Title: Deadly Obsession
(Detective Jane Phillips #5)

Author: OMJ Ryan
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Detective
First published: April 25th 2021
Publisher: Inkubator Books
Finished reading: April 24th 2021
Pages: 329

“None of us are born evil. Sadly, that’s just one of the unwelcome gifts of a fucked-up life.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Inkubator Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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I’ve been following the Detective Jane Phillips series since the beginning, and I always seem to have a great time with each book. It’s no surprise that I wasn’t able to resist book number five Deadly Obsession, and I’m happy to say that it turned out to be one of my favorites of the series so far. An engaging writing style, a fascinating plot and serial killer character, lots of plot twists and suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat… Oh yes, if you enjoy detective thrillers you will be in for a treat with this one.

First of all I have to say that while you can technically read Deadly Obsession as a stand-alone, I personally wouldn’t recommend it. True, the case Jane Phillips and her team have to investigate in book five is completely separate from the previous books, so you won’t have issues following the case without reading the previous books. BUT. You will be missing out on the character background, development and the dynamics between the team as they evolve over time. Especially why Jane and her team feel so relieved that Fox is no longer (directly) in the picture! I’m myself more than happy to see the back of her as she was highly irritating as a character, and I much loved the new dynamics with Carter.

Part of the reason Deadly Obsession turned out to be one of my favorites of the series is the plot itself and the serial killer. Talk about an original take on a serial killer! I loved the references to the past (I recognized more than one name as I do love my true crime as well) and how everything was incorporated into the story… The plot development and investigation itself were entertaining to follow, and I liked the building up of suspense and how the plot twists were incorporated into the plot.

While there isn’t that much personal development this time around for Jane or her team, I personally didn’t mind as the previous books give them plenty of background. I always have a great time meeting up with Jane and her team and I really like their dynamics as well as their banter. The invitation of the psychological profiler Dr. Siobhan Harris also gave the story a little something extra, as did the part with the press of course. But the main focus is still on the good old detective investigation, and I always love that.

In short, I once again ended up having an excellent time with this series, and if you enjoy a good detective thriller with an absolutely fascinating serial killer case, Deadly Obsession will hit the nail on the head.


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