Boyle & Keneally #2
The only sound in the forest was the wind through the branches; the only light came from the campfire. Jessie stood up, suddenly gripped by a powerful sense of dread. There was something – someone – beyond the darkness, through the trees…When single father Joe Keenan and his young son Finbar make camp for the night in the ancient forest of Leitrim, little do they imagine their rural escape is about to turn into a nightmare. For deep in the woods they find a corpse… As the remains of dozens more victims are uncovered by police, it becomes clear this is the burial site of a serial killer who has obviously been active, unnoticed, for years.Arrested for the murders, while his beloved son is sent into care, Joe pleads his innocence to no avail. But criminal behaviourist Jessie Boyle is convinced the killer is still out there. Determined to reunite Joe and his son, Jessie’s investigation turns towards the local community. Who knows the shadowy depths of the forest well enough to hide not just one, but many bodies?Then someone else goes missing, and the situation takes a terrifying turn: it’s clear the killer is escalating their gruesome spree. Forced to enter the woods alone to save a life, Jessie runs from a killer so skilled at hiding and so clever at hunting, it will take every ounce of her strength to make it out alive…
This is the second book in this series and the author created a great but maybe a bit of an unconventional police team.
First there is Dawn, the Commissioner. Even when she is ordered to call her team back from a case, she does not listen. When she believes they are on to something, she wants them to go further. And when the going gets though, she steps in too to help them.
Then there is Jessie. She has worked as a criminal behaviourist in the UK, but was called to Ireland in the previous book. Determination seems to be her middle name.
Seamus is a young detective, but that does not make him less eager.
Last but not least we have Kerri. She is an historian and a tech whiz.
Together they form a force to be reckoned with.
This time they find themselves in the woods, looking for … for what exactly? It seems like they are on a ghost hunt, but on the other hand they seem very, very real. Who or maybe rather what is it they are trying to find?
A great story with a bit of Irish history and a lots of suspense. Once again I felt sorry for the culprit. Why? Well, I will let you find out for yourself. I wonder if you agree. 5 stars
Thank you, S.A. Dunphy and Bookouture
About the author
Shane Dunphy (S. A. Dunphy) was born in Brighton in 1973, but grew up in Ireland, where he has lived and worked for most of his life. A child protection worker for fifteen years, he is the bestselling author of seventeen books, including the number one Irish bestseller Wednesday’s Child and the Sunday Times Bestseller The Girl Who Couldn’t Smile. His bestselling series of crime novels (written under the name S. A. Dunphy) feature the criminologist David Dunnigan. Stories From the Margins, his new series of true crime books written for Audible, has been critically acclaimed and the second title in the series, The Bad Place, is an Audible True Crime bestseller.