Into the house. Down the stairs. Through the dripping dark of the cellar. Someone is there. Someone that shouldn't be there.
As a building awaits demolition, a horrifying discovery is made inside the basement: a cage made of human bones - with a terrified, feral child lurking within. Unbeknownst to DI Phil Brennan and psychologist Marina Esposito, they have disturbed a killer who has been operating undetected for thirty years. A killer who wants that boy back.
But the cage of bones is also a box of secrets - secrets linking Brennan to the madman in their midst. With the death toll rising and the city reeling in terror, Brennan and Marina race to expose a predator more soullessly evil than any they've ever faced - one who is hiding in plain sight.
At the start of British author Carver's pulse-pounding third novel featuring Det. Insp. Phil Brennan (after 2012's The Creeper), laborers set to demolish an abandoned Colchester house, which is not "just derelict but desolate, collapsing under the weight of its own despair," make a horrific discovery in the basement: a feral boy inside a cage of bones. Brennan, who's with Essex Police's Major Incident Squad, is disturbed to find strange symbols on the wall of the basement room as well as indications that whoever abused the boy had killed previous captives. Meanwhile, the Elders (known only as the Lawmaker, the Missionary, and the Teacher), who are somehow connected with the crime, seek to impede the police inquiry. In the end, Carver (the pseudonym of the husband-wife writing team of Martyn and Linda Waites) ensures that the plot twists all pay off handsomely with one surprising but logical revelation after another.