DS Jane Bennett takes charge of South London's Lewisham murder squad following the temporary suspension of her boss, DI Mike Lockyer. His involvement with a female witness resulted in her murder. Mike returns to work but he's a shadow of the detective he was a few months before.
Bennett gets a desperate call from an old friend to say that her husband, retired colleague Mark Leech, has gone missing. Blood spatters found in the home suggest that she doesn't have long to find him.
When Jane is sent to a site in Elmstead Woods she stumbles upon a sinister murder scene. A tomb has been created, and the body she finds is not Mark's - as she dreaded and suspected - but that of missing university student, Maggie Hungerford. Her killer recorded her last moments, even providing an air supply which was only cut off when the game lost its thrill.
Two men admit to having had a sexual relationship with Maggie. Both deny murder. Someone is lying. And Mark is still missing. When another tomb is discovered, an anonymous tip and mounting evidence suggest a disturbing link which threatens to derail both cases and let a murderer walk free.
Lockyer is shocked into supporting Bennett in a case which becomes ever more ominous and dangerous as the investigation deepens. They know that their hunt is for a killer with a mind so twisted that he, or she, is likely to stop at nothing.
Firstly thanks you to Netgalley and the Publishers for my review copy of this book.
I recently read the first book in this series, Never look back, so here am now having just finished the second one. I will also say a big thank you to @bookaddictShaun, whose review of this book prompted me into buying the first book.
So book two with Mike Lockyer and Ds Jane Bennett. Starts off with a body. A body that has been buried alive. I couldn’t think of a worse way to die. The fear you must go through, knowing that you are not going to leave the enclosed space you are stuck in.
So what Jane needs to discover is who put her there and Why? But alongside this an ex copper has gone missing. The only clues they have is his blood in his kitchen. So what has happened to him, where has he gone?
Jane is also running on guilt. A single mother who due to her work commitments is relying heavily on her mother looking after her autistic son. The guilt of not spending enough time with him, not being home to put him to bed. Again!
The relationship between Mike and Jane in this book is a little strained in parts. They need to work on there working friendship to enable them to get on with these cases and move forward. If they are going to solve these cases, surely it is better to do it together than alone.
There is enough going on in this book to keep you interested. It really is a gripping read, a little disturbing in parts but brilliantly put together. Very well written.
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