A killer seeking revenge. A community protecting its own. The most explosive case yet for DC Willis and DI Carter.
Cornwall, 2000. Jenna wakes up after a drug-laced party to the realization that she has been raped. And it looks like it involved her new boyfriend, who has come down from London for the summer. But the case is assigned to a corrupt local police sergeant, who knows he can extort money from the boy’s father, prominent London MP Jeremy Forbes-Wright, in return for his silence.
Fifteen years later and Jeremy Forbes-Wright is found dead under highly suspicious circumstances. On the same day, his two-year-old grandson Samuel is kidnapped on a London street and DC Ebony Willis and DI Dan Carter are called in to find the missing boy. They soon realize all roads lead to Cornwall and to find the little boy they must finally get justice for Jenna. But someone is murdering the people they need to speak to and time is running out …
It’s been a while since I was first introduced to Lee Weeks when I read Dead of Winter (Carter/Willis 1), I remember wanting to move into that cottage and live the simple life. It never quite happened and three years later I’ve had the opportunity to read the fourth instalment in the Carter/Willis series. As with her first novel the narrative is sharp and atmospheric and storylines graphic and intelligently crafted, I’d expect nothing less as the first novel left quite a mark on me. Another complex plot, as with Dead of Winter, this time around I followed the ups and downs effortlessly such is the quality of the narrative.
Within a few pages you’re drawn into a storyline and location that never allows you to leave, not for a second, a little close for comfort given the underlying theme in this book. The book has a little of everything, police corruption, murder, rape, a sinister paedophile ring just for starters! I struggled to put the book down for as soon as I’d bought into the characters and village I felt as if I had a vested interest in the outcome.
We all want to see the goodies prevail and the baddies get their comeuppance but it doesn’t always happen. There’s so much going on in this book with characters coming in and out of the story throughout but as with her first book the author ties the book up neatly and you’re not left wondering what will happen. There’s just enough to tease you and leave you looking forward to book number five but there’s nothing quite like finishing things neatly and the ending satisfies on many levels.
Characteristically Weeks is as strong as ever and as the book develops we discover the small seaside village has more than its fair share of villains and nasty people. In fact, when Carter and Willis start to mix things up from the moment they arrive to investigate Samuel’s kidnapping, characters grow and their development is incredibly well paced. Never a case of too much too soon – apart from Raymonds – Weeks teases with a little evil here, a little evil there, until you’re left in no doubt who the ring leaders are and the historic crimes the village and her residents have been hiding for so many years.
I mentioned Raymonds briefly above, I won’t go into too much detail but suffice to say I had a bad feeling about him from the outset and that never left! You never quite know who’s guilty of the kidnapping until the kidnapper is revealed, along with numerous other crimes that surface. It’s all done rather well I must say, a very very satisfying read but one thing is clear, I’ll never think of Cornwall in the same way again!
Very dark, equally sinister and graphically compelling, another excellent read.
- Paperback:480 pages
- Publisher:Simon & Schuster UK; Paperback Original edition (5 Nov. 2015)