I am conflicted. Filled with a deep rooted joy that I have discovered an author whose book was just so gripping that I didn’t want to put it down and utter dismay that I have just read book seven in a series. Aaaarrrgghh! There is only one thing for it. I’m going to have to go back to the start and follow Maeve Kerrigan from her beginnings in The Burning.
When Chloe returns early from a stay with her father she knows that something is wrong. The house is empty and there is no sign of her mother. The house is dirty, there are bloodstains everywhere. Where is Kate Emery?
AS DS Maeve Kerrigan begins her investigation the quiet suburban street starts to take on a different hue. The neighbours included someone suspected in a knife assault and some evangelical Christians and their very strict lifestyles. Everyone is hiding something and all these secrets have led to murder.
Maeve is a great character, fiercely protective and passionate about what she does. The dynamics between her and the other officers are fascinating but her strengths really come to the fore when she is dealing with the public. Compassionate but professional she is the first to leap to the aid of someone in trouble even when it puts her own life in danger. Her detective skills are second to none and when it looks like the case won’t break her skills lead them to the thrilling conclusion.
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UK Publication Date: Mar 9 2017. 352 pages.
Prolific reader, enthusiastic theatre and movie-goer and ex-Olivier Awards judge who spent twenty years working in the music industry in London. I love sharing my favourite books with friends - nearly always spoiler-free as I hate reading a synopsis of the whole book in other reviews.