From the Number One bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes: Jack the Ripper is vanished, but Dr Thomas Bond is back - and this time the trial of murders leads straight to his front door.
Dr Thomas Bond, Police Surgeon, is still recovering from the events of the previous year when Jack the Ripper haunted the streets of London - and a more malign enemy hid in his shadow. Bond and the others who worked on the gruesome case are still stalked by its legacies, both psychological and tangible.
'A compulsively readable story that starts as a conventional murder mystery and morphs, by degrees, into a horrifying supernatural thriller' Guardian
But now the bodies of children are being pulled from the Thames . . . and Bond is about to become inextricably linked with an uncanny, undying enemy.
'Few writers blend mystery and the supernatural as well as Sarah Pinborough. Quite, quite brilliant' says John Connolly
British author Pinborough manages to make this deeply disturbing sequel to 2013's Mayhem even bleaker and more unsettling than its predecessor, which ended with the apparent resolution of the Thames Torso murders, a series of crimes overshadowed by Jack the Ripper's simultaneous reign of terror in the late 1880s. In 1896, police surgeon Thomas Bond, who was present at the climax of the torso murders investigation, still feels "an awful sense of dread when walking the streets of London." Bond's worries increase after Edward Kane, a friend of the late killer James Harrington, shares some incriminating letters that Harrington sent to him years before. When more violence follows, the authorities have reason to hope that the Ripper himself may finally be identified and brought to book. The author's ingenuity in weaving her macabre plot becomes fully evident by the powerful, jaw-dropping end, and she skillfully instills fear in the reader even with innocuous phrases.