'I didn't want this book to end' Amazon reviewer. A chilling thriller, perfect for fans of Patricia Gibney's The Missing Ones.
Homicide Detective Alice Madison has been sent to the remote town of Ludlow to investigate an unspeakable crime. Together with her partner DS Kevin Brown and crime scene investigator Amy Sorensen, Madison must first understand the killer's motives...but the dark mountains that surround Ludlow know how to keep their secrets and that the human heart is wilder than any beast's. As the killer strikes again Madison and her team are under siege. And as they become targets Madison realises that in the dark woods around the town a cunning evil has been waiting for her.
A tense and thrilling page-turner - you won't want to put it down!
Giambanco's superb fourth police procedural featuring Seattle homicide detective Alice Madison (after 2017's Blood and Bone) takes Madison and her team Det. Sgt. Kevin Brown and crime scene investigator Amy Sorenson to Ludlow, Wash., where Dr. Robert Dennen was found burned to death in his car. Ludlow's tiny police force isn't equipped to handle the town's first ever homicide, and the Seattle PD detectives must deal with makeshift crime facilities, treacherous weather, and the residents' daunting, long-established "fabric of relationships." Key to solving Dennen's murder is 15-year-old Samuel Tanner, who lives with his many siblings on an isolated farm that's more of a compound and controlled by his abusive father. Sorenson's smart use of forensics enhances Madison and Brown's intuitive partnership. Giambanco seamlessly melds a solid look at police work with an intriguing glimpse at small-town life and the secrets that motivate people.