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The Dangerous Kind

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  256 ratings  ·  128 reviews
What if the people we trust are the ones we should fear? The breakout thriller of 2019 that will make you second-guess everyone you meet.

We all know them. Those who exist just on the fringes of society. Who send prickles up the back of our neck. The charmers. The liars. The manipulators. Those who have the potential to go that one step too far. And then take another step.

Hardcover, 448 pages
Published May 16th 2019 by Zaffre
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Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Deborah O'Connor has written what is one of the stand out crime fiction reads of the year so far and that is absolutely no exaggeration. Set in London, it is melancholic, dripping with atmosphere, utilising some of the darkest aspects of our contemporary world, such as child abuse and grooming, paedophile rings, the abuse and exploitation of young vulnerable girls in care, desperate for any sign of love and affection, and the brutal horrors of domestic violence. A 52 year old menopausal Jessamin ...more
Miriam Smith
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
“The Dangerous Kind” written by Deborah O’Connor is billed as ‘The Thriller of the Year’ and I can certainly agree with that bold statement. Having just finished reading it and being thoroughly entertained, I can wholeheartedly say that this book really made an impact on me and is without doubt in contention for my thriller of the year!
It was a little confusing at the beginning as to who all the characters were, as each chapter is told either through present day Jessamine, Sarah and Jidesh or Ro
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Dangerous Kind by Deborah O'Connor is a thriller that kept me engaged.
Jessamine is a reporter and a radio presenter who is approach by a woman asking her to look into the disappearance of her friend.
Cassie is a young girl living in care that gets in with the wrong sort of people.
A story of abuse, lies and manipulation.
Thank you to NetGalley and Bonnier Zaffre for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Liz Barnsley
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Dangerous Kind takes place over one stark winter and is a cautionary tale of our time. Wonderful plotting with a dark dark story, this is a slow burner of a literary delight that builds inexorably towards a brilliant conclusion.
A scarily realistic premise keeps you hooked throughout, Jessamy is a clever, intelligent protagonist and the layers of story concerning the hidden manipulators within our world are fascinatingly disturbing.
The Dangerous Kind is a different perspective on a psychologi
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it

Got to say first of all that the write up for the book and the title are only a minute part of the book!, the blurb promises a book on the ‘ 1 in a 100’ that the police/govt consider could carry out a serious crime but as yet haven’t, this to me was fascinating but unless I totally missed it after the first few chapters this is never mentioned again, which is odd, anyway...
The actual story is in fact very current and covers Jessamine Gooch ( yep ) a BBC radio journalist who uncovers, via various
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is a flood of thrillers on the market at present but rarely do they have such a well constructed, compulsive story that is fused with allegory, which will make you question those around you; this does so with stunning precision and acute observation of humankind good and bad. Main character Jessamine is an observer of human behaviour and presenter of a radio series on Potentially Dangerous Persons which is a strategy that utilises hindsight to identify early signs of an individual's crimin ...more
Ruthy lavin
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good read!
I enjoyed this crime thriller, very kindly lent to me by netgalley.
A good storyline, likeable characters, and a satisfying conclusive ending.
Worthy of 4 stars.
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If I had to describe The Dangerous Kind in three words they would be harrowing, disturbing and frightening in more or less equal measures. It’s pretty much what I would expect from a thriller set in today’s modern society. But wow, what stunning, well-thought-out masterpiece!

After having read The Dangerous Kind, I feel that I am completely indebted to Deborah O’Connor! This book has all the components that make a really fantastic story: from the mood and undercurrents to the very clever writing
Joanne Robertson
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Dangerous Kind starts with an encounter that turns into something more dangerous and then splits into two different timelines. We follow broadcaster Jessamine who is asked to look into the disappearance of a young mother in the present day and then we are thrown back in time to a very dark and unsettling story of abuse. Quite how these two threads are connected takes a while to become clear and there are other twists and turns happening all the while to keep the reader on their toes. What fo ...more
Well this was a vipers nest of discoveries!
There's some twists and then some more twists and then...oh that ending
Was quite dense in parts and uncomfortable too - some part of the plot very reminscient of the recent cases of Rochdale and elsewhere - girls being abused by groups of men
Not a booktrail one as it's vaguely set in London but that's it.
It's really set inside the human psyche and that's the scariest place of all.
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I would like to thank Tracy Fenton for inviting me to be part of this blog tour.

Are you looking for a light and comfortable read?
Better pick something else than The Dangerous Kind.
But if you are ready for a stunning, raw, and relevant tale of monsters living among us, you’ve come to the right place!

Get ready for a dark opening, the door to a haunted house and some of the vilest atrocities.

Jessamine Gooch is a middle-age single mom with a brilliant career as a reporter and a radio show runnin

Kelly Van Damme
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pigeonhole
The Dangerous Kind tells the story of Jessamine and her daughter. Jessie is very inquisitive and she genuinely wants to help people. She works for the BBC as a radio show host, but she also volunteers at a helpline. Her drive to help people in need is so big that she goes above and beyond and even oversteps some boundaries. But trying to help strangers, and trying to figure out what happened to Cassie, she doesn’t notice what’s going on right under her nose with her own daughter. While the reade ...more
Vanessa Schelfhout
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a book, what a story! Loved it from the very start.

If you want to play detective and discover what happened to the missing Cassie Scolari, you should definitely read this book because you’ll love it!

The story switches between events happening in 2002 and the present day. In 2002 we meet Rowena, a teenage girl, and learn what horrible things she has to go through. In the present day we meet Jessamine and Jitesh. Jessamine is a radio host of a long-standing show on people that haven’t commit
Tracy Fenton
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Dangerous Kind is a really well constructed, original and exciting thriller which I was immediately drawn into.  The main character Jessamine was a breath of fresh air, a middle-age single mum, suffering with hot flushes, losing her job as a radio presenter and raising her moody teenage daughter whilst trying to investigate the disappearance of a young mother.

With two time lines The Dangerous Kind covers some tough and very uncomfortable topics (domestic violence, grooming and sexual exploit
Lel Budge
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Firstly, This marvellous book covers the incredibly disturbing and horrific crimes of child sexual exploitation and prostitution and as such can be heartbreaking to read……but Deborah O’Connor’s writing is so compelling you have to keep reading right to it’s heart thumping end…..

So, the story is told in chapters by Jessamine, Rowena and Jitesh……these seem to be totally random and not linked in any way…….but oh my….just wait..!

Rowena is 13, (and in the care system) and her ‘boyfriend’ Sunny says h
Joanna Park
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I have to say I was very impressed. The Dangerous Kind is a heart breaking, thought provoking and gripping read that I just tore through as I couldn’t put it down.

The author manages to use the difficult subject of child abuse with great sensitivity. The abuse isn’t graphically described just to shock the reader and make for uncomfortable reading. Instead it is just used to give the reader an idea of the situation the youngsters find themselves
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is hard for me to review. As, it is a subject The Dangerous Mind by Deborah O’Connor is a great gripping read, with great characters and intriguing plot but with a difficult subject of child grooming and prostitution. But it is also current to what is happening out there now. I found this an easy read and enjoyed reading it, but I was disappointed with the ending as it the story build up so much to have it full flat at the end. 4 stars from me.

Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very full on book. Not at all what I was expecting from the blurb. Not keen on some of the content, but, I appreciate that depravity occurs sadly .

There were lots of twists along the way and a few stories that run well together.
Thanks to Pigeonhole, Deborah O Connor and Bonnier Zaffre for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Jay Dwight
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Uncomfortable subject matter, but a totally engrossing read.

A number of strands to the story that come together in a very clever way in this well-plotted novel.

Jessamine Gooch works on BBC radio doing a show on PDPs - potentially dangerous persons - and we see plenty of the ugly side of people in this one.
Katherine Sunderland
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
This is definitely a high concept novel and even hearing the promotional blurb surrounding O'Connor's novel is enough to send shivers down your spine. Did you know that 1 in 100 people fall into the category 'potentially dangerous'? And by 'potentially dangerous' they mean people very likely to commit a crime. Can you identify these people? Can you tell who, out of the people you surround yourself with and interact with daily, might be a potential danger to yourself or your family?

We all know t
Claire Wilson
Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I wanted to enjoy The Dangerous Kind so much, as I had previously enjoyed Deborah OcConnor's previous work. However, I struggled to get into the story and like any of the characters. Maybe I was having an off day when I was reading it, but it wasnt for me.
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This has got to be one of my top reads of 2019 so far it’s an amazing read and turned out to be much more than just a thriller I was blown away by just how brilliantly written it was. Switching from two separate timelines and told from multiple points of view this is a read that deals with some extremely horrendous and topical subjects such as domestic abuse, child grooming and exploitation but it is done is a very sensitive way and doesn’t go into intricate descriptions where the child abuse is ...more
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: january-tbr
We are initially told of a scene which occurs between two unknown individuals who appear to know one another, their meeting ends in the most shocking way. From that point the storyline had 100% of my attention, I couldn't wait to see where this psychological thriller was going to take me.

The first known character we are introduced is Jessamine, who is a bbc radio show presenter of a segment concerning retrospectively, called 'Potentially Dangerous People' that delves in to the lives of convicted
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a different and interesting take on those people we are often shocked to read about with criminal, dark, secret hobbies. Those who charm, lie, manipulate, cover-up and usually hold power, either as officials or celebrities.
At the center of the story is Jessamine. A journalist with a radio programme. She is approached by a woman asking her to look into the disappearance of her friend, Cassie. Cassie, born Rowena has lived on the streets and engaged with the wrong people who exploited her
Rachel Bridgeman
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
'The Dangerous Kind' refers to the people who hide in plain sight, those who mean us harm and whose patterns, if were able to recognise them, would alert us to the danger they represent.
Jessamine Gooch, ex newspaper journalist turned BBC Radio presenter, is a single parent of a teenage girl who volunteers answering phones at a local women's aid branch.
She presents a programme called 'Potentially Dangerous People', which looks back at historic crimes with the help of invited specialists in an att
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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One of my favourite crime novels of the year so far (and I've read some great books already), The Dangerous Kind managed to be satisfyingly complex, twisty and surprising without letting it 'get too Scooby Doo' (something the author says agent Nicola Barr Warner her against, and which I think sums up what turns me off in a crime novel perfectly!). It has just the right number of 'wow' moments whilst stopping short of being too over the top or unbelievable.

Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Deborah O’Connor focuses on the investigation of the stomach-churning crime of the sexual exploitation of vulnerable children in her latest novel. Linking events in 2002 with the present day, she builds a convincingly complex picture of the ramifications of such abuse on survivors of this crime as disgraced BBC presenter Jessamine Gooch delves into the disappearance of young mother Cassie Scolari, little knowing that, at the same time, Jessamine’s teenage daughter, Sarah, is caught up in an inap ...more
Karen Barber
A clever thriller that quickly drew me in.
Jessie is a presenter for BBC radio, her show focusing on those who’ve been convicted of a crime and looking at what could have been done to prevent their actions. As an ex-journalist she is obsessed with rooting out details and finding out the true story. When she is accosted by a woman on the street desperate for help working out what happened to her missing friend, Cassie, a thrilling sequence of events is set in place.
We shift from Jessie in the pre
Gillian Nolan
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Dangerous Kind by Deborah O’Connor 🖤
Thanks @netgalley @deborahleighoconnor and @bonnierzaffreusa for my ARC Publication date 16th May 2019
‘What if the people we trust are the ones we should fear’?
Wow! This was absolutely amazing. I am aware I say this a lot but this book was impossible to put down! Literally had it in my hand at all times, or I was thinking about it when I couldn’t read it.
This story is just layers u
Nadya Ruskowa
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full review: https://theantagonistdiaries.wordpres...

I loved the book so much, I don’t think there are enough words to explain. I finished it in two sittings and then reread it, but this time slowly, enjoying the style and mystery of the book. I was blown away by how brilliantly written this book is.

The story is told by 4 different points of views. But don’t even consider questioning the skills with which the author makes every voice stand. They are with such different life stories, it makes y
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Deborah O'Connor is a writer and TV producer. Born and bred in the North-East of England, she now lives in London with her husband and daughter.