Call it mother’s intuition, but I knew she was dead the moment she was late home. As I listened to her phone ring and ring, that’s when I knew for sure. My little girl was gone.
Twenty years ago, Sophie Nicoll never came home from school. Days later her body was found in a shallow grave on a remote farm a few miles from her hometown. Two boys from her school were found guilty. The press called the boys evil. Sophie’s family wanted them dead. The judge promised they’d never walk free.
Two decades later and schoolgirl Shannon Ross has vanished from a small town in the Scottish Highlands.
It’s Detective Jessie Blake’s first big case since she joined Perthshire Police. Having recently arrived from London, Jessie lives in fear of people finding out about her past and her reasons for moving north.
When Shannon’s body is found in the river on the outskirts of Inverlochty, Jessie discovers she’s not the only one with something to hide. As the small community begins to crack under pressure, people begin to point fingers. And soon, the big secrets hidden within the small town are revealed – with devastating consequences.
I have to say the author made me work hard in the beginning. It means that I needed all my concentration because there were a lot of characters and it took some time to place them in the story. Once I had given them their rightful place in my mind I was really sucked into the book.
The author takes us from the past to the present and back again. To me both storylines were equally fascinating but sometimes I had the feeling there was a little leap and I did not always quite understand how we went from A to B.
I really enjoyed the book and I did not have the faintest idea who the culprit was. I am looking forward to the sequel. DI Blake piqued my interest. There is more to her than the eye can see and that adds to the reading pleasure.
A good begining to a new series that is worth following. 4 stars.
Thank you, Kerry Watts, Bookouture and Netgalley.
About the author
Kerry Watts was born and grew up in a small town in the East of Scotland where she still lives today. She is always writing and carries a little notebook and pen with her wherever she goes because at her age ideas need to be captured before they disappear.
Kerry specialises in crime fiction because she enjoys pushing the boundaries of what it is to be human. The nature versus nurture debate
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