Within hours Lizzie has disappeared, and DPS officer Sarah Collins sets out to uncover the truth around the grisly deaths in an investigation which takes her into the dark heart of policing in London.
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By Dr on 23-08-2015
Thought-Provoking Police Procedural
This book is that rare thing - a gripping police procedural which actually makes you think. The characters are well drawn and believable and the story unfolds at a satisfying pace that kept my attention throughout.
More than the story, however, for me it was the issues behind the events that mattered. If you like black and white crime fiction avoid this book because it is relentless in portraying all sides from a balanced, if at times jaded, viewpoint. What really matters is not the events that led up to the tragic death of two people but the tensions that lie between idealism and pragmatism, old-fashioned police work and modern sensibilities (both of which may be flawed), and the whole question of how justice can be imposed in situations involving human relationships. In the end the only truly innocent character is the small boy and there is something symbolic about the fact that the denouement is the need to save him.
If you want an antidote to tabloid simplicity concerning law and justice in a multi-cultural society then I recommend this book.
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By J Croft on 14-01-2018
Slow, repetitive, but somehow compelling
I found this book progressed very slowly and I eventually felt quite annoyed by the number of times the same scenarios were returned to. I did not really see the purpose of the repeated description of what the character was doing when she ran off to hide - I thought that this could have given far more insight and hooked the listener more into this character’s story. I also did not see the purpose of the lengthy description of a funeral. But, having said all that, something about this book was very compelling and I do intend to read the next book in the series! Cant quite put my finger on what kept me listening, though. On the performance side, I found the narration unusually slow, so ended up listening at 1.5 speed.