Jane Tennison’s early years

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Jane Tennison’s early yearsTennison by Lynda La Plante
Series: A Jane Tennison Thriller #1
Published by Zaffre on March 6th 2018
Genres: Crime Fiction
Pages: 576
Format: eARC
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Disclosure: I didn’t finish Tennison by Lynda La Plante, but it’s a great book. I promise.

Let me explain.

Tennison came up in the BookishFirst raffle, and I was really excited. I kind of have a thing for British crime shows. I’ve watched all of Prime Suspect and devoured the new Tennison series that just hit Amazon Prime. Now seeing the book—new stories—I was in. I have enough credits to skip the raffle and claim books from BookishFirst and was ready to do it. Then I read the First Look. Darn. It’s a book of the series I just watched. Tennison is being released in the US now but was released last year in the UK.

I saved my credits and entered the raffle. The odds are pretty good for winning it, and I did.

I tried reading it and made it 160 pages in (it’s 576 pages). But the plot was too fresh in my head, and I couldn’t get into it. I tried. I promise, I tried.

Please know that it was the recency that stopped me reading. I still love Jane Tennison and would love to read book two.

Let’s discuss the book. It’s the start of Jane Tennison’s career. She’s a 22-year-old probationary officer. In 1973 women have just started being admitted to the force and the male officers aren’t happy about their boy’s club being infiltrated. However, Jane is eager to prove herself. She navigates the hazing and taunts and sexual harassment while being pulled on to her first case. A young girl has been murdered, and the investigating detective has noticed Jane’s instinct and her body. There’s a lot of inappropriateness, but we closed our eyes to a lot in 1973, and it’s on display here.

I don’t want to really discuss the case, thus the vagueness. It’s a complex case and worthy of reading (or watching). The end (in the television series) reminds me of James Bond; seeing him harden his heart after suffering. You see how Jane became a tough detective

The writing itself is a little hard to handle if you’re used to pure novels. Lynda created the Prime Suspect and Tennison series, she’s an amazing scriptwriter, and the book reads like a padded script. It lacks the flow and some emotion that would be if the novel was written first (I’m assuming the script was written first). It’s very detailed, explaining police slang and jargon.

I wish I read Tennison before watching the television series. Darn. I’ll have to wait for the second book to be released in the US or organize a sneaky copy to be sent in.


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Jane Tennison\'s early years are in Lynda La Plante\'s new book. Well, new to the US. The crime fiction has been released in the UK and adaptation on Amazon Prime. #CrimeFiction #BookReview

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Bianca Smith lives in the cold and occasionally snowy Pacific Northwest - and she loves it. She's adventuring life in her adopted country and blogging along the way. Currently, she's in Melbourne, Australia working with a microfinance nonprofit and studying for an Executive MBA degree.

One thought on “Jane Tennison’s early years

  1. Chelley Toy

    Thanks for linking to the British Books Challenge


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