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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  182 ratings  ·  49 reviews
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.

With no one reported missing, no apparent motive and no obvious suspect the investigation proves to be far from straightforward.

As suspicion falls upon those associated with the pr
Kindle Edition, 259 pages
Published October 7th 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 and this wa
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?

Amid this very intense investigati
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 the unnamed killer about t
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 Broadbent, were
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
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 too obsessed with having
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
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 aside to
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
Sue Wallace
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Revenge by Gaynor Torrance.
This is book 1 of DI Jemima Huxley series.
Why are dead bodies appearing when no one has been reported missing…?
Really enjoyed this book. Good story and some good characters.
Hope there is more to come. Read in a few hours. Looking forward to reading more about DI Jemima. 4*.
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
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 of the team r
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 ,
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 serial killer
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 that ...more
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.
Di Paterson
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really wanted to give this book three and a half stars, but rounded up because I am going to read the next in the series. The beginning dragged a little, and I felt that too much time was spent on Jemima's personal issues and angst, and then the last section, as the case was resolved, seemed a little rushed. I gave the benefit of the doubt since this is the start of a series, and establishing the characters was obviously important for the Gaynor Torrance. And that said, I think I do like Jemim ...more
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
Elli (Kindig Blog)
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
When bodies are discovered on the land of a wealthy and powerful family questions need to be asked – but how far will they go to protect their reputation?

Revenge for me was a bit like its name – not really a standout and a bit bland. On one hand I enjoyed the idea of a flawed female main character and Jemima certainly has her share of problems; from self-harming to infertility and all the mental health and relationship issues that go along side. Although I think it does help to have a relatable
John M.
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Captivating personality of DI Huxley!

Very engrossing mystery and learning of the complex thoughts of Jemma. Detective procedures will love this book.!! Looking forward to read the next In this series.
Janette Boyd-Marshall
Exciting but not challenging

It looked promising and was an easy read but the bizarre conversation in the dining to m did all the work so it became just a confessional. A lot more potential than it delivered
Alan  Main
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book, Great and believable characters, More please.
Jo Mcculley
Another good book. Silly thing but I don't care for the name of the main character and had to call her J. Look forward to more about her.
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
We meet Jemima in this first novel in the series. We learn quickly that she has a lot of issues and flaws and constantly seems conflicted.

She is thrown into a violent investigation where several bodies have shown up on a private estate. Jemima seems to have a good relationship with her partner and together they go through the motions of investigating what’s happened. I found Jemima to be very no nonsense but her inner monologue would show her to be actually be quite insecure with her life.

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
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 is reported missing, no apparent motive, an d no suspects leads to an investigation that is far from easy, and defini
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 visible. Th
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
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Gaynor Torrance is the author of the DI Jemima Huxley Thrillers series. She is under contract with Sapere Books for the first six books in this series. REVENGE was published in October 2019, SOLE SURVIVOR in March 2020, and STALKED in September 2020.

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