March 25, 2018

#BookReview: Tennison (Tennison #1) by Lynda La Plante

About the Book:

From the award-winning writer of PRIME SUSPECT: Tennison comes a brilliant new crime thriller.

1973. After leaving the Metropolitan Police Training Academy, 22 year-old Jane Tennison is placed on a probationary exercise in Hackney, London where criminality thrives. At first she struggles to deal with the shocking situations she faces, receiving no help or sympathy from her superiors. Jane feels out of her depth in this male-dominated, chauvinistic environment. Then she is given her first murder case . . .

Publisher: Zaffre
Recommended Age: Adult 
Genre: Thriller
How I Acquired this book: Bookish First
Overall rating: ★★
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About the Author:
Lynda La Plante was born in Liverpool. She trained for the stage at Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and worked with the National Theatre and Radio Drama Company before becoming a television actress. She then turned to writing - and made her breakthrough with the phenomenally successful TV series Widows. Her novels have all been international bestsellers.
Her original script for the much-acclaimed Prime Suspect won awards from BAFTA, Emmys, British Broadcasting and Royal Television Society as well as the 1993 Edgar Allan Poe Writer's Award. Lynda has written and produced over 170 hours of international television. Tennison was adapted for TV and was broadcast on PBS in 2017. Lynda is one of only three screenwriters to have been made honorary fellow of the British Film Institute and was awarded the BAFTA Dennis Potter Writer's Award in 2000. In 2008, she was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to Literature, Drama and Charity. She is a member of The Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame and is the only lay person to be made a fellow of The Forensic Science Society.

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: Could have been better.

Check out author's other books? Yes
Recommend this book? Maybe

Notes and Opinions: For me, this one just did not work at all. I found out after starting it that this was about a character that is in this author's other titles. So although I did not feel lost at all since this is a book one I did feel as though I was missing a lot of what this character stood for since I have never read anything from this author before.

As for this story itself, the story felt a little cliche but well paced. I think that the page count of over 550 pages was a little much. And I think some of it could have been cut down to make the story faster (just a smidge).

The characters did feel fully formed and I think I might check out another book by this author. And I think that this one would make a great TV series.

Go Into This One Knowing: would make a great TV series. 

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