Decades of evil have gone unchecked. Until now... A nail-biting crime thriller about desperate families, with a police detective you will love and a final twist that will break your heart.
'An utterly believable and chilling tale of the abuse of the vulnerable ... it has an intelligence and emotional heft that sets it above the usual crime novel' A. K. TURNER
A young psychiatrist is found beaten to death in the Essex woods close to a summer camp for young patients suffering from eating disorders. The camp is run by the charismatic Professor Sir Ned Chesham, hailed as a miracle worker, but the murder of one of his team throws a spotlight on his work and the 'special girls' under his care.
DI Grace Fisher investigates, but she is pulled from the case to head up a Metropolitan Police review into a cold case involving Chesham himself. Was that original investigation bungled - or deliberatey buried?
As Grace exposes the full extent of the lies, grooming and gaslighting that led to the young doctor's murder, she uncovers the terrible damage done to Chesham's 'special girls' - and the danger they are still in.
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'A brave and harrowing novel' SUNDAY TIMES CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH