One in 100 of us is a ‘potentially dangerous person’ – someone likely to commit a violent crime. We all know them: these charmers, liars and manipulators. The ones who send prickles up the back of our neck.
These people hide in plain sight. They can be teachers, doctors, lawyers, holding positions of trust, of power.
Jessamine Gooch makes a living tracking the 1 in 100. Each week she broadcasts a radio show that examines brutal offences, asking if more could have been done to identify and prevent their perpetrators.
But when she agrees to investigate a missing person case involving a young mother, she is drawn into a web of danger that will ultimately lead to the upper echelons of power, and threaten the safety of her own family.
What if the people we trust are the ones we should fear?
I was incredibly eager to read the second novel by Deborah O’Connor as I loved her debut My Husband’s Son (check out my review HERE) and I was immediately attracted to The Dangerous Kind’s title and cover.
Jessamine Gooch presents a radio show that examines the lives of convicted killers and this prompts a woman to approach her outside the studio one day to seek her help in finding her missing friend, Cassie.
Told through the different narratives of Jessamine, Sarah and Jitesh in the present day, and Rowena in the past, O’Connor seamlessly takes the reader from one to the other and back again. The plotting is perfect as O’Connor keeps us guessing until the shocking finale when the complex plot is cleverly pulled together.
The Dangerous Kind is a very topical and current read and O’Connor’s experience in the world of television comes through in this novel as she deals with situations that recently came to light and rocked the world of British TV, celebrity and journalism. Be warned – the central premise does not make for comfortable reading as she touches on issues that repulse and upset. There currently seems to be a real thirst for true crime and O’Connor has taken this current craze and created a compelling plot around it. Her use of up-to-date mediums move the plot along and aid in the development of her characters.
I loved the numerous themes that run throughout The Dangerous Kind. They are all grounded in reality and therefore incredibly disturbing. I guarantee that you will be thinking long and hard about this book each time you put it down for a break from reading and then again after you have completed it. O’Connor examines the issues of social media and its potential impact in the wrong hands and the destructive effect secrets have on those who harbour them. What I found the most disturbing and unnerving, however, was O’Connor’s portrayal of the sense of security money and position give to some people – literally resulting in them thinking that they can get away with whatever they want, no matter how deprived.
Just like she did in My Husband’s Son, O’Connor has once again delved into the darkest echelons of the human psyche and behaviour and the result is brilliant. If you like your novels dark and disturbing then The Dangerous Kind is a must read for you.
And remember – it’s the people you know, not the strangers around you, who often turn out to be the most dangerous kind!
The Dangerous Kind was published on ebook on 11 April 2019 and is published on hardback on 16 May 2019 by Zaffre.