CONTAINMENT | Vanda Symon
(Sam Shephard #3)
03.05.2020 | Orenda Books
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Chaos has taken over the beach of the sleepy village town of Aramoana on the New Zealand coast. A series of shipping containers have washed up on shore as the result of a container ship getting stuck. Looters have emerged from all over the local area to take whatever they can get their hands on. Detective Constable Sam Shephard happens to be in Aramoana trying to get in a bit of relaxation when she is called to the scene. While trying to break up a fight between two scavengers, Sam finds herself the target of their anger and winds up in an ambulance with her assailant.
The situation appears to be an obvious case of a cargo ship running aground until a body in a wetsuit is found floating in the water by a group of fisherman. It seems this diver didn’t drown. As first officer at the scene, much to the displeasure of her superiors, Sam is given the task of investigating this case. Clues start to unravel after the identification of this mystery man, but nothing is adding up. One thing is clear and that’s that more lives may be in danger. Can Sam solve the case before anyone else ends up dead?
CONTAINMENT is the third installment in Vanda Symon’s excellent Sam Shephard series. This is easily one of my favorite series reads, as Symon can always be counted on to give the reader an exciting case in the hands of an easy to love main character. Symon doesn’t fall into the stereotypical pitfalls of an unreliable or troubled detective with Sam Shephard, but gives her reader a strong female lead. Sam is incredibly relatable with her vulnerabilities and hardheaded attitude to solving cases. You can feel how she genuinely cares about what she is investigating, which also helps to bring the reader a connection to the case at hand.
As with the first two installments of this series, Symon gives the reader an intricately layered case to investigate alongside Sam. I love how these cases always start out seemingly small, but grow to something much larger. Symon always immediately draws me in with the smaller investigation and then blows me away with where she takes things! I loved every bit of the case within CONTAINMENT. Everything from the characters to Sam’s interaction with her team flowed perfectly to bring the book to life.
If I haven’t sold you on Sam Shephard or the case within this book, then let me rave about the atmospheric quality to this story. I’ve never been to New Zealand, but I feel like I was transported to Dunedin and Aramoana thanks to Symon’s vivid descriptions within CONTAINMENT. I love when authors write about small towns because it’s so easy to provide meticulous details of the area without making it feel unnecessary.
I’m purposefully trying to be vague about the plot within this review because I would hate to spoil any bit of this story! If you haven’t already started this series I highly recommend starting from the beginning, however, this book could easily work as a stand-alone read. If you’re looking for a read to sweep you away and hook you from the start, you must add CONTAINMENT to your TBR!
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