Book Review

Deadly Wishes – Rachel McLean

I am delighted to once again welcome Rachel McLean to my blog, as I join the blog tour for her latest book, Deadly Wishes. Many thanks to Rachel, and to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources, for inviting me to be a part of the tour, and for providing me with a copy of the book.


Meet Zoe Finch, West Midlands Police’s newest Detective Inspector. She’s outspoken, ambitious, and damaged. And she’s working a case that could make her career, or cost her everything…

Fresh from the success of the Canary investigation into depravity and corruption at the highest levels, Zoe has attracted attention. Not least from Assistant Chief Constable Bryn Jackson.

But when Jackson is brutally murdered on the night of his retirement party, Zoe is dragged into a case that’s deeply personal.

All the evidence points to the victim’s downtrodden wife, who has secrets of her own. But Zoe begins to suspect all isn’t as it seems. Could Jackson’s death be linked to the Canary case? And what is her new boss, DCI David Randle, hiding?

Seeking out the truth will force Zoe to confront her own past and put her career, and her team’s lives, on the line.

Deadly Wishes is a gritty crime thriller perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Caroline Mitchell, and the BBC’s Line of Duty.


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As you will all know by now, I am always eager to read anything that Rachel McLean writes, and I am never disappointed when I do. Deadly Wishes is no exception to this, and I thoroughly enjoyed it – it’s not the first time that Rachel’s books have kept me up for most of the night because I just can’t stop reading, and I am sure it won’t be the last.

Deadly Wishes, book one of the Detective Zoe Finch series, shows a different side to Rachel McLean’s writing, and in some ways it feels a lighter read than her previous books – although it feels strange to say that given the subject matter. Where her other books have a slow burning, almost sinister undercurrent running through them, Deadly Wishes is more upfront and faster paced, and I think this is perhaps why it feels an easier read (that and the fact that I can’t resist a good crime drama in any shape or form).

In Bryn Jackson, we are presented with a thoroughly unlikable murder victim, who in all honesty, I had absolutely no sympathy for. His murder made for a fascinating plot because there were just so many people who had good reason to want him dead – even when I thought I had it all worked out, I was never 100% certain, nor, as it turned out, was I even close to actually having worked it out. Personally speaking, I prefer it if I haven’t solved the crime myself, so this was perfect for me.

Zoe Finch is a character who I instantly connected with. A little unsure of herself in her new role, Zoe is someone who doesn’t always make the right decision, or even the sensible one, but it is these flaws that make her feel so real. I really enjoyed the relationship she had with her team, and I am keen to see how this develops as the series progresses.

This is a series that has the potential to grow and grow and I look forward to reading future instalments.


rachel mcleanMy name’s Rachel McLean and I write thrillers that make you think.

What does that mean?

In short, I want my stories to make your pulse race and your brain tick.

Do you often get through a thriller at breakneck pace but are left with little sense of what the book was really about? Do you sometimes read literary fiction but just wish something would damn well happen?

My books aim to fill that gap.

If you’d like to know more about my books and receive extra bonus content, please join my book club at I’ll send you a weekly email with news about my writing research and progress, stories and bonus content for each book. And I’ll let you know when my books are on offer.






Make sure you visit the other blogs taking part in the tour for more thoughts on this book.

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