Stolen. Missing. Dead...
Forensic psychologist Paul Maguire is up against the clock to stop a merciless killer in THE DEAD GROUND, the second novel in the highly acclaimed Paula Maguire series and the gripping follow up to The Lost. Claire McGowan's thrillers are sure to enthral readers of Michael Connelly and Karin Slaughter
'Fresh and accessible without ever compromising on grit or suspense' - Erin Kelly
Forensic psychologist Paula Maguire, already wrestling with the hardest decision of her life, is forced to put her own problems on hold when she's asked to help find a baby taken from a local hospital.
Then the brutal, ritualistic murder of a woman found lying on a remote stone circle indicates a connection to the kidnapping and Paula knows that they will have to move fast if they are to find the person responsible.
When another child is taken and a pregnant woman goes missing, Paula finds herself caught up in a deadly hunt for a killer determined to leave no trace, and discovers every decision she makes really is a matter of life and death...
What readers are saying about The Dead Ground:
'Another gripping page-turner from a fabulous writer!'
'Every time you think you've got it all worked out there will be another twist to it. Definitely worth reading'
'A powerful read that touched nicely on women's rights and pro-choice in an Irish context. Cleverly done; I felt a great deal of empathy for all concerned. An excellent read'
Set in Northern Ireland, McGowan's second contemporary police procedural featuring forensic psychologist Paula Maguire (after The Lost) brilliantly depicts the Ballyterrin cop-shop milieu, with all its rivalries and tensions, and the plight of pregnant Paula, who's unsure whether Aidan O'Hara, her old Irish flame, or Guy Brooking, her English and married superior on the Missing Persons Response Unit, is her child's father. Between bouts of morning sickness, Paula and the MPRU face a series of stolen-baby cases that parallel Paula's personal dilemma and that touch on the volatile sociopolitical issue of abortion rights. McGowan deftly integrates her primary story lines with Paula's family woes, a popular faith healer's murky machinations, and the welter of problems besetting a small police team forced to compete with the regular police force, headed by the implacably efficient and impeccably clothed and coiffed Det. Chief Insp. Helen Corry. Readers will be eager to see what happens to Paula next time.