This will be my final blog post of 2018 and what better way to end the year than reading and reviewing the final instalment of Mel Comley’s Justice series, Toxic Justice. I had seen a lot of positive discussion about this book across social media, and after having enjoyed other books in the series, downloaded a copy. Here’s the book description:
When life gets tough…
Desperation seeps in.
When Jonathan Giles has nowhere left to turn in life, he commits suicide. How can a fifteen-year-old boy be driven to take such drastic action to solve his problems?
DI Lorne Warner is about to tackle the most heart-wrenching, nonsensical case of her career.
With the suicide statistics among teenagers rising on her patch, DCI Roberts asks Lorne to investigate the reasons behind the victims taking their own lives.
Will the shocking truth Lorne and her tenacious team uncover give the grieving families the justice they deserve?
This is the 18th novel in the Justice series that has seen Lorne Warner, her work colleagues, and family, go through a variety of ups and downs during their investigations. It would read well as a stand-alone, but I’d recommend you catch up with the rest of the series to find out how Lorne has got to where she is in this book.
When Lorne gets asked to look into the case of a teenage suicide, she wonders what her team can do to help – after all they are the murder squad. The case quickly escalates and the related emotional response spurs her on to investigate a growing number of deaths. I was shocked at the initial response of Mrs Lowe, a headmistress, who didn’t seem to think her school had a bullying problem – that was until Lorne showed her a text message a pupil received just before he killed himself.
The laws surrounding bullying and what police can do if it occurs inside or outside the school grounds, is murky and confusing at best. The findings of Lorne’s investigations make for both shocking and compelling reading, and the truth behind the deaths is a twisted one.
This is a heartbreakingly sad book, yet it seems the perfect way to end the series. Many authors would avoid this topic, yet Mel has taken it and crafted one the best books of her career. Highly recommended.
I’d just like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy Christmas and 2019.
Thank you for your continued support.