Before night falls, someone will die…
A young Czech girl, missing for eight days, is found in a deserted playground. Starving and terrified, she may be alive, but the horrors she’s survived have left her mute.
DCI Eve Clay is on her way to try and interview the girl when another case is called in. Two Polish migrant workers have been found dead in their burnt out flat. But this is no normal house fire. The men’s bodies had been doused in petrol.
Then Clay uncovers a sinister message at the scene: killing time is here, embrace it. It’s clear this is only the beginning, but how long does Eve have before another life is taken?
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Fast-paced with a likeable female protagonist this is a suspenseful crime thriller.
Extremism and racial hatred is the premise of this novel with graphically described psychotic delusions and racially motivated hate crimes. The characters are either good or evil, there is no middle ground in this story, and the authenticity suffers.
Probably because this is the fourth book in the detective series, there is minimal character description, making most of the characters difficult to empathise since I haven’t read the previous books in the series.
I enjoyed the suspense element.
Mark Roberts was born and raised in Liverpool. He was a teacher for twenty years and now works with children with severe learning difficulties. He is the author of What She Saw, which was longlisted for a CWA Gold Dagger.
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