From New York Times bestselling author Gilly Macmillan comes this original, chilling and twisty mystery about two shocking murder cases twenty years apart, and the threads that bind them.
Twenty years ago, eleven-year-olds Charlie Paige and Scott Ashby were murdered in the city of Bristol, their bodies dumped near a dog racing track. A man was convicted of the brutal crime, but decades later, questions still linger.
For his whole life, filmmaker Cody Swift has been haunted by the deaths of his childhood best friends. The loose ends of the police investigation consume him so much that he decides to return to Bristol in search of answers. Hoping to uncover new evidence, and to encourage those who may be keeping long-buried secrets to speak up, Cody starts a podcast to record his findings. But there are many people who don’t want the case—along with old wounds—reopened so many years after the tragedy, especially Charlie’s mother, Jess, who decides to take matters into her own hands.
When a long-dead body is found in the same location the boys were left decades before, the disturbing discovery launches another murder investigation. Now Detective John Fletcher, the investigator on the original case, must reopen his dusty files and decide if the two murders are linked. With his career at risk, the clock is ticking and lives are in jeopardy…
Podcaster Cody Swift, the protagonist of this exceptional psychological thriller from Edgar-finalist Macmillan (What She Knew), was best friends with two boys 11-year-old Scott Ashby and 10-year-old Charlie Paige who were beaten to death in Bristol, England, in 1996. In February 2017, Sidney Noyce, a mentally challenged adult who was convicted of the killings, commits suicide in prison. Two months later, Cody returns to Bristol to reexamine the murders in a series of podcasts that raise doubts about Sidney's guilt. The people he angers include Jess Paige, Charlie's mother, who turns to wealthy Felix Abernathy to control Cody's probing; Det. Supt. Howard Smail, whose career was ended by the case; and Det. Insp. John Fletcher, who built the case against Sidney. The podcasts draw increasing threats as Cody's interviews reveal more and more new details. Macmillan skillfully marries this information with revealing scenes from the original investigation. A brilliantly clever ending caps this riveting thriller. Macmillan remains a writer to watch.
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Why animals again
I don’t understand the constant need to involve animal abuse to shock and revolt readers. Is there not enough imagination to create horror without scarring us? I liked the book but this affected my rating.