DS Jane Bennett takes charge of South London's Lewisham murder squad following the temporary suspension of her boss, DI Mike Lockyer. His involvement with a female witness resulted in her murder. Mike returns to work but he's a shadow of the detective he was a few months before.
Bennett gets a desperate call from an old friend to say that her husband, retired colleague Mark Leech, has gone missing. Blood spatters found in the home suggest that she doesn't have long to find him.
When Jane is sent to a site in Elmstead Woods she stumbles upon a sinister murder scene. A tomb has been created, and the body she finds is not Mark's - as she dreaded and suspected - but that of missing university student, Maggie Hungerford. Her killer recorded her last moments, even providing an air supply which was only cut off when the game lost its thrill.
Two men admit to having had a sexual relationship with Maggie. Both deny murder. Someone is lying. And Mark is still missing. When another tomb is discovered, an anonymous tip and mounting evidence suggest a disturbing link which threatens to derail both cases and let a murderer walk free.
Lockyer is shocked into supporting Bennett in a case which becomes ever more ominous and dangerous as the investigation deepens. They know that their hunt is for a killer with a mind so twisted that he, or she, is likely to stop at nothing.
In Donoghue's uneven sequel to 2014's Never Look Back, Sue Leech, a retired cop married to a retired cop, calls Det. Sgt. Jane Bennett to report her husband, Mark, missing. In the ensuing search of the woods around the London borough of Lewisham, police find the body of Maggie Hungerford, a young woman who was buried alive. Jane soon learns that the victim was dating Victor Lebowski, a brilliant psychology professor and Mark's main suspect in a six-year-old rape and murder case. Until his disappearance, Mark obsessively pursued Lebowski, opening Jane and her team to charges of police harassment as they probe his role in Maggie's death and Mark's disappearance. Donoghue adroitly builds suspense, but awkwardly narrated action sequences and an implausible resolution may disappoint some readers. Jane's struggles as a single mother of an autistic child add depth to her character, and the interplay between Jane and her boss, Det. Insp. Mike Lockyear, sets up engaging possibilities for future series installments.