Review: The Protector – Danielle Lenee Davis

The Protector – Danielle Lenee Davis – 5 stars

The Protector (DLD)

I didn’t know I needed this until I picked it up by chance. What we have here is – dare I say it? – the best murder mystery novel I’ve ever read.

Our protagonist – Sydney Valentine – is a young-ish female detective who is not only kick-ass and great at her job, but a really beautifully rounded character, and incredibly relateable. It’s not often that a writer will divulge so much family background and non-job-related life and make it work so smoothly with the book as a whole. This writer is breaking stereotypes (except the doughnut-eating-police-officer thing) with every sentence, and I love her for it.

The book is pacy and the case original, but it was the balance between sensitivity and action that really blew me away. Ms Davis writes fantastic relationships; I don’t think I’ve ever been so emotionally invested in crime fiction before! Every character was so human, and every death was treated like a real tragedy rather than a ‘complication to the case’.

The plot is a whirlpool of completely unforeseen (or at least, unforeseen by me) twists and turns, and I was completely enraptured by the entire story. I’m still reeling from that ending!

Davis’ writing is snappy and gritty; she doesn’t shy away from difficult topics, but she never slips into the trap of being overly gruesome. As for the dialogue, there were a few instances where I felt the utterances were too clipped to feel natural, but as a whole it slipped well into the story and read smoothly.

My only question (and please bear in mind this is coming from a young British country-bumpkin) was whether it was true to life to have a network of so many broken and difficult people.

Either way, the layers of humour, profundity and accuracy made this book a brilliant read that I highly recommend. It’s an experience I’m so glad I got to enjoy.

To find out more about the book, the author blogs here, and you can purchase it on Amazon here. Happy reading!

If you’ve read this too, do let me know what you thought.

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

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12 thoughts on “Review: The Protector – Danielle Lenee Davis

  1. Reblogged this on Danielle Lenee Davis and commented:
    An amazing review of The Protector! Daniela said it’s the best mystery novel she’s ever read. Yes, she did!

    Please stop by her blog and check it out. She’s written quite a few reviews on other books, too. Check those out as well.

    Thank you, Dani!

    Danielle Lenee Davis

  2. Dani,

    I forgot to answer your question about the ‘network of difficult people’. Yes, it exists. I experienced it myself.

    Several years ago, a family member and a friend of a family member had dealings with Child Protective Services. I’ve been to the Juvenile Court, met with social workers, and had to deal with the parents of these unfortunate children. I only skimmed the surface of the behaviors and attitudes of not only the parents, but other members of the family and their friends. While talking to social workers, they’d often tell me about other cases without naming names. It’s sad, really. What’s even more sad is that some people don’t learn from their mistakes and they repeat them.

    While dealing with all of this, The Protector was born. It percolated within me for a couple of years before I started writing. I felt like I needed to write this book. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

    • Wow – as someone who’s not been in a city for more than two days, this is a really shocking concept. It’s great that you wrote a book bringing some of these issues to light; it’s scary how so much can slip under the radar.
      I’m thrilled that you liked my review!

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