The latest in Sophie Hannah’s internationally bestselling Zailer & Waterhouse series, named by The Sunday Times as one of the 50 Best Thrillers of the Last Five Years
When Gaby’s plane is delayed, she’s forced to share a hotel room with a stranger: Lauren, who is terrified of her. But why is she scared of Gaby in particular? Lauren won’t explain. Instead, she blurts out something about an innocent man going to prison for murder. Gaby soon suspects that Lauren’s presence on her flight isn’t a coincidence, because the murder victim is Francine Breary, the wife of the only man Gaby has ever truly loved.
Tim Breary has confessed. He’s even provided the police with evidence. The only thing he hasn’t given them is a motive. He claims to have no idea why he murdered his wife…
A labyrinthine plot and thoroughly unlikable characters hamper Hannah's eighth Sgt. Charlie Zailer and Det. Constable Simon Waterhouse mystery (after 2013's Kind of Cruel). Since Charlie is no longer a member of CID, due to a disastrous previous case, only Simon can officially investigate the murder of Francine Breary, by all accounts a horrible person, whose husband confessed to the killing but doesn't know why. Simon and Charlie bicker constantly about the "Don't-Know-Why Killer," exchanges that are grating rather than endearing. Readers familiar with Hannah's narrative style may latch on more easily than a new audience Charlie and Simon's police work is told in the third person but intermixed with a first-person account from the viewpoint of a mysterious woman. Either way, it's difficult to become invested in a case populated nearly exclusively by unpleasant people.