Early one morning in the seaside resort of Whitley Bay, the lifeless body of a young girl, Sophie Washington, is found brutally murdered - her face mutilated beyond recognition.
Back on active duty after being shot, DI Jack Brady is struggling to deal with his marriage break-up.
His problems intensify when his friend and colleague DI James Matthews reveals that he was with the victim on the night of her murder.
Brady's loyal deputy, DS Harry Conrad and police psychologist, Amelia Jenkins are assigned with him to crack the case.
But as Brady delves deeper into Sophie's life he discovers a far from rosy picture.
Brady must ask some tough questions if he is to get at the truth.
Questions not only about Sophie, but also about himself - and what he finds out isn't going to be pretty.
A hard-hitting thriller that will engross fans of Peter James and Val McDermid.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 14/10/2010
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781847562296
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Review by Eyejaybee
This novel promised so much only to disappoint on all scores The novel is set around Whitley Bay and West Monkseaton, which sounded promising, but alarms beels started to ring almost immediately. For a start, the principal character ticked too many cliche boxes, having a serious drinks problems and a broken marriage and an incompetent boss who resented him. I could probably have coped with all that - after all, these have become almost obligatory characteristics for recent British police procedural fiction. However,, this novel also fell into the trap of unnecessarily convoluted plotting, bolstered by one-dimensional characterisation.All in all it probably justified the 49p that it cost me to buy it for my Kindle.
Review by Eyejaybee
This was a classic example of a novelist trying to pour a quart into a pint pot, and unfortunately the flimsy plot framework was washed away in the resultant spillage. The novel is set around Whitley Bay and West Monkseaton, which sounded promising, but alarms bells started to ring almost immediately. For a start, the principal character ticked too many boxes on the 'Bumper Book of Detective Fiction Clichés'. Jack Brady has a serious drink problem, he was badly wounded in an operation that went wrong, his wife has left him, he has an incompetent boss who resents him and an ambitious young Detective Sergeant who committed the lethal solecism of gaining a university education. Actually, I could probably have coped with all that - after all, these have become almost obligatory characteristics for recent British police procedural fiction. This novel, however, also fell into the terminal trap of unnecessarily convoluted plotting, counterbalanced by one-dimensional characterisation.But apart from that …
Review by edwardsgt
DI Jack Brady is called in to take over a murder case after extended sick leave when he was shot. However he is taking over from a close friend who compromised the crime scene, then disappears after making cryptic comments about being in deep trouble. Jack has been drinking heavily since his wife left him and receiving counselling so isn’t best equipped to solve the murder. Authentic Northeast locations add to an often brutal plot involving those living on the margins and the people who exploit them.