"The Hanging Wood" is a contemporary murder mystery set in the Lake District of England. Basically a police procedural by the cold case division of the Cumbria police (DCI Hannah Scarlettt), it is focused on the twenty-year old disappearance of a teenage boy. When the missing boy's sister pushes for a re-look at the case and then turns up dead herself, the case reopens like an extreme version of Pandora's Box as a large, complicated family faces its past with great reluctance and a fair amount of violence.
The book has a reasonably good plot and some interesting, if less than admirable, characters. The pace was a bit slow for me and the sheer volume of family members thrown into the story mix made it difficult to follow at times. This is a well-regarded series, so perhaps there are better episodes to start with? The ending of "The Hanging Wood" strongly suggests that there will be a sequel..
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Allison & Busby (24 May 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0749011521
- ISBN-13: 978-0749011529
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 259 g
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