A body has been found, horrifically tortured and left outside a women’s refuge.
DS Pete Gayle’s young son is recently dead, his traumatised daughter is going through hell and his station chief is out for his blood – or at least his career – when he is called to the murder scene on a residential street in Exeter.
The victim is quickly identified as a resident, the victim of domestic abuse. But the obvious suspect was three hundred miles away, so who did this? And why?
Haven’t these women been through enough?
Touched by the plight and the resilience of the shelter’s residents, Pete must track down a vicious and sadistic killer before more can fall prey.