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Nicola Connelly has escaped the oppressive atmosphere of bath to a penthouse apartment in Falmouth where she can relax in peace and enjoy the beautiful view from her balcony. But the funds in her account are low and she needs a plan to continue her life of luxury.
meanwhile, not so far away, Tom Hudson has been reassigned and a new kind of investigation might need her help…

My Rating:

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If you keep up with my blog regularly, then you’ll know that I’ve already read two of Keogh’s books and thoroughly enjoyed both of them. Her standalone novel Exit Five from Charing Cross was by far my favourite and introduced me to a completely new way of writing and approaching a story that really left me in awe.

After enjoying the first Nicola Connelly novel, I couldn’t wait to get started on this one but I did feel cautious. With many novels, and films, a sequel is normally just an extension of the initial glory, but here I factually found it to be an improvement.

I was disappointed that although this is a Nicola Connelly series, we actually see very little of her in the first book and don’t really get given the time to get to know her properly. It doesn’t detract from the story, more of a side-thought, this book however is a little a longer and gives us all the time in the world to get to know Nicola.

The Devil has Power by Valerie KeoghI was actually amazed to find myself half-way through the book with a sense that the story hadn’t really started and this comes back to Keogh’s impressive talent of making the everyday entertaining. That’s not to say I was bored, but I’ve read enough crime novels to know that the body is found in the first chapter and the struggle of the detective begins in the second. As a sequel to Deadly Sleep, it was only a matter of time before Nicola’s dreams would begin again but the question was of when. Now half way through the book and we haven’t even got to that bit yet made me realise just how clever Keogh is with her storytelling. We see a very similar tactic in her first novel when we start at the very beginning of Nicola’s life and witness her first killing, but it’s a tactic that works.

I think I enjoyed this book much more than the first. Tom is a better detective character than Matt, and one that we can sympathise with. And I honestly believe the storyline is much better. I’m trying very hard here not to give away what actually happens, so I apologise if I let something slip. This book seemed to be overly less complicated than the first and I think that works much better.  Sometimes the story can run away with itself but this time Keogh has it all under control.

I really enjoyed reading this, I loved the open ending, and I just can’t wait for the next book in the series. In the meantime though, I’m going to read her Garda West series…until then.


  1. Valerie Keogh 28th January 2016 at 10:35 am Reply

    Thank you so much for this review, Natasha, writing the second novel in a series is a big challenge and it is great to hear that the story worked. I’m hoping to have the third in this series, Such Bitter Business, completed soon and you’ll be glad to know Tom remains a lead character. For anyone who is interested in reading The Devil has Power – it is available on a 99p/99cent promotion from 4th to 11th Feb.

    • Natasha Orme 28th January 2016 at 8:14 pm Reply

      I’m so glad that this sequel worked and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. All the best with your next book!

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