Containment by Vanda Symon

Blog Tour for Vanda Symon’s new book Containment. The third book featuring sassy Detective Constable Sam Shephard. Published March 5th by Orenda Books.

Containment Cover

It’s my stop on the blog tour today and I am delighted to share with you my review.  Thanks to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for an advance copy of the ebook.



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…



A container has been washed up onto the beach at Dunedin, full of all sorts of things including personal possessions. While local residences flock to the beach to see what has happened, it doesn’t take long for madness to ensue and residence turn to looting the cargo for all they can get their hands on.

Detective Constable Sam Shephard is soon on the scene and while trying to calm things down gets a little more than she bargained for.

With the discovery of what at first appears to be a human skull and later the body of a young man out at sea, an investigation begins that takes Sam and her colleagues into some serious police work.

This is a fun and pacy read with short chapters, and new clues, suspects and new developments happening all the time, that kept the story flowing at a great speed.  The character of Sam has a great feisty personality, fun and with moments of tongue in cheek, she proved to be an enjoyable protagonist to follow.  This is the third book featuring this character, and although this was my first read of a Vanda Symon book, I was still easily drawn into the story and could follow without a problem. It did however make me want to know more about the relationships Sam has with the rest of the squad, her flatmate and her love life so will be adding the first two books to my TBR!

The book is filled with some delightful other characters and although light hearted in parts the author can easily flip the story line to moments of seriousness when needed. The descriptions of the surrounding area give the book a sense of place from student digs to holiday escapes, and help set the scene plus I found the inclusion of the well researched and well explained forensic elements of finding a dead body in water really interesting!

A police procedural novel that is both fun and believable.



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