As he scanned the glade, his stomach lurched. One, two, three, four. Five, counting the mound of earth disturbed under the tent. Somebody had cleared the earth of its natural layer and sown their own flowers. In five places. Five graves.
A young woman, Fiona Holland, has gone missing from a small Irish village. A search is mounted, but there are whispers. Fiona had a wild reputation. Was she abducted, or has she run away?
A week later, a gruesome discovery is made in the woods at Ireland's most scenic beauty spot - the valley of Glendalough. The bodies are all young women who disappeared in recent years. D.I. Tom Reynolds and his team are faced with the toughest case of their careers - a serial killer, who hunts vulnerable women, and holds his victims captive before he ends their lives.
Soon the race is on to find Fiona Holland before it's too late. . .
PRAISE FOR JO SPAIN'S TOM REYNOLDS SERIES
'Absolutely my comfort reading' Ann Cleeves
'Had me hooked from the first few pages' 5* reader review
'A stunning read' Woman's Way
'It's got everything: mystery, suspense, romance' 5* reader review
'Refreshing and full of twists' Express
'Another great read from Jo Spain' 5* reader review
'Clever, pacey, compulsive' Sunday Mirror
'Absolutely excellent' 5* reader review
'Expertly crafted, deeply immersive and timely' Irish Independent
The discovery of the bodies of five young women, all strangled, buried in a valley south of Dublin kick-starts Spain's capable third mystery featuring Det. Insp. Tom Reynolds of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (after 2019's Beneath the Surface). Uncommon blue flowers planted around the graves, which a botanist determines come from Ireland's southwest, lead the police to deduce that the killer may be a sales representative for a gardening company. Meanwhile, 19-year-old Fiona Holland goes missing while walking home from a bar in a village outside Dublin. With the autopsy reports showing that the five murder victims were each held captive for a short time, Tom and his team are under the gun to locate Fiona as soon as possible, in the hope the killer has her and she's still alive. A touching subplot concerning Tom's friend Sean McGuinness, a former NBCI chief superintendent whose wife has Alzheimer's, adds emotional depth. Spain keeps the reader guessing to the end. Fans of contemporary Irish police procedurals will be rewarded.