The Organised Crime Team is a newly-formed unit with one of the toughest tasks in London. Led by DI Angie North, their first investigation is a cold case that has foxed several officers in the Met for months.
After Angie holds a TV appeal regarding the case, a number of similar aggressive attacks are brought to her attention. The team call on their contacts on the street for help. Their interest is sparked when several local names surface.
To bring the criminals to justice a member of the Organised Crime Team is asked to risk their life in a dangerous covert operation.
This is the start of an exciting new series in which a fab team of authors - Mel Comley and Tara Lyons - has created a fab team of detectives - the OCT or the 'Organised Crime Team'. Comprising some interesting/diverse characters, the OCT is lead by DCI Angela (Angie) North - a bold character that is as headstrong, fearless and feisty as Lorne Simpkins and Sally Parker from Mel Comley's other book series are.
Young women are opening their doors to strangers and viciously attacked and murdered at their homes. Without any chance of getting acquainted to her new team, Angie is handed over this case - her first one at the helm of the team. She is immediately faced with a double challenge because apart from solving these murders, and quickly, she has to adjust herself to her new team (which at the moment are almost complete strangers to her and to each other) and identify their strengths, weaknesses and demands.
The investigation leads Angie and her team to a gang of unscrupulous criminals - people you don't want to mess with, ever. How can she tackle these crooks? Will she be capable of co-ordinating her new team's efforts and talents in the best possible way to solve this case? Even though she doesn't know her new team members that well yet? And above all, will she be able to prove her superior that she's up to her new role?
As per Mel Comley's and Tara Lyons's previous books which I've read and enjoyed, The Caller is a very gripping read full of twists and turns and non-stop action. I liked the way all team members are introduced to us at the beginning of the book - I think this is a brilliant idea as while reading, I felt as if these were characters I've been reading about for ages.
I found myself hating those nasty criminals with all my heart. The murder/attack scenes made me cringe and have turned my blood cold as they are very realistic. And oh! I have also been reminded of some important life lessons which though basic, I frequently ignore: Do not be too trustful. Do not open the door before looking through the peephole or from behind blinds. And don't give personal details over the phone.
This book was like going on an adrenaline-fuelled, roller-coaster ride you want to experience again as soon as you touch your feet back to the ground. Now I can't wait to set off again with Angie and the OCT on their next investigation.
With thanks to both authors for an ARC of this book.