning involves the brutal murder of three men who “have form” for
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I’d give the first half of this 2 stars and the second half 4, so we’ll call it 3.

I was so bored for the first half of the book. The first person POV didn’t work for me (Maeve just isn’t super complex or interesting ), and the actually mystery was just laid out so there wasn’t much for me to figure out.

BUT THE TWIST in the middle of the book really helped. Things got kind of insane and convoluted and then I found myself really invested and wanting to know WTF was going on.

A lot of the
Gayle Noble
Maeve Kerrigan returns in a case that starts off with paedophiles being tortured and murdered and ends with an even more twisted tale of kidnapping and imprisonment of young women. Despite this, parts of the book dragged a little and at times the most interesting part was the on/off relationship between Kerrigan and Rob Langton. There were a couple of new characters, most notably DI Josh Derwent who obviously graduated from the Gene Hunt School of Charm and Policing. Overall I'd give this one ...more
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book #2 in the DC Maeve Kerrigan series sees Maeve's plate full with a series of murders of pedophiles. This case is just the tip of the iceberg and events will take a different turn. There were a few things that felt rather clumsy, but it would be spoilery to share so I won't. I also could have done without the relationship angst, bear in mind I have low tolerance for this and other readers won't be bothered. Overall, this was still a sharp police procedural and I look forward to reading Book ...more
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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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