Winner of the Irish Crime Fiction Book of the Year Award
Thirty-five years ago Adrian Hamilton drowned. At the time his death was deemed a tragic accident but the exact circumstances remain a mystery. His daughter Clodagh now visits a hypnotherapist in an attempt to come to terms with her past, and her father's death. As disturbing childhood memories are unleashed, memories of another tragedy begin to come to light.
Meanwhile criminal psychologist Dr Kate Pearson is called to assist in a murder investigation after a body is found in a Dublin canal. And when Kate digs beneath the surface of the killing, she discovers a sinister connection to the Hamilton family.
Time is running out for Clodagh and Kate.
And the killer has already chosen his next victim . . .
In Irish author Phillips's fascinating follow-up to 2016's Red Ribbons, Kate Pearson, a psychologist and criminal profiler for the Dublin police, teams up with Detective Inspector O'Connor to investigate the murder of well-known TV personality Keith Jenkins, whose body turned up one morning in Dublin's Grand Canal. An eyewitness saw two men get out of a car and throw Jenkins into the water. The police autopsy concludes that Jenkins was stabbed multiple times before drowning. Kate thinks it odd that the killer or killers didn't finish the victim off in the initial knife attack, and odder that they drove a half-dead man to a canal to drown him, leaving the body where it was easily found. Phillips uses multiple points of view to propel the narrative, most strikingly the chapters narrated by Clodagh, a middle-aged woman frightened by the huge gaps in her childhood memories. The suspense rises with Clodagh's risky decision to go to a hypnotherapist to uncover the secrets in her past, leaving the reader to wonder how her story affects the murder investigation. This entry, winner of the Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year Award, bodes well for future installments.