Introducing Welsh Detective Inspector Emma Locke who appears in her very own upcoming procedural series.
Readers who enjoy books by C.L. Taylor, K.L. Slater, and Rachel Abbott will love this gritty, addictive, standalone psychological thriller.
When Carys returns to her childhood home, inherited after the death of her father, she is shocked to discover the bones of an infant buried in the paddock. Days later, DI Locke’s team uncover the remains of a missing girl, sparking vivid memories of the day Carys was abducted by The Shadow Man.
While the evidence against her father mounts, Carys recalls more of her past. And each new revelation provides DI Locke with the proof she needs to close the cases of several girls’ disappearances.
Sometimes the past refuses to stay buried.
Set in Wales, Carys has returned to her childhood home after the death of her estranged father, Bryn. She’d not had any contact with him for many years and only found out about his death from his home help, Gwenda.
She is clearing the farm so that it can be sold, but she trips over something and finds it to be a child’s skull. The police are called, they search the farm and find more remains. Did her father have anything to do with these?
Carys starts having flashbacks to her childhood on the farm, her father’s punishments and a nightmare of abduction by the Shadow Man starts to recur. What secrets has she kept hidden for all these years? Was her father responsible for the missing girls and the remains buried on his land?
The story is told in chapters by various characters, with Carys in the present and past, as these progress there are some truly dark moments, where child abuse had taken part (nothing graphic) as the story and events all falls into place.
Incredibly atmospheric with a gradually building, almost smothering tension that will leave you gasping at the last chapters. A dark, twisty, utterly compelling psychological thriller.
Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour, for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dubbed the Queen of Domestic Noir, Louise Mullins’ titles often delve into the darker aspects of the human psyche where more often than not somebody a little close to home knows more than they’re willing to admit. So far her novels involve the murky world of addiction, child abuse, serial killers, missing women, rape, kidnapping, murder, domestic violence, drug smuggling, human trafficking, and arms dealing.
Louise Mullins is a critically acclaimed, international best-selling author whose latest title, Love You Gone, previously published as The Woman in the Woods has been reissued by Dark Edge Press and is available to pre-order now!
Louise Mullins writes full-time using the experience she gained in a prior life working in the field of forensic mental health and psychological therapy, working with offenders and survivors of serious crimes.
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Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3197 KB
- Print Length: 250 pages
- Publisher: Dark Edge Press, an imprint of Usk River Publishing. (1 Oct. 2019)