Tennison By Lynda La Plante Book Review #8

We watched Tennison when it was on TV last year and we really enjoyed it. I’ve not read any Lynda La Plante books before but I’ll be reading more now.


Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

From the creator of the award-winning ITV series Prime Suspect, starring Helen Mirren, comes the fascinating back story of the iconic DCI Jane Tennison.

In 1972 Jane Tennison, aged 22, leaves the Metropolitan Police Training Academy to be placed on probationary exercise in Hackney where criminality thrives. We witness her struggle to cope in a male-dominated, chauvinistic environment, learning fast to deal with shocking situations with no help or sympathy from her superiors. Then comes her involvement in her first murder case. No one witnessed the savage beating of a tragic young girl who, the post-mortem reveals,was pregnant when she died. The murder enquiry is soon running cold…

My Thoughts

While reading the book I felt that the TV series had followed it quite closely. It was about a year ago when I watched the TV show so I may not be remembering it correctly.
The reason I say that is because Lynda La Plante has said in a Facebook post that she felt ITV were changing the story and characters too much so a second series is not on the cards.

It’s sad because I would have loved another series. There are more books featuring the young Tennison, though, so I’ll have to be content with those!

I’m going to be on the lookout for Hidden Killers, the second book in the Tennison series. Good Friday is the 3rd and a fourth book is in the works.


Tennison by Lynda La Plante

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  1. Chantelle Hazelden (@MamaMummyMum) 27th February 2018 at 10:32 am

    I’ve never watched Prime Suspect but I do love this genre so I may well give it a go. Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

  2. Catherine @ Story Snug 27th February 2018 at 7:08 am

    I used to love watching Prime Suspect, it’s interesting to hear that there’s a book telling Tennison’s backstory.


  3. Sarah MumofThree World 27th February 2018 at 6:31 am

    I’ve never watched Prime Suspect, but I know it’s a well-loved series and would almost certainly have been right up my street! This definitely sounds like my sort of book.

  4. mumjd 26th February 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Loved watching Prime Suspect, so definitely need to add this to my reading list #readwithme

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