At Your Door, J. P. Carter: Book Review

Looking for a good thriller? Look no further than At Your Door by J. P. Carter.

The plot:

When DCI Anna Tate is called to the gruesome discovery of a dead woman found on Barnes Common, she is plunged into a high-profile investigation involving a prominent MP. London is baying for blood – but is there more to Holly’s death than meets the eye?

Meanwhile, the hunt is on for Anna’s missing daughter Chloe, who vanished ten years ago when her father kidnapped her. The case has been cold for what feels like forever – but a phone call brings a brand new lead…

Can Anna solve the murder case whilst dealing with her own personal demons? Or is someone from the past planning to get in her way?

The ending is well worth the read

At Your Door is the second in the DCI Anna Tate series. It starts with In Safe Hands, which I have reviewed here.

This book feels much more like an introduction into what future books could hold. I’m definitely predicting some characters coming back, and the ending of this book will make for a sinister next read.

The story itself is interesting, but I did find it slightly predictable – once one thing had happened, I knew how it would all tie together, but it still led to me being a little shocked. It’s not as tense as its predecessor, but the ending is well worth the read. It’s still gruesome at times, but could’ve had that little more.

The chapters jump between the protagonist and another character which is done very well. I found that I got attached more to the other character than Anna in this book, because it’s much more personal, whereas it felt like Anna was just fighting the case. I’m still loving the DCI though – she’s a crackin’ character and you definitely want her on your side.

I’d say that, whilst it can be read as a stand-alone, I’d moreover recommend the first book if you’re after that cutting-edge thriller shock, but At Your Door is important if you want to read on in the series.

The reason I didn’t love this book as much as I thought I would is because of how much repetition there was. Honestly, it got to a point where I was just skimming some paragraphs because it had already been mentioned. It was much more word-y than it needed to be, but I just take this as At Your Door being for more of those interested in the thriller genre but haven’t read much yet; it can get a bit tiresome for someone who reads them frequently (or every other book, if you’re like me).

Despite this repetition, which really knocked it down a star for me, I’m really looking forward to the next books in the series and following Anna on her next case.

At Your Door, J. P. Carter, RRP £7.99 (paperback); Book Depository 

Pages: 406

Publisher: Avon

Genre: Thriller

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