DC Gary Goodhew searches for the link between an old woman's terminal illness, a brutal murder, and a series of suicides in Cambridge.
Joey McCarthy is stabbed to death in a parking lot in a random act of violence. Shortly afterward, Charlotte Stone's terminally ill mother dies and then, within weeks, two of her teenage friends commit suicide. With her home life disintegrating and both her father and brother racing toward self-destruction, Charlotte realizes that her own personal nightmare is just beginning.
When Gary Goodhew, a loveable, warm-hearted detective, finds the body of another suicide victim, he is forced to recall some deeply buried memories of an investigation that had a profound effect on him—memories that lead him to Charlotte Stone. Working together, they begin to wonder whether all these tragedies are somehow linked. And if they are, who will be the next victim?
Praise for Alison Bruce:
"You are pulled in relentlessly as Bruce racks up the tension. Menacing and insidious, this is a great novel."—RJ Ellory
"Goodhew stands alone. I'm looking forward to more of his investigations."—Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“Bruce's superior prose elevates this above many other contemporary British police procedurals."—Publishers Weekly
"Smart, ambitious.... A pleasingly different police procedural."—Kirkus Reviews