What’s it all about: When a headless body is discovered on a popular jogging trail, Detective Inspector Bernard Watts and his team are plunged headlong into a baffling murder investigation. Why would someone stab to death a young woman on her daily run – and take her head?
When a close examination of the crime scene results in a shocking discovery linking the present murder to a past crime, criminologist Will Traynor is brought in to assist the police. Aware of Traynor’s troubled past and already having to deal with inexperienced rookie PC Chloe Judd on his team, Watts is sceptical that Traynor will bring anything useful to the investigation.
Interesting that this is billed as Will Traynor no1 when he is probably the 3rd most important person in this story. The majority of the book is told from DI Watts perspective. Nether the less I enjoyed both characters and new police woman PC Judd. She reminded me of me – not in age, description but in jumping to conclusions and getting over excited trying to solve a mystery! I believe she is about 19-20 years old and I think she comes across really well on page of that age. I’m looking forward to seeing how she progresses. It was refreshing to read someone so new to the job.
Traynor is grieving for his missing, presumed murdered wife and often derailing investigations assuming every killer must have killed his wife too. It will be interesting to see how he develops especially as by the title he has the top billing. Watts is the older cop, and the one who leads the show but probably has the least character development.
It’s a really good story, one woman murdered but the area she is found throws up several long buried skulls. Is there a link between them all? It’s quite fast paced, the frustration trying to solve the crime in a short space of time before potentially osing the case to someone else comes across really well. I really liked it and am looking forward to the next one.