Two murders. Twenty years. Now the killer is back for more…
DCI Matilda Darke has returned to work after a nine month absence. A shadow of her former self, she is tasked with re-opening a cold case: the terrifyingly brutal murders of Miranda and Stefan Harkness. The only witness was their eleven-year-old son, Jonathan, who was too deeply traumatized to speak a word.
Then a dead body is discovered, and the investigation leads back to Matilda’s case. Suddenly the past and present converge, and it seems a killer may have come back for more…
My Rating: 5/5
I had seen this book mentioned by various blogger friends and on social media sites. It was getting a lot of positive feedback so I broke my book-buying ban and purchased a copy. Well that was one of the smartest things I have done in a while as this book was…well…phenomenal! I don’t often say that…check my reviews…you’ll see!
The characters in this book full of life. As I turned each page I really got a feel for Matilda, Jonathan, Stephen, Maun, and DCI Hales to name a few. But what I really enjoyed was the author only gave you enough to keep hold of you. As I read this book, it was like I was sucking in air and holding my breath as each chapter revealed a little bit more. And then came the twists. I think I was hyperventilating by that point as I had predicted some things, but they did not make sense until the author chucked in a little more information and this kept me hooked.
I am still surprised that this is a debut novel because it felt like the author had nailed the plot, the character development and the sequencing. All of the hooks were right on target. I actually stayed up until 3am when I had to get up for work at 5am because I just could not bear to put this book down.
I often wonder when I read books, how much of the author is in the characters/pages. With this book, for some reason, I felt there was a lot of the author in this book…the only thing that was missing was Woody…and if you want to know who Woody is, check out Michael Wood’s pictures on Twitter ! He is a cutie!
This book was eery, thought provoking, full of suspense and really made me squeal with excitement at times. I feel like it is one of those books that you cannot and should not pass up reading …so don’t! Click the link below and treat yourself to one of my favourite books of 2015. Definitely going in my top 10!
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