Synopsis: A teenage girl’s body is found in the back of a car on the notorious Hobfield housing estate. No one had reported her missing, but she’s been dead for a week.
Meanwhile, an old jar is brought into the station. It was found carefully wrapped in a blanket, with a child’s pink hairclip. The jar contains ashes and bone fragments.
Seventeen years ago, Detective Tom Calladine had been part of a team investigating the disappearance of Jessica Wilkins. Her mother had taken her to Leesdon Park one summer afternoon. She went to get the child an ice cream and when she returned her daughter was gone. Over the years there were no sightings, no witnesses — nothing.
Will there finally be closure for this unsolved mystery?
And why was the girl found in the car killed and why are her friends not telling the police the whole story?
Detectives Tom Calladine and Ruth Bayliss will unravel a web of lies and pain, in this fast-moving and gripping crime mystery.
My review: I read this book crazy fast and after reading a few ‘meh’ books recently it was good to finally read something that gripped me from the start and that I could read in one day.
Two interesting plots. A teenage girl is found murdered and hidden in teh boot of a car and the remains of a toddler that went missing 17 years ago re-appear i a bricked up part of a house being renovated. Can they be linked? Like I’m gonna tell you. Read and find out.
Sometimes when there’s multiple plot lines a book can end up with too many characters causing confusion but keeping the two crimes and suspects all contained within one block of housing estate flats really helped minimise that. I found it easy to follow the lives of these residents and each one was carefully crafted.
Being book seven in the series the detectives are all fully formed entities with good strong personalities. However even with it being book 7, there’s enough little bits of backstory that if like me you’ve joined the party late that you don’t feel confused by anything.
The two crimes and subsequent second recent murder are all linked by events on the estate and I liked how it all came together. The other thing I really enjoyed was when we find out whodunnit. Sometimes events happen in desperation and not every crime is committed by a bad guy (or girl). One of the reveals was quite quite heartbreaking. Sometimes bad things just happen and it’s how you deal with them afterwards that counts. It made a nice change from the cut and dried good versus evil.
I thoroughly enjoyed this and will be happily going back through the other books to catch up shortly
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