Even the darkest secret can't stay buried forever...
When a child goes missing and the body of a young woman is discovered on a deserted cliff path, DS Wesley Peterson is brought in to lead the investigation.
But when his old friend, archaeologist Neil Watson, unearths the skeletons of a strangled woman and a new born baby in the cellar of an ancient house, DS Wesley quickly realises that there's a dark side to the seemingly picturesque town of Tradmouth.
Could there be a link between the two murders?
As DS Wesley and his team begin to connect the current case with an unsolved murder centuries ago, it's not long before a complex web of jealously, obsession and revenge begins to surface.
Is history repeating itself?
With time running out, the pressure is on for the young detective to solve the case before another body turns up...
Darkly compelling and utterly addictive, this edge-of-your-seat mystery is perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Robert Dugoni.
Read what people are saying about Kate Ellis
'A beguiling author who interweaves past and present' - The Times
'Star author. Unputdownable'- Bookseller
'I couldn't stop turning the pages... Something about this book just hooked me!' - Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
'A really good read... could not put it down. I bought the second book as soon as I finished this one!'- Amazon Reviewer, 5 stars
'Very well put together and still managed to surprise me at the end - highly recommended.' - In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel
'You'll fall in love with coastal England and find yourself walking the cobbled lanes in your imagination...Do not miss this series!' - Amazon Reviewer, 5 stars
Enough promise survives this choppy debut to warrant hope for future mysteries by Ellis. British Detective Sergeant Wesley Peterson's transfer from London to Tradmouth in South Devon promises a fresh start near his wife's hometown. Peterson, a black detective with a degree in archeology, is warmly received by his new colleagues, among whom are unorthodox Detective Inspector Gerry Heffernan and bright Detective Constable Rachel Tracey. Although Tradmouth is a small town, the precinct has its hands full with two puzzling cases: one involves the kidnapping of a young boy, the other the brutal murder of an anonymous woman. As Peterson and his colleagues track down the identity of the murder victim and find her killer, Ellis unfolds a parallel mystery set 400 years earlier by placing short excerpts from an old journal at the beginning of each chapter. All the while, Peterson also follows a longtime archeologist friend's excavation of a 17th-century house that contains the skeletons of two bodies. Peterson, Heffernan and their colleagues form an interesting ensemble, and an effective subplot concerning Peterson's wife's anxiety over her inability to conceive a child adds emotional punch to the tale. Ultimately, however, the coincidences converge too neatly, and the clumsy tying together of the historical and present mysteries undermines the novel.