This is book 9 in the series, so it would be advisable to have read at least a couple of the previous books first to understand the dynamics of the team. Saying this the book can be read as a standalone as it doesn’t take long to work out what is happening and has happened in the past.
Before I get onto the main storyline in this book I have to congratulate Helen on the way she has developed the characters and built them up so strongly, ensuring the series is still fresh and improving with each new book.
The book starts off with Calladine’s house being broken into at night, whilst he is asleep upstairs. When he confronts the burglar he is given the name of the mastermind, Street. Armed with this information Calladine and Bayliss have to investigate the spate of burglaries, but there is also a vigilante group out doing the same thing.
Along with this story line there is another one revolving around the missing child of a wealthy couple who have made it big despite of their upbringings.
The missing child case takes priority for a while, until the vigilante group catch a thief, who then turns up dead. With this murder the police attention switches back and forth between the two cases as they are both as important as each other.
The way the book switches between each case ensures you never know what is going to happen next and kept me hooked trying to work it all out. The plot is very well written and the way the two stories intermingle made it a very captivating and enjoyable read.