What’s it about?
Elizabeth Black is a hero. She is a cop who single-handedly rescued a young girl from a locked cellar and shot two brutal kidnappers dead. But she’s also a cop with a history, a woman with a secret. And she’s not the only one.
Adrian Wall is finally free after thirteen years of torture and abuse. In the very first room he walks into, a boy with a gun is waiting to avenge the death of his mother. But that is the least of Adrian’s problems.
He was safer in prison.
And deep in the forest, on the altar of an abandoned church, a body cools in pale linen. It is not the first to be found.
I received this book as part of a goody bag at the Crime Rooftop Book Club last year – shame it took me so long to read it as it’s a pretty decent mystery crime novel.
With often brutal content that may not suit everyone this book doesn’t hold back in grittiness. Cleverly constructed, well paced with a sharp but vulnerable lead female detective, fans of Robert Bryndza’s Erika Foster series should like this one too!
However, the stand-out character for me was Faircloth ‘Crybaby’ Jones. He reminded me very much of Lucien Willbanks from A Time to Kill. Old -timer lawyer with a drink problem but with a heart of gold and not afraid to take a few risks and liberties. I could have done with reading a lot more about Crybaby!
What did surprise me at the end is that due to the ordeals suffered by some of the main characters in this book, we’re meant to feel empathetic and sympathetic towards these characters, which I did, however in my opinion they are guilty of murder and I’m meant to think their actions are justified. I don’t know if I can justify and condone and as such this would make a really excellent discussion point.
Overall a solid 4* read for me and I would read more from this author.
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No of pages: 432
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books