A Good Read: After the Fire by Jane Casey

This is the first post in what will hopefully become a new series on the blog, where I share my thoughts on some of the books I’ve read and enjoyed. These posts won’t be reviews as such, more a sharing of a few lines on selected books that I’ve found interesting and original.

First up today is After the Fire by Jane Casey.


Here’s the blurb

Arson, accident or murder?

After a fire rips through a North London tower block, two bodies are found locked in an 11th floor flat. But is the third victim that ensures the presence of detective Maeve Kerrigan and the murder squad. It appears that controversial MP Geoff Armstrong, trapped by the fire, chose to jump to his death rather than wait for rescue. But what was such a right wing politician doing in the deprived, culturally diverse Maudling Estate?

As Maeve and her senior colleague, Derwent, pick through the wreckage, they uncover the secret world of the 11th floor, where everyone seems to have something to hide…


My thoughts

This wasn’t my first Maeve Kerrigan book, although I haven’t read them in order and this really doesn’t seem to matter. While there is a theme running through the series, they are pretty much written as standalone novels.

Maeve is an interesting character, battling her own demons, believing she is strong although she certainly has her own vulnerabilities. I found the relationship with her boss, the edgy DCI Josh Derwent, to be intriguing and certainly a dynamic that is tricky for her at times but really seems to work.

If you’re a fan of a tight plot with lots of suspense and twists and turns aplenty, I’d definitely recommend giving it a go.