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A beautiful old house is badly damaged by fire and three members of the same family perish in the blaze. A teenage boy – Jude – is the only survivor. Coroner Martha Gunn and DI Alex Randall feel there is something odd going on. The fire was definitely started deliberately and it seems odd that Jude’s father was conveniently absent on a business trip at the time.
But Martha and Alex will have to look to the past to find the answers as the prologue suggests. If you are afraid of fire and have nightmares about it then maybe this isn’t the book for you as some of the scenes are likely to haunt you. I found this book just as compelling as the rest of the series. It is written in a low key style with believable characters and interesting motivations. I like the fact that personal lives are only gradually revealed – apart from Martha’s – as this makes me want to read the next in the series to find out a bit more about Alex Randall.
This is the fourth book in the series and I recommend it to anyone who has read and enjoyed M R Hall’s Jenny Cooper series.