A beautiful model's death uncovers an ugly conspiracy stretching all the way to Westminster in Rosie Gilmour's darkest case to date.
When rags-to-riches Scots supermodel Bella Mason plunges to her death from the roof of a glitzy Madrid hotel, everyone assumes it was suicide. Except that one person saw exactly what happened to Bella that night, and she definitely didn't jump. But Millie Chambers has no one she can tell - alcoholic, depressed herself and now sectioned by her bullying politician husband, who would believe her? And that's not all Millie knows. Being close to the heart of Westminster power can lead to discovering some awful secrets...
Back in Glasgow, Rosie's research into Bella's life leads to her brother, separated from her in care years before. Dan is now a homeless heroin addict and rent boy, but what he reveals about Bella's early life is electrifying: organised sexual abuse in care homes across Glasgow. Bella had tracked him down so that they could tell the world their story. And now she's dead.
As Rosie's drive to expose the truth leads her closer to Millie and the shameful secrets she has kept for so many years, it becomes clear that what she's about to discover could prove fatal: a web of sexual abuse linking powerful figures across the nation, and the rot at the very heart of the British Establishment...
Oh my, I'm managing to catch up slowly with this series, and you know what, i'm thrilled I've had the chance to read these last few books back to back, because each one just leaves me wanting more.
I absolutely love the character Rosie Gilmore. I think the fact that she's a journalist rather than a detective really helps make Rosie stand out. Each book just shows tat for Rosie there is no boundaries, If she needs to get the full story, she had no limits, she will go all out to get it. It doesn't always do her any good, and sometimes she ends up in a bit of a scrape or two.
This really is a first class gritty thriller, and really does leave you wanting more. This could be read as a stand alone, but I really can't recommend enough how much better the books are, when read in order.
This book really does deserve more than the 5 stars given. Each time I finish one of these books, I just think there is no way Anna Smith can improve with another story, yet each one really does get better and better. This author is by far one of the best around for pulling you into each and every page, keeping your attention the whole way through and throwing in one or two things you just really wasn't expecting. I really can't stress how much this series of books needs reading.
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