#BlogTour – #BookReview of #Containment by @vandasymon @annecater @OrendaBooks #RandomThingsTours

I’m delighted to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for brilliant police procedural thriller Containment by Vanda Symon. Thank you as always to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this fantastic book.

About the book:


Chaos reigns in the sleepy village of Aramoana on the New Zealand coast, when a series of shipping containers wash up on the beach and looting begins.

Detective Constable Sam Shephard experiences the desperation of the scavengers first-hand, and ends up in an ambulance, nursing her wounds and puzzling over an assault that left her assailant for dead.

What appears to be a clear-cut case of a cargo ship running aground soon takes a more sinister turn when a skull is found in the sand, and the body of a diver is pulled from the sea … a diver who didn’t die of drowning…

As first officer at the scene, Sam is handed the case, much to the displeasure of her superiors, and she must put together an increasingly confusing series of clues to get to the bottom of a mystery that may still have more victims…

About the author:

Vanda Symon is a crime writer, TV presenter and radio host from Dunedin, New Zealand, and the chair of the Otago Southland branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors.

The Sam Shephard series has climbed to number one on the New Zealand bestseller list, and also been shortlisted for the Ngaio Marsh Award for best crime novel.

She currently lives in Dunedin, with her husband and two sons.

My Review:

In these uncertain times of self isolation and social distancing what could be better than to lose yourself in a good book? And oh my goodness do I have a good book for you today!

Containment by Vanda Symon is the third book in her brilliant series featuring fantastic protagonist DC Sam Shephard. A fast paced police procedural thriller that will keep you gripped from beginning to end, this is a superbly plotted story that once started you will not want to put down!

Containment reads very well as a standalone, although why you would want to with a series as good as this one is beyond me! Sam Shephard is as feisty and quick witted as ever and still living with her best friend Maggie. In this instalment we see the sleepy village of Aramoana in chaos after a series of shipping containers wash up on the shore, leading to an influx of looting as scavengers descend on the beach.

DC Sam Shephard tries to bring the chaos under control, but instead finds herself in an ambulance, trying to piece together an assault that left her assailant for dead. Before long the case take a sinister turn when a skull is found in the sand, and the body of a diver is pulled from the sea. It soon becomes apparent that there is so much more to this than meets the eye and Sam must try to get to the bottom of a mystery that could lead to even more victims being discovered.

Vanda Symon has written yet another intricately plotted tale that draws you in from the very first page and doesn’t let go until the final page has been turned. Sam Shephard is a strong female character who has a mind of her own, not standing for any nonsense from anyone. I love this character! She is written as a strong and sassy woman, with dialogue that is sharp and witty, bringing a lightness to what is otherwise a dark, gritty and fast paced thriller.

Containment is an exciting police procedural thriller that I would highly recommend and I can’t wait to read more of this wonderful series in the future. Brilliant!

With this book Orenda Books proves once again why readers are drawn to their books time and time again. In these dark and scary times we find ourselves in, supporting independent publishers is even more important now than it’s ever been. If you’re able to, please consider purchasing a copy of one (or more) of their fantastic books. Reading has always been my salvation and I think it’s going to be needed more than ever over the coming weeks and months!

Sending love to everyone out there in the book community. Stay safe! ❤️

Containment by Vanda Symon is available to buy now: Amazon UK

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