A terrifying and heartbreaking new novel of guilt and innocence, from CWA Dagger-winner Steve Mosby.
The hardest crimes to acknowledge are your own.
Charlie Matheson died two years ago in a car accident. So how is a woman bearing a startling resemblance to her claiming to be back from the dead? Detective Mark Nelson is called in to investigate and hear her terrifying account of what she's been through in the afterlife.
Every year, Detective David Groves receives a birthday card for his son—even though he buried him years ago. His son's murder took everything from him, apart from his belief in the law, even though the killers were never found. This year, though, the card bears a different message: I know who did it.
Uncovering the facts will lead them all on a dark journey, where they must face their own wrongs as well as those done to those they love. It will take them to a place where justice is a game, and punishments are severe. Nelson and Groves know the answers lie with the kind of people you want to turn and run from. But if they're to get to the truth, they must face their own wrongs, as well as those inflicted on the ones they love.
In the stark prologue of Mosby's stunning, intricately plotted police procedural, Det. David Groves identifies the body of his nearly three-year-old son, Jamie, lying in a pit in the woods in an unspecified part of England. A second major plot line strikes a somewhat lighter note: Det. Mark Nelson, as punishment for "drunken transgressions" at his engagement party attended by his fellow cops, must interview a young woman claiming to be Charlotte "Charlie" Matheson, who died two years earlier in a car crash. When Mark sees Charlie's mutilated face, he knows immediately that this is no laughing matter. The two stories proceed separately, seemingly unrelated. David is taunted by his son's killer, while Mark quickly comes to the conclusion that the "dead" woman is who she says she is. Looming over Mark's case is the specter of a serial killer who has long since died. When Mosby (The Nightmare Place) finally begins to connect the dots, readers will be blown away.