by Jeannie McLean
This tale gets a “Wow!” from this reader. It comes as no surprise that it was one of three finalists out of two hundred entries in the 2018 Michael GifkinS Prize for an Unpublished Novel.
Rarely does a book engage me to the point where I consume it in one sitting but “Caught Between” did just that. Plenty of tension, red herrings, twists and turns built the suspense at just the right pace to make it un-put-downable.
Alternating chapters between Tova Tan and Constable Finn McIntosh (with the exception of the first and last), Jeannie takes us into a world of distrust, murder and betrayal in the suburbs of Auckland paralleled with the politics, rivalry and frustrations of the investigation team at the Henderson Police station.
Big money, drugs, gambling, crime gangs and police corruption ... “Caught Between” has the lot.
To review in more detail could risk giving away some of the plot so I will resist the temptation. Suffice to say that if you are a fan of good quality crime fiction, this will certainly fit the bill.