THE NEW NOVEL IN THE MILLION-COPY SELLING DETECTIVE GERALDINE STEEL SERIES
An inoffensive man is murdered in a seemingly motiveless attack. Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel and her team are baffled, until DNA from an apparent stranger is discovered on the victim’s body.
Geraldine is not convinced the suspect is guilty. When a witness comes forward to offer the suspect an alibi, Geraldine lets him go. That night, a second murder is committed. The evidence points to the suspect who has just been released.
As Geraldine attempts to make sense of the suspect’s complex history, he goes on the run. Even his wife appears to condemn him. Only Geraldine still doubts that he is to blame for the murders, but is she prompted by her own guilt for having released him to kill again?
As the story races towards a breathtaking twist, Geraldine is tormented by self-doubt, and struggles to focus all her attention on the case. Someone is lying and the police must uncover the truth before anyone else is killed…
My thoughts: this was a really gripping read, I couldn’t work out what was going on. The first victim, George, seemed like such a harmless, boring man, there was no real reason to kill him. But then really that was the point I think. Even after the police finally connected the dots (or at least Geraldine did) and went off to celebrate Ariadne’s much discussed wedding, I was still going “but why George?” It just seemed mean.
The reasoning behind the murders is twisted and terrible, and a good reminder that justice doesn’t always feel like it’s right.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.