Three young girls go missing in 2012 in separate and unconnected circumstances. Their disappearances are investigated, but the girls are never found. Ten years later, DCI Priest receives a confession to their murders from a prisoner already serving time in HMP Manchester. The prisoner is willing to lead DCI Priest to their bodies, but he wants something in return. After a pivotal milestone, and despite the confession, the evidence starts to unravel. DCI Priest initially assumed this was an open and shut case. He could not have been more wrong
The prisoner clearly had an agenda, but he teases enough information that DCI Priest feels obligated to investigate. The rest of the book is a slow burn game of cat and mouse between the prisoner and Priest. The book flashes back to the time the girls were kidnapped and does a good job of getting the reader invested in not only the girls, but the detectives investigating their disappearance. Unlike a lot of mysteries, this book goes into great detail about the personal lives of the officers and other side characters in the book. While this does provide a lot of depth to the story, it also slowed the book down and pulled me out of the mystery a bit. There are a few twists which are sort of predictable, but aren’t exactly what you would expect, so that is fun.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Love Book Tours and the author. All opinions are my own.
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