Book review: The Coroner, by M R Hall
This is the first book in the series featuring coroner Jenny Cooper, by M R Hall. Hoping for a quiet and easy life, away from the stress, anxiety and tension of family law and her own difficult divorce, Jenny soon finds that her new role is a far cry from her expectations. Appointed as the new District Coroner when her predecessor dies suddenly, she is soon plunged into a series of complex and unnerving cases.
She makes it her aim to uncover the truth, no matter who she upsets or what the implications of her investigations are. But with sinister forces determined to keep things hidden, her own secrets hanging over her, and her sanity and career at stake, will she unearth the truth before her world comes crashing down around her?
This is a stunning book, starting by introducing us to the cases, then to Jenny Cooper herself. The pace of the story is just right - starting slowly and then increasing to the fast action and well-timed conclusion. With unexpected revelations throughout, and beautifully described characters and their difficult relationships, this is definitely one to read.
The Coroner, by M R Hall, is published by PanMacmillan and is available from their website.
Disclosure: Pan Macmillan sent me this book to keep for the purposes of review. All opinions are our own.