Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Tenacity by James Law

By James Law
Published by Headline (30 July 2015)
ISBN: 978-1472227881

Publisher's description
Suicide must be investigated.
Especially when a Royal Navy sailor kills himself on a nuclear submarine, only days after his wife's brutal murder.
Now Lieutenant Danielle Lewis, the Navy's finest Special Branch investigator, must interrogate the tight-knit, male crew of HMS Tenacity to determine if there's a link.
Isolated, and standing alone in the face of extreme hostility, Dan soon realises that she may have to choose between the truth and her own survival.
Justice must be served, but with a possible killer on board the pressure is rising and her time is running out...

My verdict
Tenacity is a fast-paced thriller. It's the first one I have come across that's set on a submarine and I was engrossed from the start. It's a fascinating story, with great descriptions of submarine life. I learnt a lot by the end of the book.

Investigating the apparent suicide of a Royal Navy sailor, naval investigator Lieutenant Danielle 'Dan' Lewis finds herself on the submarine Tenacity, one woman surrounded by an all-male crew. There seems to be more to the case than meets the eye, but Dan could be putting her life at risk in her search for the truth. And the more time she spends on Tenacity, the more isolated she feels.

Dan is a strong female protagonist. She's a great investigator. She's plucky and not afraid to speak up for herself. And she always follows her convictions, even if it means going against authority figures. But her habit of going alone often puts her into tricky or even dangerous situations.

The submarine provides an intriguing setting, not just because of its size but also its claustrophobic environment, making the story chilling and highly atmospheric. Tenacity is a real roller coaster read and I held my breath for the last 10%.

James Law is certainly one to watch and I hope there's another book on the way.

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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