A police detective is stretched to her limits by a baffling case.
DS Jane Bennett has had a lot on her plate ever since her boss, DI Mike Lockyer, let himself become too involved in an investigation (Never Look Back, 2014), got shunted into reviewing cold cases, and grew distant and apparently uninterested in his work. When former colleague Mark Leech goes missing, leaving behind only some spattered blood, Jane tries to reassure his desperate wife. Then one of Mark’s shoes turns up in Elmstead Woods, and a chance discovery reveals a horrific murder. The searchers find some cables that lead them to an underground cave containing the body of Maggie Hungerford, a university student working on a master’s degree in psychology whose parents recently reported her missing. Jane and her team are most interested in Maggie’s former boyfriends, arrogant Ph.D. student Terry Mort and Victor Lebowski, a charming tutor at Maggie’s university. As Lockyer slowly emerges from his funk and begins to help Jane, research reveals there may be a link to the case that Leech agonized over. Now Jane must find that link if she’s to solve what may be a whole series of crimes.
A first-rate procedural that builds on the characters in Donoghue’s debut and includes a shocking denouement.