Tenacity – J. S. Law

Published 30 July 2015 by Headline


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 thoughts

WOW! A rather superb debut set below the sea, in a submarine.

‘Tenacity’ takes you into a world of claustrophobic nightmarish submarines and murder. One woman is seeking a killer. HMS Tenacity is a nuclear submarine stationed on the south coast, with an all male crew. Danielle Lewis or Dan as she is known, is in charge of an investigation into the suicide of one of the crew members. Dan is suspicious because the crew member’s wife was murdered, just days before. Dan finds herself on board the submarine investigating the suicide and questioning the crew. It is a hostile environment with no one prepared to talk. And there is a murderer on board.

There is something quite chilling about a remote isolated environment. Law captures this beautifully. We follow Dan into the submarine and feel her every fear and discomfort. Verbally she is abused and this escalates to physical abuse. Dan is at the mercy of the environment and we see what it costs her to hunt for the truth.

This is one clever thriller, in which the sense of place is just perfect and the pace is intense. One woman versus a sexist submarine crew. A must read for the summer!


About Northern Crime

Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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7 Responses to Tenacity – J. S. Law

  1. Kay says:

    That’s an interesting premise. Are female still barred from sub duty these days? Just wondered.

  2. crimeworm says:

    That’s exactly what I wondered Kay! I know it used to be thought of as bad luck to even have a woman on a sub, but now I think it’s the logistics – showers, bunks, etc. My neighbour’s daughter in the Navy – must ask. This is a fantastic idea for the “cut off society” trend in books – v original. Must read it! I know I can rely on Christine’s opinion, always!

    • Christine says:

      Bad luck yikes!!! In the book it shows how the men live. They get out of bed to start a shift and another man takes their place in bed. It sounds like a rough kind of life.

      You’ll love this one, Linda!!!

      • crimeworm says:

        Oh, fabulous! I’ve got it in the corner of my room – may have a tiny wee peek…I didn’t think it looked terribly long either (which is good – too much HUGE books on my pile atm!)

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