From the beloved and internationally bestselling author of Sweet Little Lies comes the second novel featuring DC Cat Kinsella—an investigator “on par with Susie Steiner’s and Tana French’s female detectives” (Kirkus Reviews).
After a brief stint in the Mayor’s Office, Detective Constable Cat Kinsella is back at the London Metropolitan Police, wisecracking with her partner Luigi Parnell and trying to avoid the wrath of the boss, DI Kate Steele.
But for Cat and Parnell, it’s serious business when a young Australian woman turns up dead after a party thrown by her new boss. The initial investigation of Naomi Lockhart's murder points to Joseph Madden, the owner of a coffee shop around the corner from police headquarters. Madden insists he’s innocent, that he was home with his wife Rachel at the time of the murder. When police question her, Rachel contradicts his alibi, swearing that she was home alone.
While the team builds its case against Joseph, Cat is tasked with getting to the heart of the Maddens’ marriage. Cat knows that one of them is lying—but the question of which one, and why, is far more complicated than she could have expected. As she tries to balance the demands of the investigation with a budding romance and unresolved family drama, Cat has to decide how far she’ll go to keep her own past mistakes buried.
With her trademark wit and brilliant plotting, Caz Frear ratchets up the tension and keeps you guessing as she explores the secrets we keep from our loved ones—and the ones we’d kill to keep safe in the dark.
British author Frear's engrossing follow-up to 2018's Sweet Little Lies finds 26-year-old Det. Constable Cat Kinsella of the London Metropolitan Police's Murder Investigation Team hunting 22-year-old Naomi Lockhart's killer. The night she died, Naomi attended a party thrown by Kirstie Connor, her boss at the recruitment firm where she worked as a temp. The next day, Naomi's roommate, ex-con and personal trainer Kieran Drake, discovered her in their living room with her head bashed in. All evidence points to Kirstie's brother-in-law, philandering barista Joseph Madden, who also attended the gathering, but he insists that someone is framing him. As Cat and her colleagues dig into Joseph's turbulent marriage, she struggles with her own thorny relationship issues. Exceptional characters elevate this otherwise unremarkable police procedural. Nuanced interactions combine with Cat's inner monologue to imbue even the most mundane scenes with tension and subtext. Frear caps a satisfying mystery with a fraught cliffhanger. Fans will clamor for more.