After He’s Gone – Jane Isaac (DC Beth Chamberlain #1)


After He’s Gone was published in June 2018 and is available to purchase here

You think you know him. Until he’s dead.

When Cameron Swift is gunned down outside his family home, DC Beth Chamberlain is appointed Family Liaison Officer: a dual role that requires her to support the family, and also investigate them.

As the case unfolds and the body count climbs, Beth discovers that nothing is quite as it appears and everyone, it seems, has secrets.

Even the dead…

My thoughts

I’m a great admirer of Jane Isaac and her writing. I adore her Will Jackman series and have been crossing my fingers for a new instalment. I think we need one. Hint hint. Instead Isaac has gone forward with a brand new series, for us to devour. After He’s Gone introduces Detective Constable Beth Chamberlain.

After He’s Gone focuses on Beth, a family liaison officer. In the UK, a family liaison officer will work with the victims of crime and offer them support. They will stay in the victim’s home and gather information. They are police officers, who have been specially trained for the role. They are a key part of the investigation.

A middle aged business man is shot dead, outside of his home. His fiancee and two children are left bewildered, by the event. Beth is given the task of providing family liaison support to the family. Everything is not quite as it seems. There are secrets about to be revealed. We find out that the man’s personal life is complicated. A chilling final image of the victim is uploaded onto social media. Can Beth and her police colleagues get to the truth of the killing?

This is a solid start to the series, which establishes Beth in role beautifully. We see Beth finding her feet as a family liaison officer. We see she cares about the victims. She is dedicated and focused. She is grounded and down to earth. She has a refreshing air of normality about her. Isaac resists the temptation to load her with personal problems and irritating issues. I was less interested in Beth’s sister and niece. Beth is a young police officer, who has masses of potential to grow and progress. I look forward to seeing this.

Confident. Strong. With an engaging new lead, in DC Beth Chamberlain. Recommended.








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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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