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Review of 'The Web They Wove' - Catherine Yaffe

Not all killers are who they first seem..

The mutilated body of a young female is found in a popular recreation ground in Leeds city centre. DI Ziggy Thornes and his team are at once assigned to close the case.

With little to no forensic evidence left at the scene at first Ziggy struggles to put the pieces together. When a second body turns up in the same place, Ziggy starts to feel the pressure from his bosses and the media as fear spreads through the city.

Realising that victims have been held captive prior to their deaths, Ziggy delves deeper and relentlessly chases down every lead, taking him close to breaking point.

When the investigation leads him dangerously close to home, will time run out before the tangled web of evil he’s uncovered destroys everything he holds dear?

The book opens with the murder of a young woman and I was gripped from the opening sentence. Although some of the characters have appeared in others of Yaffe's books, the reader is introduced to all the key members of the detective team right at the beginning. It takes a little while to get them all straight in your head but as the book and the plot develops they quickly become separate personalities rather than a homogenous group of officers. This is a fast paced thriller and there were several moments where my heart was racing and I couldn't put the book down. I read quite a lot of thrillers and one of the things I judge them by is how long they take me to read as I know I read much quicker when the book is exciting. I read this pretty much in one sitting. I simply couldn't put it down. Although this is a book I was sent to review, I would definitely choose to read more of Yaffe's work - this one is left on such a perfect cliffhanger, I need to know what happens in Book 3!

Although the main detective conforms to stereotypes for books of this genre in that he's divorced as a result of his inability to leave the police work at the station, he's a far more rounded character than many in the genre and the reader sympathises far more with him than they otherwise might. He does everything in his power to be a good father in spite of his unpredictable hours; he cares deeply about his ex-wife but tries not to involve himself in her relationship more than he has to; he supports his team and encourages them to excel. He cares about those around him and that's what makes him a good detective. Ziggy is not a loner in the style of some of the more famous detectives in crime fiction. He works as part of a team and in the end, it's this that makes the book work. The supporting characters are more than just a support act for the main one, they are a vital part of what makes him so good at his job.

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Catherine Yaffe is a full-time writer of crime novels, based in the North of England. The Web They Wove is Catherine’s second novel and continues the theme of questioning how well we know those around us. Her debut novel ‘The Lie She Told’ in October ‘20 was received with widespread acclaim, and so far, has gained over 50 five star reviews across Goodreads and Amazon.

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