This second book in the DC Nina Foster series (now optioned for a major TV drama) is a taut and gripping police procedural crime novel.
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When Nina returns to work after recovering from a near-fatal injury, she’s supposed to be keeping her head down. But the cold case she’s working on – an infamous train crash from 1964 – is no match for the lure of the shootings, drugs deaths and robberies keeping her colleagues busy.
And before long she uncovers crucial new evidence linking the historic crash to the current spate of heroin-related deaths. Once again, she’s back at the centre of a complex case which brings her face-to-face with a network of criminals who will stop at nothing to protect their empire.
Brilliantly plotted and fast-paced, Remember, Remember cements Lisa Cutts’ reputation as a crime author of gripping fiction straight from the front line of modern policing.
Lisa Cutts is also the author of Never Forget (Myriad, 2013).
Publishers Weekly23 November 2015
In 1964, seven people die and dozens are injured when a London express train strikes a truck stuck on a crossing in the English countryside. Fifty years later, Detective Constable Nina Foster investigates in Cutts’s nicely plotted follow-up to Never Forget. Oddly enough, a series of recent drug-related deaths seem to be connected to the train crash, and Nina finds herself following a trail of vengeance and greed stretching back decades. The author’s experience as a Kent police officer ensures authenticity, but it’s Nina that lights up the pages. She’s a bit of a trouble magnet and fiercely independent, with a smart sense of humor and a slightly messy personal life. Readers may be reminded of Stephanie Plum minus the gonzo silliness... This will scratch the itch of readers who don’t like their procedurals to get too dark.
Brighton and Hove Independent28 February 2015
Oh my goodness. You can tell this is written by a real police officer. Because there’s no alcoholic solitary detective who solves the case single-handedly, while moodily staring out of the window and brooding about his ex-wife. This is about a believable, real person in the shape of DC Nina Foster. She has returned to work after a near-fatal injury and she’s supposed to be taking it easy. She’s given a cold case to work on, but gradually uncovers a link from the past that makes the current cases her colleagues are working on – a spate of heroin-related deaths, shootings, and robberies – relevant. DC Foster is brought face to face with a network of criminals who will do anything to protect their empire.
The camaraderie of the police officers in this book breathes new life into a crowded genre of detective novels. If you love detective books, you are going to adore this one: fast-paced, brilliantly-plotted, and – very importantly (for me, anyway) – every single word of it credible.View source
Booklist Online1 January 2015
Following the events related in Never Forget
, DC Nina Foster is living with her boyfriend, Officer Bill Harrison, recovering from injuries sustained during her last case. Her boss thinks putting her on a cold case from 1964 will keep her off her feet. But when Nina uncovers a link between a decades-old train wreck meant to fix a high-stakes soccer match and a septuagenarian crime lord who still has his hand in London’s drug scene, she’s off and running. Nina finds an unlikely lead when burglar Joe Bring tells her that his father had been driving the vehicle that caused the crash. Nina’s past as a kidnapping victim drives her to find justice for others and keeps her pulling back from the kind of intimacy that her boyfriend craves. Ultimately, she begins to open up, realising that the ghosts from her past are better met with someone at her side. A solid procedural, with a complex female lead.
E-Thriller: Thriller of the Month
I was hooked from page one; this is a really absorbing police crime novel... Although Nina’s character is complex and sad she is likeable and the reader is left wanting to know about her sister. This is a DC you would want to fight your case... I can see this as a series and it would sit well as a major television drama. I am looking forward to the next book.View source
Plaudits were rightly heaped upon Lisa Cutts following the publication of her first novel, Never Forget... Cutts is a serving police officer – a fairly unique USP for a crime writer – and the attention to detail was one of the best things about her debut. Of course, that’s the case again here; she gives a warts-and-all insider’s insight into police procedure, but without making the reader feel as bogged down in paperwork as the officers do. A lot of contemporary police procedurals take a similar stance, but Cutts’s writing has an added authenticity that’s totally compelling. Her job isn’t Cutts’ only selling point, though – she’s also a skilled writer. The plotting is deceptively intricate and the pacing, combined with short chapters, keep you turning the pages. Without wanting to give too much away, there’s also a nicely creepy villain. It’s a welcome return for Nina (and for her entertaining colleague Wingsy). Never Forget was optioned for TV at the beginning of the year, so hopefully we’ll even be seeing her on our screens soon. Cutts’ success is much deserved, and I look forward to the next book.View source
We first met Nina Foster in Never Forget, which has now been optioned for a TV drama. It was evident then that this was going to be a series to watch, not least because Cutts is a serving officer with Kent police and she writes about police work as it really happens. Rather than the maverick detective going out there and solving the case all on his own she emphasises the team work, the organisation and the sheer drudgery of some of the work. Her great skill is that she can convey what it's actually like, without allowing the tedium to be reflected in the plot. She's also got some great characters: Nina's not young or gorgeous - she's just a little bit flawed and very real. You could read this as a stand alone, but why deprive yourself of the pleasure of reading the first book in the series? View source
More than a Reading Journal
It is wonderful to find a new series with an interesting and realistic protagonist, a well written story and a complex and well executed mystery.
Crime Fiction Post Mortems
Another absolutely brilliant book by Lisa Cutts. She takes us right to the heart of a major police investigation, with fast-paced, action-packed scenes that can only be created by someone who has experienced them herself before. In Nina, Lisa has created a character that many people will be able to relate to – a character with many flaws but with a great sense of humour; someone who likes a drink, or three, but who is dedicated and committed to her work and her colleagues. Nina’s somewhat disastrous love life is also familiar reading to many people. All of this creates a very realistic and likeable main character. Remember, Remember is another gripping case with twists and turns in every chapter. Lisa has immense and impressive skill and expertise in creating characters and plotlines and is certainly an author to keep an eye out for in the future.
Rebecca Bradley Crime
Cutts comes back stronger than ever with this book. She has created a wonderful protagonist in Foster who is realistic and amusing. As she goes about her job as a detective returning to duties following a stabbing we feel her thoughts and fears and well as her determination and sharp wit... For fans of procedurals and those who want to know how it really works behind those secure doors of your local police station, this gives a very real insight... An interesting procedural with a likable protagonist that you’d probably want to go out for a drink with.
Crime Book Club
I loved Never Forget and I love Remember, Remember just as much if not more... Lisa Cutts is a serving police officer and you can really tell in the details. The procedural aspect of her novels is always accurate and this supports a fantastically written plot.
Police procedural novels are at their most interesting and enjoyable when you feel you can rely on their authenticity. Lisa Cutts takes pains to show the collective nature of major investigations, rather than the individual heroism more common in fiction. In a world of paperwork and budget cuts, but also of close friendships and good banter, convalescent DC Nina Foster re-opens the file on a 1964 train crash and finds it has shocking links to a recent murder. This is the second volume in a very promising series.View source
Lisa Cutts has a unique voice, one that resonates with the knowledge of years of police work – and in DC Nina Foster, she has created a character so genuine and honest that she feels like your best friend.
Nothing is more irritating to readers than glaring errors and holes in realism. No such gripe, however, is likely to be had with the second book featuring DC Nina Foster. Author Lisa Cutts has plenty of insight into the world she writes about thanks to her life as a copper and a degree in Applied Criminal Investigation. But as well as being utterly authentic, Cutts can’t half weave a good edge-of-the-seat tale... A clever, pitch perfect and riveting story; being a gifted writer combined with extensive first-hand knowledge of her subject puts Lisa Cutts up there with the best and most established crime writers.View source
We Love This Book
A thrilling new detective series from a British author who is an experienced and serving police officer. The action is fast and well-paced, the characters interesting and believable and the storytelling is gripping. Lisa Cutts is a talented writer and brings to life the reality of the Major Incident Room, the witty banter, the relentless paperwork and the genuine hard graft of real policing. DC Nina Foster is a great character – fond of drink and often a disaster on the romance front, she proves herself a worthy heroine... Will apeal to fans who want to know more about the reality of crime investigation. Perfect for fans of Cath Staincliffe and Elizabeth Haynes.View source
A smart, fast-paced thriller.
Lisa Cutts is the real thing; a novelist who knows the police inside out but who can also create complex, multi-layered plots full of interesting characters. I look forward to reading more of her books.