William Warwick has been promoted to Detective Sergeant, but his promotion means that he, along with the rest of his team, have been reassigned to the Drugs Squad. They are immediately tasked with apprehending Khalil Rashidi, a notorious drug dealer, who operates his extensive network out of South London.
As the investigation progresses, William runs into enemies old and new: Adrian Heath, from his school days, now a street dealer who he convinces to turn informer; and financier Miles Faulkner, who makes a mistake that could finally see him put behind bars. Meanwhile, William and his fiancée Beth enjoy making preparations for their upcoming wedding, though an unpleasant surprise awaits them at the altar.
As William’s team closes the net around a criminal network like none they have ever faced before, he devises a trap they would never expect, one that is hidden in plain sight . . .
I was provided a paperback copy from the publisher in exchange of an honest review
I remember finishing Nothing Ventured, the first book featuring Detective William Warwick, last January, and thinking how impressive the book was. The review of which you can read over here. Well, Jeffery Archer has outdone himself with Hidden in Plain Sight, which is even more astounding, both in respect to the storyline and the ending. In fact, especially the ending.
The book starts off after William Warwick has been promoted to the rank of detective Sargent. Shortly after this, the tension picks off as he runs into old enemies while also dealing with a drug dealer operating in London. These two plots often coincide with each other and also end up resulting in a trial, one which had me on my toes the entire time and had me impatiently waiting for the verdict. Archer often does courtroom scenes in his books, and they are usually very detailed and have an element of thrill and surprise in them. Similarly, the court scenes in Hidden in Plain Sight were some of my favorite scenes of the book because of the tension & curiosity that they were able to stir.
If you, like me, adored Grace in the last book, be prepared to be awed even more by her in this one. Grace, the detective’s sister, was honestly one of the smartest characters, her brilliance coming to an epitome in an Elle-Woods-like moment in the book. Another thing that stood out to me was the portrayal of female friendships, especially between two women who were initially pitted against each other. It was refreshing as there are barely such depictions in books concerning crime & detectives.
If you’re looking for a book with two notorious & reoccurring villains, a fast-paced story with twists and turns springing up at the most unexpected places, an authentic portrayal of detective work, and a suspenseful courtroom drama, then Hidden In Plain Sight is the book you should pick up next.
While I had a wonderful time reading the book, the only complaint I have is that the sequence was disoriented. The scenes changed a bit too quickly, never really giving time to the reader to take in what had just happened. Also while the book is marketed as a standalone, it would make much more sense if Nothing Ventured is read prior to Hidden In Plain Sight. It would make it a much more enthralling experience than if it is just read as a standalone. Nonetheless, I heartily enjoyed the book and I’m eagerly looking forward to the next one.
4/5 stars ✨
When the card was passed around the table the smiles turned to frowns, and the recently acquired gifts were quickly returned to the hamper.”– Jeffrey Archer, Hidden in Plain Sight
Long time, No see! I’m honestly swamped by Law school work. We have exams, like, every month. But I’m trying to post here at least every month or so. Please let me know what you guys are reading, have read recently and again, dont hesitate to share blog posts with me! I honestly love to read them. Take care of your mental health and have a lovely day ✨ Mucho amor- Anushka