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Publisher Description

A riveting psychological thriller, now a major ITV drama, from the Number One bestselling Queen of crime fiction Val McDermid.

In the Peak District village of Scarsdale, thirteen-year-old girls didn’t just run away. So when Alison Carter vanished in the winter of ’63, everyone knew it was a murder.

Catherine Heathcote remembers the case well. A child herself when Alison vanished, decades on she still recalls the sense of fear as parents kept their children close, terrified of strangers.

Now a journalist, she persuades DI George Bennett to speak of the hunt for Alison, the tantalizing leads and harrowing dead ends. But when a fresh lead emerges, Bennett tries to stop the story – plunging Catherine into a world of buried secrets and revelations.

Crime & Thrillers
May 22

Customer Reviews

Val mcdermid ,

A place of execution

Fantastic read 5 stars

StaffordSteve ,

Excellent, but ...

I’ve read this and listened to the audiobook version twice, so I think I am now able to put thoughts to paper (as we used to say). I still think this is excellent, the slowness of certain parts of the first book giving a useful corrective to the speed by which Conan Doyle had Sherlock Holmes solve so many crimes. I particularly enjoy the setting, as I’ve walked the area between Buxton and Matlock since I was a lad sixty years ago. I was just north of Longnor the weekend after the “Beast from the East” hit and saw how bleak this area can be. Coming back to the story it is fascinating to see McDermid’s skill as a magician misdirecting the reader again and again. My only qualm is the almost Agatha Christie rush to draw it all together at the end. After such a long drawn out narrative it all seemed to come together just that bit too rapidly, as if the writer had suddenly lost interest, a problem I’ve found with other novels where I turn the page expecting a further chapter where actions will bring things together only to find a Poirot-like exposition wrap things up at full pelt. But this is still a magnificent story, far more than a who-done-it/who-really-done-it.

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