From the author of the critically acclaimed bestseller The Ruin comes a compulsive new crime thriller featuring DS Cormac Reilly.
Being brilliant has never been this dangerous …
When Dr Emma Sweeney stumbles across the victim of a hit and run outside Galway University late one evening, she calls her partner, Detective Cormac Reilly, bringing him first to the scene of a murder that would otherwise never have been assigned to him.
A security card in the dead woman’s pocket identifies her as Carline Darcy, a gifted student and heir apparent to Irish pharmaceutical giant Darcy Therapeutics. The multi-billion-dollar company, founded by her grandfather, has a finger in every pie, from sponsoring university research facilities to funding political parties to philanthropy – it has funded Emma’s own ground-breaking research. The enquiry into Carline’s death promises to be high profile and high pressure.
As Cormac investigates, evidence mounts that the death is linked to a Darcy laboratory and, increasingly, to Emma herself. Cormac is sure she couldn’t be involved, but as his running of the case comes under scrutiny from the department and his colleagues, he is forced to question his own objectivity. Could his loyalty to Emma have led him to overlook evidence? Has it made him a liability?
Once again I was captivated by this author’s plotting. The Scholar did not disappoint. That said, I was not as taken with this book as I was the first of the Detective Cormac series – The Ruin. The main reason being, I felt removed from the story. I was reading about the murders but lacking clues/hints as to the killer’s motives, etc. Until at the end, once solved, and I got it.
The research facility’s work being carried out by Cormack’s girlfriend, Emma, was a crucial part of the plot, but I felt this was brushed over. I wanted more detail about the research and the risks.
Second novels are always compared to the first, especially one as special as The Ruin, which remains a top read for me. The Scholar was certainly compelling and I rarely put the book down. I read every chance I got and enjoyed the story very much.
Well done. Cormac is an excellent character and I look forward to the next adventure.
This review is also published on Goodreads and Australian Women Writers Challenge
Published by Harper Collins Australia