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   Final Frame

Final Frame
by Jane Adams

Category: Fiction / Crime
289 pages; ISBN: 0333759710

Rating: 8/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Luke Croll


For her fifth novel, Jane Adams has written a sequel to her fourth, `Fade To Grey`, where Jake Bowen, serial killer and filmmaker got away, sparking a nation-wide manhunt and many sleepless nights for DI Mike Croft.

An art student turns out to be his latest victim and her body is found in a Dorset woodland. DI Croft struggles to find leads, turning to the people once close to Jake in the hope that he can track him down. However, this can work two ways and as Mike gets closer to Jake, he discovers that Jake is getting closer to him and those closest to him.

It is always harder to assess direct sequels as they are so heavily based on the novel that came before. However, I enjoyed `Fade To Grey` a lot, except to say that it was a bit confusing at times. I am pleased to say that Adams rectified that fault in this novel and you can easily follow what is going on.

She further strengthens the characters, continuing to develop Mike Croft from all the previous novels and giving him extra dimensions here. The introduction of Alistair Bowen, Jake`s father, was also a good touch and enhanced the novel.

I was a little disappointed with the ending, though obviously I cannot discuss it without spoiling the book. However, speaking in general times, I thought the ending could have been meatier with a better confrontation.

Apart from this minor gripe though, I found the novel highly readable and enjoyable. `Final Frame` serves to strengthen Adams` position as one of Britain`s best crime writers and I look forward to seeing more of her work.


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