TWO GIRLS GO TO A PARTY, ONLY ONE RETURNS ALIVE
Toni, the surviving teenager, is found delirious, wandering the muddy fields. She has been drugged and it’s uncertain whether she’ll survive. She says she saw her friend Emily being dragged away from the party. But no one knows who Emily is or even if she’s still alive. . .
Meanwhile the drowned body of another girl has been found on an isolated beach.
And how does this all relate to the shocking disappearance of a little girl nearly a decade ago, a crime which was never solved? The girl’s mother is putting immense pressure on the police to re-open the high-profile case.
EACH ONE OF THEM IS SOMEONE’S DAUGHTER AND THE POLICE MUST GIVE THEIR FAMILIES JUSTICE AND CLOSURE
DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evansof the Fenland police are stretched to the limit as they try to bring the perpetrators of these shocking crimes to justice.
There is evidence of an illegal drinking club run by a shadowy group of men, who are grooming teenagers. And the team come across a sinister former hospital called Windrush which seems to house many dark secrets.
Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the shocking ending.
THE DETECTIVES DS Marie Evans lost her husband in a motorbike accident and has personal connections to the case. DI Jackman leads the team. He is extremely smart and has a knack for bringing out the best in his diverse team, which includes the mysterious computer specialist Orac.
THIS BOOK IS NOT PART OF THE NIKKI GALENA SERIES BUT TAKES PLACE IN THE SAME STUNNING AREA
Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Robert Bryndza, Mel Sherratt, Angela Marsons, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.
As a parent I have to admit this was a hard one to read because I kept projecting my own daughter’s face onto these faceless bodies being found and imagining how I’d feel in their parents’ position.
This was a highly intense novel that kept the intrigue going from the first chapter which continued at a steady pace to the end. Ellis writes well with realistic characters and storylines.
There’s decent character development except for the fact you don’t get a real glimpse into their motivations only their actions. You always know who is doing what, when and where but there’s no real depth into the why. Except for the lack of motivation you do get a sense of who these characters are to the point that you could meet them on the street and feel like you know them.
It’s a good series and this particular book in the series has an interesting plot that should keep your attention from the first chapter just because so many questions get brought up, twists are thrown in, all to grab your curiosity to find out who is behind these serial murders and why. She did a good job on the police procedures and law enforcement characters turning them into something more than one dimensional props to spin a mystery around.
She slowly builds the suspension but keeps it going to the end before throwing one last shocker at you.
Ellis shows how she earned her well-deserved reputation for excellent thrilling novels with yet another.
Thank you to Netgalley and Joffee Books for allowing me to review this book.
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*synopsis and pic from netgalley.com