Several related murders reunite a police inspector and his ex-lover, a forensic psychologist, on a footing that’s more business than pleasure.
When one of her cases ended in a suicide, Jill Kennedy retired to the quiet Lancashire village of Kelton Bridge to write self-help books. But murder gave her no peace (Into the Shadows, 2007). Now her ex-lover, DCI Max Trentham, asks her help in the case of a murdered schoolboy. Martin Hayden was a strikingly handsome young man who was not as nice as he looked. His mother and sister are bereft; his father and brother don’t seem to miss him. Investigations reveal that Martin was not the son of George Hayden but the fruit of his wife Josie’s unholy union with a traveling salesman who’s recently shown a sudden interest in the boy. When Josie is brutally murdered and two of Martin’s high school classmates go missing, the police shift into high gear without much result. Jill is sure the answer lies in Josie’s past life. When Max’s own son is threatened, he becomes desperate to find the killer and re-interviews all the most likely suspects. Jill’s hunch pays off in the end, and her uneasy relationship with Max looks likely to return to firmer ground.
Jill and Max’s second case is a deft combination of police procedural and psychological thriller.