A "tautly plotted psychological thriller" (Publishers Weekly, starred review) from Germany’s most successful female author.
Carla Roberts lives alone in the top of a high rise building, frightened by the sound of the lift stopping and opening on her floor, with nobody getting out. Days later, she’s found brutally murdered. Meanwhile Samson Segal, an unemployed thirty-something, has taken to spying on his neighbors, particularly beautiful and successful Gillian Ward. When Gillian’s daughter comes home to an empty, locked house, Samson takes her in but finds himself venting his anger in his diary when his good Samaritan actions go unappreciated, unaware that his suspicious sister-in-law cracked his password long ago. When Gillian’s husband is then murdered in his own home, Samson comes under intense scrutiny but the only man making any progress on the case is the one who shouldn’t be working on it. Yet he’s the only one who believes Samson is innocent . . .
Unemployed, socially awkward Samson Segal spends his days spying on neighbors, especially attractive Gillian Ward, in the upscale London suburb of Thorpe Bay. He's creepy but seemingly harmless until murder enters the equation, in this tautly plotted psychological thriller, the second by the bestselling German novelist to appear in the U.S. (after 2012's The Other Child). Tied by forensic evidence to two other recent unsolved slayings, the case quickly becomes a top priority and Samson a prime suspect, once his sister-in-law shows police the voyeuristic diary she has discovered on his computer. But it's not that simple, thinks John Burton, the handsome former detective inspector, who just began a relationship with the married Gillian and, fearing for her safety, jump-starts his own investigation. As Burton, who is forced to leave Scotland Yard under a cloud, and his former colleagues race to uncover possible connections between the disparate victims that might enable them to catch the killer, Link masterfully builds both character and suspense to a shocking extended climax in a snowy forest.