‘An absorbing novel, one of her best’ The Times
‘Val McDermid is a born storyteller… absorbing reading’ Sunday Telegraph
‘A searing piece … McDermid orchestrates the tension with authority… After reading McDermid’s novel, readers may wish that more crime fiction would have the guts to take on serious issues’ Express
‘Torture, warped psyches, unspeakable cellars: Val McDermid sends you to bed with lights blazing’ Sunday Times
‘One of the best modern writers of crime fiction … Excellent’ Scotland on Sunday
The second riveting crime novel in the Karen Pirie series, from No.1 Sunday Times bestseller Val McDermid.
‘A superb mystery’ The Times
Twenty-five years ago, a woman and her baby son were kidnapped and held to ransom. Catriona Grant ended up dead and little Adam's fate has remained a mystery ever since.
When a new clue is discovered in a deserted Tuscan villa – along with grisly evidence of a recent murder – cold case expert DI Karen Pirie is assigned to follow the trail.
She's already working a case from the same year. During the Miners' Strike of 1984, pit worker Mick Prentice vanished. Where did he really go? And is there a link to the Grant mystery?
The truth is stranger – and far darker – than fiction.