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When a cold case missing person is found 30 years later, it is up to the team to investigate and uncover all of the circumstances surrounding this person. Without giving away spoilers, this was one of those cases where a ripple effect of tragedy plague those left behind. This is story is a page turner. It’s a well written police procedural where the police themselves are shown to have their own flaws.
Whilst the main focus of the story is the crime, we learn more about the lives and back stories of Karen, Scott, Rick and Sophie. For me, Sophie is one of those characters that you think you should like, but when you’re reading the story, you really kind of loathe. Though she did redeem herself slightly at the end of Book 1, for most of this story I was back to quietly hoping she gets bumped off. We learn more about Scott and why he left his old station and Rick is adjusting to a change in home life.
Though this story could be read as a standalone, I recommend starting with the first book in the series, as there are references to the previous book and ongoing storylines. Finished this book in one sitting and it’s a sad tragic tale indeed where no one ever really wins. Already started reading Book 3 as I’m enjoying this series. If you like the genre of British Police Procedurals, then I think you’ll like this series too.
I would have given this more than 4 stars but, some of the writing tended to get bogged down, for example, a whole chapter about a junior officer's mother with dementia enjoying a visit from old friends. This added absolutely nothing to the excellent story. Main character DS Karen Hunt also gets waylaid with her one track thinking.
Peopled with likeable detectives, this book has all the intrigue and mystery we have come to expect from accomplished crime writer D. S. Butler. Possibly better than her excellent previous series that featured D. S. Jack Mackinnon.