The victim was his friend. So was the murderer.
Twenty-five years ago, troubled teenager Charlie Crabtree committed a shocking and unprovoked murder.
For Paul Adams, it’s a day he’ll never forget. He’s never forgiven himself for his part in what happened to his friend and classmate. He’s never gone back home.
But when his elderly mother has a fall, it’s finally time to stop running.
It’s not long before things start to go wrong. A copycat killer has struck, bringing back painful memories. Paul’s mother insists there’s something in the house.
And someone is following him.
Which reminds him of the most unsettling thing about that awful day twenty-five years ago.
It wasn’t just the murder.
It was the fact that afterwards, Charlie Crabtree was never seen again . . .
I received a copy of this book from Penguin Books UK – Michael Joseph via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
This story which is a fusion of genres is atmospheric, poignant and resonates.
Paul returns to his home village twenty-five years after a murder that left one boy dead, one a killer and the other gone without a trace. Paul’s viewpoint is both past and present. A recent murder introduces the police procedural element with the detective’s point of view.
This is a contemporary gothic style story. It’s creepy with elements of horror, poignant and mysterious. Slow pacing builds the suspense and makes the horror elements more intense.
This is a niche read, but for those, it appeals to, it’s addictive and memorable.