When a small child is found wandering alone, the local shopkeepers call the authorities immediately. Twenty minutes later, the girl’s mother turns up, panicked and distraught. It doesn’t take long to clear things up, and mother and daughter are soon reunited and sent on their way.
Miles away, the body of a man is discovered, floating in a bathtub, but the most surprising discovery of all is that he isn’t dead. Despite his injuries, he is very much alive.
Two seemingly unrelated events. But as DS Harper begins to investigate, disturbing truths start to come to light that connects the man to the mother and child, and suddenly it’s not clear where the danger truly lies. Harper must find out, and quickly. Because someone, or something, is closing in and she needs to uncover the truth before it’s too late…
Weaving together the trademark folklore inspiration that readers loved in Little Darlings, with the procedural narrative force of a brilliant mystery, this is the excellent and unnerving new novel from Melanie Golding.
I received a copy of this book from HQ in return for an honest review
A twisty noir that weaves legend and reality into a compelling tale that menaces and mystifies. The relationships are complex and form the basis of this story that defies belief. The protagonists are easy to empathise with, and this keeps you turning the pages. The chapters are pacy and absorbing. An authentic police investigation conducted against a network of strong emotional bonds and powerful unseen forces makes this story appealing on many levels.
Strong female relationships, mystery and myth deliver an addictive reading experience.