This is a very English story with a 'Midsomer Murders' feel to it - I liked the descriptions of the village and the woods. It's a fairly slow thriller, but it did build nicely to a satisfying end. The main problem I found was that I didn't feel connected to the main character. Sometimes she acted quite young and inexperienced, other times old and wise. She wasn't a very solid character, and I didn't get to know her while reading this book.
One of those books that's really hard to put down, but at he same time you wish the storyline wasn't extended by the heroine doing so many silly things before the climax, which turns out to be a bit of a whimper.
On a morning run Ellie discovers a dead body in the woods at exactly the same place where her mother was murdered 18 years ago. Later on another body turns up for her to find and both have been marked with a number on the forehead. Is this a 'countdown' to another? Who will that be? It's quite a good story and worth reading of you like thrillers as I do. I give this one 4 *