A teenager is found barely alive by the roadside, bleeding from her slit throat.
The police can't even begin to imagine the horrors she has faced.
For inside their house lies the girl's older sister: brutally tortured, raped and stabbed to death.
As the girl struggles for survival, forensic scientist Anya Crichton is brought in to examine the evidence, all of which points towards a well-known family of career criminals.
However, it soon becomes clear that they will stop at nothing to evade the law.
Even if others have to die.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 01/11/2009
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780340933091
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Review by smik
On the morning when they are meant to confront the perpetrators of a brutal rape, in court, forensic physician Dr Anya Crichton finds the victim, seventeen-year-old Giverny Hart dead in her own flat, seemingly by her own hand.In her attempts to rescuscitate Giverny, Anya destroys vital evidence.Without Giverny's evidence, the release of the four Harbourn brothers is inevitable. Within hours of their release, there is another brutal assault, with one girl dead and her younger sister fighting for her life. Anya is convinced the assaults are linked to the Harbourn brothers but piecing together the forensic evidence is fraught with danger, both for her and the detective in charge of the original case.Anya's relationships both with her family and colleagues are tested, and we learn quite a lot about her private life, and what is important to her.Australian author Kathryn Fox's fourth Anya Crichton novel is tightly written. There was perhaps a little more description in the forensic (medical) details than I had expected, but maybe it just proves the depth of Fox's own knowledge and research.In fact, if you wish to, you can test your knowledge with the forensic quizzes on the author's site.There is no doubt that this is a novel that can hold its own in the world market of this genre.Just a note: can I suggest when you read the novel you challenge yourself to work out the 2-fold meaning of the title? Very clever!