Aussie Book Review: Covet by Tara Moss (Makedde Vanderwall #3)

Covet (Makedde Vanderwall, #3) Covet by Tara Moss (Makedde Vanderwall #3)

Audio book

Borrowed from my library

 Synopsis- Two and a half years after her ordeal at the hands of the ‘Stiletto Murderer’, Ed Brown, Makedde Vanderwall must face her demons once again as she flies into Sydney for Brown’s trial – and faces her one-time lover, the jaded Sydney detective Andy Flynn. But days before the trial is set to commence, the unthinkable happens – Ed Brown makes a daring escape, aided and abetted by one of his warders.

 Review- This was the first book I managed to complete in two months and it wasn’t even in print- it was an audio book. I travelled from Sydney down to Canberra for a work conference a few weeks back and the mileage made it easy to whip through the majority of this book in a weekend, and finish it off a week or so later.

Narrated by Tara Moss, Covet translates into a 10 disc audio book, which at times completely gripped me and at other times left me feeling quite restless and wishing I could flip ahead a few pages. I’ve quite enjoyed reading the Makedde Vanderwall series and was interested to see what challenges Makedde and on-again-off-again boyfriend and Australian Detective Andy would be up for in the third instalment of this series.

Makedde heads back over to Sydney (from Canada) to participate in the trial against Ed Brown, the serial killer who murdered her best friend Catherine (in the first book) and tried to kill Makedde too. There’s some trouble in the waters for Makedde and Andy who’d decided to end their relationship during the six months that Andy had been back in Sydney. In typical Makedde and Andy style they tend to avoid talking about their issues, even though they really want to and just end up misunderstanding each other further. An overnight fling brings them back together until another misunderstanding (that they don’t talk about) drives them apart. Gosh these two are so frustrating!! They are both so well defended that their fear of taking risks (in intimate relationships) ends up making them miserable! It did strike me at how lonely both Makedde and Andy are. They have only one or two close friends and for the most part they put on a strong persona and try to deal with everything on their own. This usually gets them into more trouble.

Anyway, Covet isn’t all about Makedde and Andy’s romantic troubles (though it does underpin the entire novel) it’s about Ed Brown who escapes from custody and is on the loose! So, in Makedde’s attempt to protect herself she flies to Hong Kong for a modelling gig, only to be followed there by the serial killer who wants to finish off the job he started.

Moss’s take on the serial killer Ed and his partner-in-crime, Suzie who is a corrections officer is certainly interesting. It’s a bit creepy and strange but it provides a good insight into what is happening behind the scenes in the lead up to the climatic ending. Even though Makedde and Andy really irritated me at times during this book, I did enjoy the slow-building suspense. I’ll probably try and borrow the next book in the series as an audio book from my library and see what happens next!

Overall Rating


“It was okay”

Covet can be purchased from Fishpond and other leading book retailers

This book was read as part of the AWW2013 challenge:



      • I’m not sure. I never finished the fourth novel, Hit, as I found it quite frustrating and Makedde started to get on my nerves and she became very difficult for me to relate to–but that is a very subjective opinion. I know plenty of readers who really enjoyed Hit, as it takes the series in a bit of a new direction and I’ve only heard good things about Siren. So I guess it depends on how much you are enjoying the series?

  • I saw Tara on an ABC Big Ideas discussion panel. She seemed interesting so I thought I give her a go.
    Covet was a huge disappointment.
    The plot was well developed enough for a standard crime novel but the characters were not particularly likable or believable. I didn’t care about any of them.
    The first big problem for me were the main character Mak being so patently a reference to the author’s own life. I was repelled rather than attracted to the shallowness portrayed. This was a big disappointment having seen such an intelligent person on Big Ideas.
    The second big problem was the number of unresolved plot elements. The author introduced so many elements that were simply discarded as the story unfolded leaving me asking “So is that it – what was that all about?” Frustrating.
    The conclusion was laughably unbelievable. Is this pulp romance or serial killer fare?
    While the scene where the serial killer and the main character finally come to grips has good tension and action it too is botched with unresolved elements.
    I’m frankly surprised that this book was published.
    One star.

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