The Night Caller by J.M. Hewitt
Publishing: August 15, 2019 by Bookouture
The Night Caller by J.M. Hewitt is the first in the Detective Carrie Flynn series.
First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
DS Carrie Flynn lost her sister when she was a child. Hattie was abducted, and never found. Their mother has spent the last two decades in a nursing home, not speaking, not really there. Carrie spent that time in foster care. She has become a very independent woman, who doesn’t really let people in. She needs to be in control at all times, so stays away from booze and drugs. She is partnered with DC Paul Harper.
My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)
Emma Robinson goes a little crazy when her 19-year old son Jordan goes missing, presumed drowned in the canal. His body has not yet been found. Some think he jumped. Some think he was pushed. Maybe he is still alive. Maybe his father, never in the picture, had something to do with it. Emma will do whatever she can to find her son.
Jade and her 4 year old daughter Nia live next door to Emma, but are more family than neighbours, so Jade is trying to do everything she can to support her friend.
There have been a dozen canal deaths over 6 years attributed to “The Pusher”. DS Carrie Flynn thinks the “new” pusher killed Jordan. She is sure that a second pusher materialized a little while ago, after he/she killed the first one. Carrie has no proof, but the victims changed. The victims of the first pusher were all gays. The victims now are drug dealers, pimps, abusers, and others with questionable behaviours….people that may deserve punishment. However, if Jordan was pushed, what was he hiding….why did he need to be punished? And why does it seem that he has no friends, and his family seems not to know him at all? What are they hiding?
This book is about secrets, and denial, and family and love. It is also about mental health and control.
I did figure out who the killer was, and anticipated the ending, but it was still done well.
The writing is good, the plot was interesting, and most of the characters were good (I actually loved Mrs. Oberman). However, my problem was with the protagonist. The author did not give us enough background information to make Carrie likable. She was rather boring. I learned more about her from the book blurb, than I did from the book. The book actually centered more around the family in crisis than it did around Carrie, or police procedures, which is fine, but it just seemed odd for such a series.
This book was okay, and only the first in the series, so I am looking forward to seeing if the author will step up her game. I hope so. There was nothing wrong with the book, it just lacked the thrill, for me anyway.
Read: August, 2019
Favorite Quote from The Night Caller:
“I think there are things that some people choose not to see, instead of confronting them, much like the paths we choose to take.”
About The Author: Jeanette Hewitt is a British author. She has previously published two books independently. Jeanette has won numerous awards and has been nominated for even more.
I have also reviewed this book on GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2884489926