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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  40 reviews
The shocking start to a compelling crime series you need to read! Perfect for fans of Mark Edwards, Angela Marsons, Patricia Gibney and Leigh Russell.

Why are dead bodies appearing when no one has been reported missing…?

When mutilated female corpses are discovered in shallow woodland graves it becomes apparent that a serial killer is at large.

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Kindle Edition, 259 pages
Published August 2019 by Sapere Books (first published May 20th 2014)
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Sep 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Several bodies were found in the grounds of Llys Faen Hall near Cardiff, the ancestral home of the Tremaine Family. The leading investigator was DI Jemima Huxley, ably assisted by her partner Dan Broadbent. I liked the way the book started as it drew me in and I liked the way it was written although initially it seemed a bit ponderous in style but the pacing picked up as the story progressed. I liked Jemima very much and it seemed that there will be more books to follow this one. Jemima on the s ...more
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a very dark crime novel. Pacey, involving and rather gruesome, I read this over a span of just 24 hours. A start of a new crime series, I look forward to seeing what the writer does next.

If issues of rape, self-harm and detailed descriptions of murder make your stomach turn, then consider this your warning before reading Revenge. Torrance describes these elements in quite a lot of detail which literally had me squirming my way through the pages! The writer does not hold back
Linda Strong
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it

DI Huxley and her team are called out when a body is found partially buried in shallow grave in a privately woodland. When two more bodies are found in the same location, suspicion falls on the owners of the woodland area.

Huxley is going to have to tread through quicksand to get to the truth. Many potential suspects all have secrets that they will do anything to prevent them coming to light.

What links these brutal murders? Why were they not all reported missing?
Tracy Wood
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
When a local landowner discovers a dead body on his land he has no idea of the nightmare he is about to unleash on himself and the local police force. His estate houses a eclectic collection of employees who add personality and problems which all need to be overcome as lead detective, Jemima Huxley,  struggles to make any major advances in what could become the biggest case of her career so far.

I was amazed that this is the beginning of a series;  DI Huxley and her partner,  Dan Broa
Elaine Tomasso
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Sapere Books for an advance copy of Revenge, the first novel to feature DI Jemima Huxley of the Cardiff police.

When a buried body is unearthed in the woods of the local stately home DI Jemima Huxley is put in charge of the investigation. When more bodies are discovered it becomes apparent that she’s hunting a serial killer.

I enjoyed Revenge which is a tale full of twists and turns before an incredible denouement. The novel opens with th
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A new author for me and and the start of a new series. After reading the blurb I was really looking forward to this one. I am glad to say I was far from disappointed. A suspense full police procedural which had me gripped from the first to the last page. DI Jemma Huxley is the main character, a complex lady with quite a few issues. Jemma has to put her personal issues aside as she has just landed the biggest case of her career. A vicious serial killer, incest, domestic abuse and infertility. Thi ...more
Julie Lacey
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the first book in what looks to be a new series and was a good read.
The bodies of some young women are found in shallow graves in the grounds of a private estate and the attention is soon on the family who live there.
They’re a strange bunch of people and it’s clear they’re not being completely up front with the Police.
Jemima is tasked with finding the killer and is led down various dark avenues in her attempt to find the killer.
Jemima has her own issues but tries to put them asi
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2019
This was a twisted story that kept my interest to the very end!! I liked the mystery and was kinda surprised by the ending. Definitely will have to check out the next one. Thanks to Sapere for the early copy
Whoa! What did I just read?

As the first in a new series by Gaynor Torrance featuring the somewhat troubled DI Jemima Huxley, it goes without saying that REVENGE is a very dark and incredibly twisted crime novel. It is nothing like you would expect. What starts out as a slow moving narrative into Jemima's obsession with conceiving soon becomes an all too real reminder to be careful what you wish for.

But before I go any further, I must begin with a trigger warning. This book is packed full of/>
Ruth Matheson
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A body is found in a shallow grave in the grounds of the Tremaine family estate by the owners, however once the police are called in, it soon transpires that there is more than one body and so the search begins. First book to feature DI Jemima Huxley and her partner Dan Broadbent and set in South Wales which made for a change to most recent novels that I have read.
There are lots of twists and links within the story along with the normal personal problems which seem to blight our police force ,
Bob Hurley
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
First Gaynor Torrance book I have read, with DI Jemima Huxley. Well written and obviously well researched. More a “Murder” thriller than a crime thriller in my mind. DI Huxley and her sidekick DS Broadbent are called into to investigate a body found on a welsh manor. The investigation quickly turns into multiple bodies and deaths. Suspects seem to pop up like ghosts in a “ghost train” as the dig deeper into the lives of the family that own the manor. With a series of twists & turns, trails t ...more
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it
3 stars

DI Jemima Huxley and her partner DS Broadbent investigate the discovery of a shallowly buried body of a woman found on an estate. The woman has been mutilated. More women are found on the estate. Do the police have a serial killer on their hands?

This book tells the story of the investigation and also discusses ad nauseum Jemima's wish to have a child.

I didn't think that DS Broadbent was quite the worthless individual that Jemima thought he was. And Jemima was way
Ollie Gee
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book, which provides an insight into middle-class suburbia and how it manages to cope with the impacts of a disturbing murder investigation. The unusual plot has been researched in some depth, providing a well structured storyline. The outcome came as quite a shock – usually a good indicator that a thriller plot is good – and definitely justifies 5* rating.
Juliet Bookliterati
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Revenge is the first book in a new crime series by Gaynor Torrance featuring DI Jemima Huxley.  Set in Cardiff and the surrounding countryside this is a fast paced read with a dark and twisted serial killer. When several women are found in the woods on a private estate, gruesomely murdered, DI Jemima Huxley and her Sergeant Dan Broadbent are in charge with the investigation and finding the killer before they strike again. The problem is that there are no reports of these women going missing, and ...more
Mr Robin Smith
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was by a new author to me and thus was also an introduction to Detective Inspector Jemima Huxley and her colleagues on the Lisvane (north Cardiff) police force. Jemima is a troubled lady as she is unable to give her husband, Nick, the baby they both want. Jemima’s inability to become pregnant, and her related feelings of uselessness, have resulted in her turning to self-harming; a secret she has thus far managed to keep from her husband, friends, family and colleagues. Against this bac ...more
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
This is the debut novel by Gaynor Torrence called Revenge. Its set out in rural Wales, not too far from Llanishen. We meet DI Jemima Huxley and DS Dan Broadbent, in a heatwave in early May.

There has been a report of a dead body in the woods out at Llys Faen Hall. Jemima got the call from her boss early one morning and was told to pick her DS up on the way. When they arrived at the hall, the scene was already marked off and the forensic officers were hard at work. Part of a corpse was
Jane Willis
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I must start with a trigger warning. This book is packed with triggers – domestic abuse, self harm, infertility and incest feature as well as the only-to-be-expected-in-a-crime-thriller gruesomeness of the murders. Don’t read it if you have a delicate constitution!

Having said that, for those who will not be distressed by it, it is a gripping and cleverly plotted book that kept me hooked right to the end and left me wanting to read more about the central character, making it a perfect introducti
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
DI Jemima Huxley is put in charge of an investigation in which bodies of young women are found buried a wooded area of a large, private estate. Jemima must try to put aside her personal problems to solve this baffling case.

“Revenge” is an unusual book that is hard to characterize. A lot of it flows like a police procedural, and I really enjoyed that element of the book. Sometimes I could picture myself in the police station along with Jemima, her partner Dan Broadbent, and the rest o
Oct 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thank you to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of Revenge.

** Please note there are serious triggers in the book that include self-harm, domestic abuse, rape, incest, torture and mutilation. **

This was a straight forward police procedural which I enjoy, generally, but Revenge was a big letdown.

** Minor spoilers ahead **

When a series of bodies is discovered on the grounds of a lavish estate, DI Huxley is called to investigate. As the identity of the victims are revealed, Huxley discovers they are all/>
Michelle Kidwell
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
DI Jemima Huxley Thrillers Book 1

by Gaynor Torrance

Sapere Books

Mystery & Thrillers , Women's Fiction

Pub Date 07 Oct 2019

I am reviewing a copy of Revenge: DI Jemima Huxley Thrillers Book 1 through Sapere Books and Netgalley:

After mutilated female corpses are discovered in shallow graves located in the woodlands it quickly becomes obvious a serial killer is at large...

No one
Rose Weiss
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
The main character of Jemima is complex and complicated.
She is a DI and a woman in a man’s world.
The story was twisted and ugly and the inclusion of Jemina’s personal demons distracted from the story line. She is in a marriage that at first is described as rock solid but seems to fall apart slowly as she struggles with infertility and her relationship seems to be as as solid as she first believes. But as her marriage is falling apart it seems it is only on her end.
Then there is
Kerry Henderson
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jemima is investigating a body discovered in woods near the Tremaines large house. Soon it's more than one body and each is found with pomegranate seeds in their mouths. Theres a connection to a womens refuge where Helen Tremaine works but as Jemima is about to discover it's more complicated. This family is hiding some dark secrets but could they be killers too?

Wow this was quite a read. A warning that it does deal with some pretty dark themes that may put some readers off. The story is actuall
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Oh what a tangled web......wait! Wrong classical reference. When the police start uncovering dead bodies on the acreage of the wealthiest family in the area, DI Jemima Huxley has to put her personal issues aside to figure out what is going on. As the first book in a new series, a lot of time is spent on character background building. For DI Huxley, this includes issues with infertility, which of course meant that everyone around her seemed to be pregnant or have a newborn. This seemed to be a bi ...more
Diane Hernandez
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Detective Inspector Jemina Huxley is having problems with fertility and possibly her marriage while also investigating a body dump site in Revenge.

Called to investigate a body buried on a rural farming estate, Jemina has many personal issues to overcome. She can’t get pregnant. Her partner is a disheveled new father, who constantly complains about his new baby’s interruptions into his married life. When more bodies are uncovered in the same location, the police know that there is a s
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
What an interesting book. Opening pages start with someone burying a body but how many were buried before. Said to myself really good book. The book had it's ups and downs but it was a good read. There's a serial killer loose and Jemina has to find out who and why. Is it the owner's of the property where the bodies are found or someone unknown to all. The author gives you a lot suspects but you don't find out until the end who the killer or killers are because each suspect has a dark past to a p ...more
Arianna  Mclaughlin (arianna.reads)
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, sept-09
Trigger warnings for incest, domestic abuse, self-harm and infertility

Revenge is a dark thriller and in addition to crime/murder, it tackles subjects like incest, self harm, domestic abuse and infertility. It is the first book in the new DI Jemima Huxley series and it is a promising start. Sometimes it experiences the challenges of the first novel in a series with too many characters and a lot of backstory to set-up, but the mystery woven throughout is well done, engaging and kept my
Catherine Rickard
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was excited to read this book as the blurb completely drew me in but unfortunately I was disappointed. I thought the plot was intriguing and the mythology angle interesting but this was overshadowed by the M.C 's fertility problems and her need to self harm that didn't seem to be necessary to the story. I understand it can be good for our main characters to be flawed but this was too much for me. I found the dialogue to be poorly written, and seemed often to be an opportunity for a huge info d ...more
Kim Melbourne
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow....I did not see the ending that this book brought.
Jemma is a female detective in a male dominated CID department. She longs to start a family with no success and takes solace in self harm to help her cope.
Multiple bodies are found within the extensive grounds of a large home. The link appears to be a women's refuge. The story uncovers some dark secrets held within the family living on the estate. The family is disjointed and are hiding secrets from each other. The grisly ending
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Revenge is a good crime thriller/Police procedural.A body has been found in the grounds of a Country House Manor and DI Jemima Huxley is investigating .Soon more bodies are discovered in the burial ground so now the Police have a serial killer in their midst.I am not sure if I liked Huxley she is so obsessed with having a baby it seemed to interfere with everything and surely she has mental health issues with the self harming should she even be a Police Officer ?Her behaviour in the Interview ro ...more
Margaret Yelton
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Some people could be triggered by aspects of this book, as it does contain several different subjects that will bother some people. This was my first book read by Gaynor Torrance, having said that overall I found it to be well written, the characters were also well developed. I did find Jemima to be a fascinating character so hopefully there will be more of her books, I also enjoyed her interaction with her partner I just wasn't overly drawn to the certain aspects of the storyline itself. I rece ...more
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Gaynor Torrance writes contemporary crime thrillers and is the author of the gritty, Detective Inspector Jemima Huxley series. She chose to set these books in the Welsh capital city, as Cardiff is somewhere she knows and loves, having lived there for many years.
In 2018, Gaynor signed with Sapere Books for four DI Jemima Huxley crime novels. The first book in the series, REVENGE, was published in
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