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Good Friday

(Tennison #3)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  3,453 ratings  ·  227 reviews
BEFORE 'PRIME SUSPECT' THERE WAS TENNISON . Every legend has a beginning . . . During 1974 and 1975 the IRA subjected London to a terrifying bombing campaign. In one day alone, they planted seven bombs at locations across central London. Some were defused - some were not.Jane Tennison is now a fully-fledged detective.

On the way to court one morning, Jane passes through Co
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Published March 22nd 2018 by Bonnier Zaffre (first published August 24th 2017)
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JB not absolutely necessary, but read the first one first, my library had the first and third so that's the order I read them in and I don't think I miss…morenot absolutely necessary, but read the first one first, my library had the first and third so that's the order I read them in and I don't think I missed too much by not reading the second before the third.(less)
Laura I don't believe another in the "young" Jane series has been written yet. The Prime Suspect books are Jane when she is older.…moreI don't believe another in the "young" Jane series has been written yet. The Prime Suspect books are Jane when she is older.(less)
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Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Friday by Lynda la Plante is book 3 in the Tennison series.
It's an easy paced police thriller set in 1976 and is based on the IRA bombings in London.
It starts a little slower than the last 2 books but picks up pretty quickly and contues untill the end.
When reading you have a feeling of nervous energy running through you with a tiny bit of frustration thrown in.
Jane Tennison in this book was made to be a little weaker than normal considering she is trying to find her place in the overly popu

Making her way up the stairs from the tube station, DC Jane Tennison helped a young mother with a stroller. It was mayhem – peak hour and the lifts were out, so people were going up as well as down the stairs. The security guard at the top was struggling to contain the crowd when Jane heard a voice calling to a person that he’d left his bag behind. Jane ran after him to help the old lady but was aggressively brushed aside; her immediate reaction was fear and she began yelling, just as the b
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4.5 stars
I’ve always been curious about bestselling British author Lynda LaPlante’s work. I enjoyed the television series Prime Suspect, based on LaPlante’s books, starring Helen Mirren but until now, I have not delved into her books. A giveaway win of Good Friday, the latest novel by Lynda LaPlante, provided me with the opportunity to experience my first LaPlante novel and now I am quite smitten!

In the year 1976, London is under attack from the IRA. After a
3.5 stars

I cannot think of this character without picturing the inimitable Dame Helen Mirren from BBC’s excellent “Prime Suspect”. But before she became the complex & world weary DCI of that series, she was DC Jane Tennison, a young woman just finding her feet.

London in 1976 is a dangerous place to be a cop. The IRA & its various factions are a constant threat & their bombing campaign has resulted in fear & fatalities. Jane feels like she’s collecting dust at Bow St. & is desperate to handle “re
Liz Barnsley
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is actually the first novel in the early Tennison series I have read. Thoroughly enjoyed it, but I do love this character both in visual and literary format! I love seeing her in the early years, would definitely recommend them. I'm going back to read the previous two as soon as I can.

Full review to follow.
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been meaning to read a Lynda La Plante novel for some tine having always enjoyed her television adaptions such as 'Prime Suspect'. I found this such an easy novel to read with the characters being so familiar to me due to the television production and it made a very good read.

The book is set during Tenyson's early career when the IRA were subjecting London to a terrifying bombing campaign. Jane Tennison while on her way to court one morning is caught up in a bomb blast that leaves several
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve loved my journey into Jane Tennison’s early years. We are now on the third instalment with Good Friday. It is 1975.

The story takes us into the time when London was feeling the effects of the IRA and their bombing campaign. Jane Tennison is still in the police force and has risen to the rank of detective constable. She is determined to be taken seriously and to be put to good use. However Jane is subject to repeated sexual discrimination and has to fight to get anywhere. She wants to work in
Nick Brett
May 04, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Prime Suspect TV series featured a strong plot and that fantastic performance by Helen Mirren to bring the character of Jane Tennison to life. These books feature the young Tennison and are the polar opposite to the TV series in that they are poorly written, long winded and with awful dialogue and characterisation. “I’m very sorry, but I am a detective with the Metropolitan Police and I would like you to take my enquiry seriously” is a typical example of how Jane (a 26 year old detective) ta ...more
Terence M
Review to follow. 3.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ My final written review will determine rounding down or up 🤩. However, atm I have some ‘extension of credibility’ issues and concern about possible padding out of the story. EG, why was the flatmate introduced and what purpose did this character serve?

However, enjoyed the read and will move on to #4 in the near future. Narration was very good and the story flowed well towards the easily predictable ending.
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Massive Belly Flop

I don't even know where to begin with this car crash.

I've never read a Tennison book before and after this instalment I don't feel like I've missed out. This works as a stand alone book but then I don't think I enjoyed it as a stand alone book either. The good reviews so far seem to be mostly fans of this series already. I haven't read or watched any of the series so far and I can firmly say after reading Good Friday I definitely don't want to again.

Firstly the writing is app
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, now I have to hold up my hands and admit that I've not read a book by Lynda La Plante before. I know, where on earth have I been?

What really attracted me to Good Friday was the era. This is a 'Jane Tennison' thriller; before 'Prime Suspect', and set in the 1970s when Jane is a rookie cop, just starting out in her police career. I figured that if I got to know something about the early years, then it would be easier for me to go on and read the Prime Suspect books.

I read Good Friday whilst we
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lynda La Plante’s Tennison was one of my favourite books when released in 2015. It’s basically the backstory of Jane Tennison – the ‘take no prisoners’ senior detective / chief inspector whatzit from her popular Prime Suspect books and the (equally popular) TV series based on those books (starring Helen Mirren).

Set in the early 1970s, Tennison, Hidden Killers, and now Good Friday, focus around the early years of Jane… after she first joins the police force. Obviously the sexist attitudes and pre
Cleopatra  Pullen
By the time this, the third in the prequels to the Jane Tennsion series, opens Jane is now a Detective working out of Bow Street in London. She’s feeling a little frustrated at being given the lowly jobs and seeking a way to find a route to a more exciting future. She’s still young, still very much trying to break free from her parent’s expectations but old enough to be tiring of life in the Section house. One morning after she’s climbed up the steps at Covent Garden Station she sees a woman sho ...more
David Highton
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third in the Tennison police series, following the early career of the character made famous in the TV series Prime Suspect in the early 1990s. A gripping read although the ending was a little predictable.
Sharah McConville
Another great installment in the Tennison Series. Thanks to Allen & Unwin for my ARC.
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Rating 3.5*



Good Friday is the third book in Lynda La Plante's Tennison series, taking us back to 1976 when Jane Tennison had just graduated as a detective and the IRA are involved in a deadly bombing campaign in London.

Read on for my thoughts…

Many of us have seen the fabulous actress Helen Mirren star in the ITV drama, Prime Suspect, as she portrayed DCI/DS Jane Tennison. In this series we witness the rise of Tennison in
Heather Fineisen
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1970's Jane Tennison is still somewhat innocent and naive. She wants to move up quickly so she joins a squad of unique officers who run the pickpockets unit. She gets caught up in the aftermath of an IRA bomb and things pick up from there. Sleepers, vice squad, prostitution are just some of the troubled topics that find Jane. Will she come out with her career unscathed or with her life for that matter. A perfect cinematic ending to an action packed procedural.

Copy provided by the Publisher and N
James Fitzgerald
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Lynda La Plante novel that will keep you interested throughout the story. Her books are like watching a movie with likeable characters and a good mystery. Jane Tennison is in a tube station when someone shouts" You forgot your Bag". In London during the 70s it is the work of the IRA. THE explosion causes deaths and injuries. Jane catches a glimpse of the man who left the bag..Jane helps with the rescue efforts and soon is caught up in the middle of the investigation. be sure to pick up a ...more
Jane Tennison is now a fully-fledged detective. On the way to court one morning, Jane passes through Covent Garden Underground station and is caught up in a bomb blast that leaves several people dead, and many horribly injured. Jane is a key witness, but is adamant that she can't identify the bomber. When a photograph appears in the newspapers, showing Jane assisting the injured at the scene, it puts her and her family at risk from IRA retaliation.

'Good Friday' is the date of the annual formal C
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Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Good Friday” by Linda La Plante takes place in March 1976, a time when the Irish Republican Army subjected London to a terrifying bombing campaign.

Jane Tennison completed her CID course and was anxious to put her skills to work. Unfortunately, in 1976, roles for women in police-work were very different, and police regulations included obtaining permission to live anywhere except in the section house, having roommates and neighbors checked for criminal records, and even requesting permission to
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Thank you NetGalley and the Publisher for allowing me to read and review this book)
Good Friday by author Lynda La Plante is the third British police novel with very likeable Jane Tennison as the main character. The plot of the book is set in the 1976 and deals with notorious IRA bombings.
Jane is a DC but still under the watchful eye of DCI Shepherd. Jane wants to prove herself in a more challenging role and asks for a position with the Flying Squad. Her request is denied but she is allowed to t
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of prime suspect
Shelves: 2019
I enjoyed this book but my problem with it was Jane.

I don't know whether or not this was intentional but I would have liked to have seen more of her inner thoughts and feelings.

(This next part isn't much of a spoiler because it is on the back of the book)
For example, when her life is saved by the man in front of her during the explosion she doesn't do anything. She doesn't even find out if the man is alive, which she could have easily done, and although he unknowingly saved her would you not fee
Nat K
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this third instalment in the Jane Tennison “early years” series of books.

Jane is now a detective in the met, and finding her feet both professionally and personally. Being the unsuspecting witness to an IRA bombing in central London, takes the story on several interesting tangents. We see Jane still dealing with chauvinism within the force, her naiveté in trusting both supposed friends and potential suitors, and her families’ continued lack of support for her chosen career (
Leonie Hinch
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thriller
Thank you to Bonnier Zaffre for my Advanced Copy of Good Friday.

Previously, my experience with Lynda La Plante's books have been one of my favourite crime/thriller series The Anna Travis series which I love! So I was excited to try a different series by this author.

Good Friday takes us back to 1975 when the IRA were at large, bombing and attacking London on regular occasions. Jane Tennison who later stars as the main character in the more famous book and tv series' Prime Suspect is the main ch
Amber Rush
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, favorites
Lynda La Plante never fails to enthral readers on every single page. Captivating turns throughout the book paired with incredible descriptions make the novel difficult to put down. The third in the series means there are references to the previous book that allows us to fully understand her character in deeper detail and the anxiety she still has after the accident in the first book, although without reading the other one the plot of the narrative is never lost. At first, Tennison has been moved ...more
Tony Nielsen
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Good Friday Lynda La Plante takes us back to almost the beginning of the star of Prime Suspect's series, Jane Tennison. Jane has moved forward from her rookie role as a beat cop to being the only female member of the Dipper squad, whose mission is to capture pickpocket gangs in London.

When she is witness and subject of a deadly IRA terrorism attack on the London underground her whole world shifts, as she is one of only two people who saw the man thought to have left the bomb which exploded ki
Ronnie Turner
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jane Tennison is embracing a new phase of life. She has moved into her very own flat a stone’s throw from Regent’s Park and her new role in the Dip Squad comes with the possibility of a promotion in a mere six months’ time. Buoyed by her independence and the challenges given by her new team, Jane is on her way to court when a bomb goes off at Covent Garden tube station, killing several people and wounding even more. She jumps into action, aiding the victims amid the downpour of blood and debris ...more
Zoe Hall
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
This is such a good book! I believe this is one of maybe two or three books I’ve read by Lynda La Plante, but I am aiming to read them all. I find her writing so easy to read and her characters are all so interesting. I finished this book in two sittings... I thoroughly enjoyed it. A real page turner. The only reason I’m not giving it 5 stars is because I guessed who the “sleeper” was before it was revealed but nevertheless, this does NOT take away from the incredible story telling that oozes of ...more
Phyllis Krall
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book in the Tennison series is filled with action, suspense and romance during the 1970’s in London.
Jane Tennison is a new detective who happens to be in a train station at the wrong time. She is a witness to a bombing, nearly losing her own life. She cannot remember what the terrorist looked like and is determined to find him. At the annual Good Friday dance for detectives, her memory is jarred and she must persuade everyone to try and stop another bombing.
I really enjoyed this crime
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always get excited when I find another Lynda La Plante book that I haven’t yet read. This was no exception. I really enjoyed this book as I remember the bombing campaign in London at that time only too well. Jane Tennison is such a real character and the storyline is terrific. She’s not infallible, she makes mistakes but she’s tough, astute and sharp. Another gem from my favourite author, thanks Lynda. More Tennison please!
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Her first TV series as a scriptwriter was the six part robbery series Widows, in 1983, in which the widows of four armed robbers carry out a

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