A compelling novel of suspense, and an intriguing new departure for much-loved saga writer Rosie Harris.
Maureen Flynn has a secret. Sixteen years earlier, when she was a schoolgirl, something terrible happened to her. And when a bitter rejection revives long-suppressed memories, she embarks on a terrible quest for vengeance.
Meanwhile, Detective Inspector Ruth Morgan and her team are baffled by the murders of four successful men in their mid-thirties in their quiet little town, their corpses brutally defiled.
It's up to Ruth to find the link between the victims - and hunt down a ruthless killer before it's too late.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 14/02/2013
- Category: Thriller / suspense
- ISBN: 9780727882707
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Review by phenshaw
Harris’ latest, after A Brighter Dawn (2012), pits a recently assigned police team against a serial killer in an intense slice-of-life British police procedural. When Maureen Flynn’s potential fiancé learns that she was raped as a teen, he is appalled and refuses to marry her. Maureen finally accesses her deeply buried memories and decides that it’s time that her attackers pay for their sins. After the body of a history teacher is found, newly promoted Detective Inspector Ruth Morgan and Detective Sergeant Paddy Hardcastle, who thought he should have gotten Ruth’s job, are assigned the grisly murder. They are frustrated by a lack of clues. That’s because Maureen is a meticulous researcher and a thorough planner. With the second and third murders, the detectives come under the harsh scrutiny of their superiors and the press, while Maureen continues to be very, very careful. Readers will relish the detail and interplay of the characters in Harris’ devilish tale.— Pat Henshaw