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Binary Witness

(The Amy Lane Mysteries #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  163 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Police detectives rely on Amy Lane to track the digital debris of their most elusive criminals—when she’s not in the throes of a panic attack. After two students disappear in Cardiff , Amy uncovers photographic evidence that they’ve been murdered. From the safety of her computer, she looks through the city’s digital eyes to trace the steps of a killer.

Amy’s investigation r
Published May 5th 2014 by Carina Press
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I picked this up when the series was offered free on Amazon. Thanks to whoever posted about it.

Claverton writes a woman who has issues but is strong quite well. She is a shut-in with a mysterious past. Jason is hired to clean her house.

It's really dirty.

But she has a couple friends, so while Jason is a bit different, he also isn't totally unique.

The book was quite a nice gripping read.
Joanna Park
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Binary witness is the start of a great new crime series that I’m excited to read more of.

Firstly I loved the partnership that develops between Amy and Jason.  They are a great team, each feeding off one another and complimenting each other.  It was great that both of them were able to help each other navigate through the new world they find themselves in, Jason who is finding his feet after being in prison and Amy who hasn’t been outside for years following a traumatic event.  It wasn’t a normal
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
[11/30/18 - Finished listening to the audiobook. Short review: The narrator's voice for Jason didn't always work for me, and she occasionally spoke too softly for me to easily hear. Still, I mostly liked this audiobook. It reminded me how much I like the Amy and Jason partnership.]

[11/25/18 - This is an old review I'm just now adding to Goodreads because I'm currently listening to the audiobook.]

I'm kicking myself for not reviewing this weeks ago, when my memories were fresher. Oh well, I'll do
Aug 30, 2014 rated it liked it
I was a bit disappointed with this one, but found it wildly uneven, so the mid-rating is kind of a sum of highs and lows. The sections from Jason's POV read as so much more assured and solidly-characterised than those from Amy's that it almost felt like two different books at times. As it's "supposed" to be the Amy Lane Mysteries, I puzzled a bit over why her sections felt less fleshed-out. Possibly it's because the author went a bit too far (for my taste) in withholding back-story to dole it ou ...more
Tracey Walsh
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
This first book in the Amy Lane series kept my attention and kept me guessing throughout.
"Police detectives rely on Amy Lane to track the digital debris of their most elusive criminals—when she’s not in the throes of a panic attack...From the safety of her computer, she looks through the city’s digital eyes to trace the steps of a killer."
I thoroughly enjoyed Binary Witness and felt as though I'd known the characters for ages because they were so well described. I particularly appreciated that t
Cathy Ryan
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Binary Witness is a crime thriller with a difference. There are two main protagonists. Jason Carr is an ex-con trying to make a new start. His employment prospects are fairly limited so he accepts a job with a cleaning company, which is how he meets Amy Lane. Amy is an agoraphobic grey-hat hacker at the mercy of fears, anxieties and bouts of depression, whose incredible computer skills brought her to the attention of the Cardiff police. She codes mostly for fun, sometimes for profit and has assi ...more
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Binary Witness is a different type of crime novel. Police officers do feature, and they are looking for a serial killer but the people they get the most help from are not the police. Amy is an agoraphobic computer whizz who lives in squalor and forgets to eat. Jason is an ex-convict who gets a job as her cleaner/ housekeeper/cook. She also uses him to do the stuff that she can’t,which is basically anything that involves being outside or having any contact with people she doesn’t know. They have
Hannah (jellicoereads)
Okay, so let me introduce you to the underrated Amy Lane series by Rosie Claverton! It was a Kindle Deal a few months ago, and someone on my Twitter whose tastes I trust highly recommended it. I one-clicked, and was so glad I did.

The principle characters are an agoraphobic hacker, the aforementioned Amy, as well as Jason, a former convict, who is employed to clean Amy's house in his first post-jail job. Yeah, I like this rather unique set-up.

The author is a mental health professional, so I trus
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In Binary Witness, Rosie Claverton teams up the severely anxious and agoraphobic Amy Lane with streetwise ex-convict Jason Carr, who work together to solve the mystery of a serial killer stalking the Cardiff streets.

First and foremost, Binary Witness is a crime novel, and bears all the hallmarks of such. Full of suspense and intrigue, it does not take long at all for this book to dig its claws into you and become utterly impossible to put down. And, whilst it is most definitely part of the crime
Lynn Spencer
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've been laid up with a back injury, something that's doing wonders for my reading. This book wasn't perfect but it was good enough that I promptly downloaded and started reading the sequel.

The story has an interesting premise. Amy Lane, the heroine, is deeply agoraphobic and hasn't left home in 10 years. Her sidekick, Jason Carr, has recently come out of prison and has secured a job as a cleaner. His assignment to Amy's flat draws him into her unsettling world.

Even though Amy can't care for h
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I bought this book in 2014 after seeing a review on Tracey Book Lover's blog and it has been sat on my Kindle since (like a lot of stuff). I was looking for something gritty to read over the Christmas break and opened this up to have a look, before I realised I was about a third of the way through.

From the opening chapter we're straight into the action, no mincing about, which is great for a cat and mouse crime thriller.

I liked both Amy and Jason's characters and their developing professional re
Lisbeth Davies
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Nancy
Shelves: favourites
Summary: Five stars and a new shelf called "Favourites"

If you loved the first series of Sherlock (the one with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman) then you'll love this. Oh yes, it's that good.

I enjoyed this book from page 1; by page 3 I knew I'd have to buy book #2 and by page 10 I was completely hooked, a fan of however many in the series we're lucky enough to get from Rosie Claverton.

Why? Isn't it just another crime thriller? Well yes but what sets it apart I think is (a) the warmth betw
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Improbable plot, but enjoyed the Cardiff setting.
Karen Cole
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Binary Witness introduces a new crime fighting partnership, one that is refreshingly different and I believe has the potential to form a long running series. Although the series takes just Amy Lane's name, Jason Carr is equally important to the drama. He is newly released from prison and realising that his job prospects are limited, accepts a position with a cleaning company. His new role introduces him to Amy, an agoraphobic hacker who lives in squalor and loses hours to the screen and keyboard ...more
Cheryl M-M
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The relationship between Amy and Jason develops gradually, a mutual feeling of disinterest is taken over by a genuine emotional bond. Two people who don’t fit into the stereotypical boxes determined by society. Jason, the ex-con trying to stay out of prison, but finding it difficult to move on from his past and the pre-conceived notions people have about him. Then there is Amy, the agoraphobic grey-hat hacker, who is ruled by her fears and anxiety.

What starts out as a simple two hour a day clean
Laura Rueckert
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Binary Witness! I loved following Jason and Amy in their adventures and in getting to know and trust each other. I'd never read anything set in Cardiff before, so I also liked that. I know the author is a psychiatrist, and it was nice to be sure the portrayals of mental illness were sound. I also thought I'd figured out who the bad guy was toward the end...I was wrong! Based on this book, I can tell Amy has some more surprises in store, so I'm looking forward to the sequel. ...more
Gillian Heath
Not sure if I’ve read the same book as other reviewers but this was totally underwhelming. It’s so badly written I could hardly push myself to finish it. I found myself wanting to rewrite whole chunks of the book. I did read it as it was a book club read - improbable and just not readable. I won’t be looking to read any more titles. The redeeming factor was the Cardiff setting which I did enjoy due to personal knowledge of Cardiff and other Welsh settings and phrases.
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was fun. Excellent narration, interesting characters and relationships, and a decent mystery plot (although I did figure out the killer before any of the characters did...). I'm curious to know more about Amy's backstory and her family, and presuming that will come in the next books in the series, which I'll definitely be picking up. ...more
Ellen White
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An unusual team, both have a past,,his was behind bars, hers not going outside. Jason comes to clean, needs to be everyday, even what she wore, and hair was greasy. The young policemen who came the envelopes what does she do. Intriguing as though you are behind the crime scene of how she looks at pictures, giving them the answers. Good team, and the plot flowed
Candy Denman
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First in the Any Lane series set in Cardiff, this book introduces us to the hacker and her assistant, ex-con Jason. You will grow to love these characters in this book and want to know more about them, I certainly did. I was worried that the computer stuff would slow things down but it works really well and even I understood it!
Saeida Rouass
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this...exactly what I need for a relaxed weekend. Kept me interested the whole time and the vulnerability of the main characters made them very likeable.
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: geeks-and-nerds
Zoomed right through this new (to me) author. The tone reminded me of the Cormoran Strike books, but a little breezier, and it definitely kept my attention.
Angela Harding
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a great read. So different to the usual soft-crime I listen to you. Not gruesome but lots of depth and intellect behind it. Will be reading the next in the series!
Bree T
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Jason is fresh out of jail and looking for work. There isn’t much around but they send him to do some cleaning and the first apartment, it takes him several minutes just to get in the door. The occupant is Amy Lane, an ‘eye in the sky’ who uses computer skills to help the local police solve crimes. There’s not much she can’t do but Amy hasn’t been outside in years and can barely take care of herself. Jason is appalled by the state of her apartment and gets stuck into not just cleaning but also h ...more
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
BINARY WITNESS is the first book in the Amy Lane mystery series. Amy is an agoraphobe and a hacker genius who assists the police in Cardiff, England with their tough cases. Jason Carr is an ex-con who has found a job at a cleaning service. This is how he meets Amy as her sister has hired the cleaning service on her behalf. Amy’s investigating a serial murder case for the police - Detectives Bryn and Owain, who have used Amy’s talents many times before. Jason is intrigued by Amy’s work, but Amy i ...more
Sep 10, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Amy wasn't interested in anything unless it had committed a crime or had a keyboard.
Amusing. But that slowly changed when ex-con Jason, wearing a lilac (not pink) shirt, turned up at her door, unknowingly about to face the appalling state of Amy's domain and become her manservant. :)) The cleaner-turned-keeper Jason was charming and grounded; the recluse hacker Amy was insightful but a mystery. I didn't know where the affection came from, but I thought it was endearing how they lear
Binary Witness is a breathe of fresh air for me. I have been in a cycle of just OK books. This one had me on go from the first chapters. Both main characters, Amy and Jason, are complex, flawed, engaging and damaged. The story is told from the POV from different characters in the book: Amy, Jason, Bryn (police detective), the victims, and the killer. I really liked this. This gave us insight to each character. The reader is able to get into the head of each character and see different details th ...more
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, mystery
I picked this up when Carina Press was having a sale on some of their mysteries and I'm very glad I did. There were very interesting main characters & mystery. I'm looking forward to the next one. I loved that the smart but troubled character is a woman this time. That's usually the domain of House & Holmes or other men. Jason strikes me as a realistic ex-con. A young man with too much time and no real future who makes bad decisions. He's neither wrongly accused nor a violent person with no rede ...more
I loved this. It wasn't what I was expecting but it was good. The mystery was really good and I didn't see that ending coming at all. I enjoyed how Amy and Jason work together. I did find though that their relationship was a bit flat at times - mainly because they don't really talk. They don't really know anything about each other - that was a bit annoying. I kind of wanted them to sit down and discuss something, anything, just talk. Still, it was riveting and I can't wait to read more of the se ...more
Sep 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Karen by: Tamara Morgan
I'm not a big fan of mysteries or thrillers, & TBH I skipped over most of the serial killer pov, but I adored the characters and the interactions between Amy, Jason and the police and the crime solving.

It's such a different kind of setup from most crime novels and it was a lot of fun.

Can't wait to read the next one but my little romance lovin heart is still hoping for a little development in that department for Jason and Amy :-)
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Rosie Claverton grew up in Devon, daughter to a Sri Lankan father and a Norfolk mother, surrounded by folk mythology and surly sheep. She moved to Cardiff to study Medicine and adopted Wales as her home.

Her crime series The Amy Lane Mysteries debuted in 2014, about an agoraphobic hacker and streetwise ex-con who fight crime in Cardiff.

Between writing and medicine, she advocates for accurate and

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