This was my first Val McDermid novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it. A fast-paced police procedural, Val McDermid writes extremely well, creating characters that are believable and individual, no two voices sound the same. I really enjoyed the structure of this book; the story moves back and forth in time and by giving the first part of the story the same attention as the 'present day' plot, Val McDermid created a connection with the characters that is often missing in the genre. I loved the sense of place that shone through, I found the plot engaging and twisty and, given these types of books are my 'bread and butter' reading, it kept me guessing for a lot longer than I expected. I'm excited to read the rest of Val McDermid's backlist.