When the bones of a 21-year old woman who went missing without trace in Thailand in 1990, are discovered in the grounds of an old Catholic school in Buckinghamshire, an enduring mystery takes on a whole new twist. Her boyfriend at the time, and the man who reported her missing, Henry Forbes, now a middle-aged university lecturer, comes forward with his lawyer and tells DI Ray Mason of the Met’s Homicide Command that he knows what happened to Kitty, and who killed her.
So begins a hunt for the truth that will focus on a ruthless crime gang, a rich, dysfunctional family with a terrible past, and a highly ambitious man so cruel and ruthless that he must be brought down at any cost…
Another assured performance from Simon Kernick, the book moves along at a fairly rapid pace with a very strong narrative and an equally gripping storyline. This is the fourth book I’ve read by Simon and it’s one of his best – Siege remains my favourite by far for a pure edge of your seat thriller ride and subtle references to Die Hard – only time will tell if the author will continue to take Ray Mason to places most authors wouldn’t dare! I do hope he will!
Talking of DI Ray Mason, he’s a colourful character who carries an awful amount of baggage. To say he’s not flavour of the month at the Met’s Homicide Command would be an understatement but our intrepid hero manages to find himself in precarious positions throughout The Bone Field. His decision making is questionable but he’s a character that wears his heart on his sleeve and at the end of the day he just wants to do right by those wronged. He has no interest in conforming to a yes man and I love him for his maverick attitude.
A loyal policeman, he will go that extra mile to make things right – if it’s in his power to do so – even when he knows that his superiors and internal affairs will be baying for blood. You can’t ask more from a character than this! He does have a sensitive side and this does come through occasionally, it’s this mixture and the fine line that he walks on day after day, hour by hour, that helps shape the protagonist carry his shoulders high.
Another hit, The Bone Field is wrapped up quite nicely, everything makes sense, and I’m really hoping that we get to see more of DI Ray Mason. Television series anyone?!
- Hardcover:400 pages
- Publisher:Century (12 Jan. 2017)