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Cruel Acts

Maeve Kerrigan, Book 8
Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
Series: Maeve Kerrigan, Book 8
Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (98 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Sunday Times best seller and winner of the Irish Independent crime fiction book of the year! 

Guilty? 

A year ago, Leo Stone was convicted of murdering two women and sentenced to life in prison. Now he’s been freed on a technicality, and he’s protesting his innocence. 

Not guilty?

DS Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent are determined to put Stone back behind bars where he belongs, but the more Maeve digs, the less convinced she is that he did it. The wrong decision could be deadly...then another woman disappears in similar circumstances. Is there a copycat killer, or have they been wrong about Stone from the start? 

©2019 Jane Casey (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Cruel Acts is magnificent. I've loved all Jane Casey's books but this is definitely her best one. I could not stop reading it! Utter brilliance." (Marian Keyes)

"You'll be checking the locks and looking over your shoulder after reading this one: Cruel Acts is clever, classy crime fiction with a conscience. I couldn't put it down." (Erin Kelly, best-selling author of He Said/She Said)

"Jane Casey's brilliant storytelling pulled me straight into Maeve Kerrigan's world, leaving me breathless and wanting more. Brava!" (Fiona Barton, best-selling author of The Widow

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Love the characters of Maeve and Josh their interaction, support and Josh’s protectiveness of Maeve. Josh’s walls are coming down slowly as the series goes on. Looking forward to their next adventure together. What I did not enjoy in this novel was them working with others more than being together At times as I have always really enjoyed their banter and sometimes comically lines from Josh. Maeve brings out the best in him.

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  • Amy
  • 18-05-2020

One of my faves in the series

I really enjoyed this book in the series. Great story as well as action and a twist for Maeve.

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Yes I like it

Unfortunately I’m reading these out of order so I don’t know what’s happing in her love life. Oh well. I liked the last book the best. But will read one more.

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Hardly gripping ... a little disappointing

Shame! Was looking forward to this book but can honestly say after 12+ hrs of listening, I cannot recall much detail. Was predictable, boring and completely forgettable. Narration was fine, it was the content that let it down

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  • BusyBee
  • 30-12-2019

Not as gripping with this narrator

I enjoyed the over all writing/plot/story - however, without the narration of Sara Coombs (who has read all of the other in the series) I was not as engaged as I have been with the prior books. If there is a next book with Lennon as the narrator, I may not bother with it.

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  • J-9
  • 16-12-2019

Bring back Sarah Coomes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Caroline Lennon isn't a bad narrator, she just isn't Maeve and Derwent. Sometimes, it's difficult to tell who is speaking with Caroline's reading. She needs to better differentiate the voices. It's really unfortunate when the narrator is changed mid-series unless the narrator needed to be changed. Sarah Coomes did a great job with Maeve and Derwent and all of the other characters. I feel like I know them and to have different voices makes it very hard to enjoy the book as I would have with Sarah reading the book. Anyway - it was a good book. I like that the characters continue to develop. We need to hear more about Derwent's relationship with Melissa. It was barely mentioned. I was surprised to see Godly so involved again. The author never explained his true role. I cannot wait for the next book in the series - but please bring back Sarah Coomes.

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  • Lizzie
  • 03-12-2019

Not as good as previous books..

I have read and enjoyed the previous Maeve Carrigan stories, but this one had a lot less twists and turns and very little personal life details which I have liked about previous books. I also felt this reader sounded much older than Maeve is supposed to be.

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  • Carnal Flower
  • 30-06-2020

I Love This New Narrator!

I must be in the minority here, but I love Caroline Lennon's narration. A big improvement over Sarah Coomes! Sarah had a lovely voice when she chose to tone it down, but I hated the way she did men's voices and the breathy, hyper style. I find Caroline's much more listenable, and I like how she tells the story as if she really understands and likes it. All this complaining! You may miss Sarah Coomes but Caroline Lennon is certainly not "bad." The story itself is one of my faves in the series. It's really well done. One of the more interesting cases with a nice twist at the end.

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  • Tabbi
  • 16-06-2020

Terrible Narration!

I’ve loved the series but this narrator is horrible! I did not enjoy this book nearly as much as the others, most likely due to the narration.

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  • Melinda Peeples
  • 10-05-2020

horrible narrator

Worse narrator ever. Can’t even tell who the characters are. Narrator for previous was so much better. probably will return and buy ebook and read it myself because i love the series.

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  • Anna
  • 31-03-2020

Good story, missing old narrator

I always love the books from this series. I read this one first and am now listening to the audio version. I am very disappointed they changed narrator though. I very much preferred Sarah Coomes. Not sure if I'll buy the next audiobook as well.

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  • amazon woman
  • 14-03-2020

Great except for narration.

Not sure what happened but the usual narrator for the Maeve Kerrigan series changed in this book, and not for the better. Not only did she have a different voice but the accent seemed off as well. It made listening to the story much harder.

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  • Leila Rae Bush
  • 28-12-2019

I NEED Sarah Coomes back!!!

I absolutely love Jane Casey, and Maeve Kerrigan and Josh Derwent are two of my favorite characters. I was in shock when I first downloaded this book and started to listen that Sarah Coomes had been replaced. I waited a few days, and decided to listen again to give Caroline Lennon a fair shot. I have to say my second listen, now that I was less frustrated, was a bit better, but still not great. Sarah Coomes brought Kerrigan to life, and to change narrators after 7 books is just terrible for us as listeners.

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  • Ruth
  • 10-12-2019

Where is Sarah Coomes?

Where is Sarah Coomes? I’m sure Jane Casey has written another great addition to the series, but this replacement narrator on book 8, is not Maeve. What a disappointment. Caroline Lennon may be a great narrator for other series/books but not for this one.

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  • Leigh ~ books.tea.and.me
  • 19-04-2019

Great as always

A brilliant crime novel narrated really well. This is book 8 in a series, but can be listened to as a stand-alone.

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  • Mairead Perry
  • 24-08-2020

Top class !

Jane Casey is absolutely the best crime writer for me so far. Don’t want the Kerrigan series to end. The plots and schemes and the sarcasm and and jokes are all amazing unexpected and nail biting, from the personal sagas to the actual criminals. The narrator is top class I can’t put the book down and can’t wait to start the next one when I finish Thank you Jane Casey 👍

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  • A. McKechnie
  • 04-05-2019

Unbelievable and even the narrator sounds bored

This series started off as a fairly authentic police procedural. Now it has drifted into fantastically coincidental story lines and lost any sense of reality. The characters have tuned into caricatures. Even the narrator sounds like she is having teeth pulled.

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  • Ann D
  • 28-04-2019

Another great book in the series

I didn’t like this one quite as much as the others in the series, but it is still a great listen/read. As always with Jane Casey. The characters are richly drawn and the story beautifully written. Caroline Lennon’s narration is, as always, faultless.

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  • SandraL
  • 24-09-2020

Brilliant

This is the eighth book in this superior police procedural series. Jane Casey, as always delivers a well written, complex, twisty-turny tale. I say this every time I review a book in this series, but I love Maeve, and her relationship with her partner, Josh Derwent. The narration by Caroline Lennon is brilliant and brings Maeve and the story alive.

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  • Mrs CJ
  • 13-02-2020

Such a good series

However I do wish the author wouldn’t let MK keep going off on her own, without letting anyone know what she’s found out. It never ends well. Having said that I’m still looking forward to the next story!

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  • Carrie
  • 15-10-2019

Brilliant again

Really super book, one of my favourite Maeve Kerrigan books, it was nice to have a bit of reference to Rob other than Maeve moping around as I keep hoping they will get back together or she will move on

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  • Annie
  • 16-09-2019

Jane Casey never disappoints

Yet another excellent Kerrigan/Derwent detective novel. Characters continue to develop, the police procedural details appear to be accurate and I didn't guess the murderer before he/she was revealed. Beautifully read as usual by Caroline Lennon. Hope it won't be too long before the next one

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  • Dibdob
  • 04-08-2019

Cruel Acts

the usual brilliant quality! amazing story, love the characters..Kerrigan and Derwent x can t wait for the next book.

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  • Us Baldings
  • 07-06-2019

Love it

I’ve listened to the series and I think I enjoyed this one the most. I really like the characters and although as thrillers tend to be, it’s a bit formulaic, it’s still gripping and rattled along at a rapid rate.