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Published by Legend Press, 2 May 2017. ISBN:
I have never been a fan of ‘the Prologue’.
However, this is the exception, as it opens with a statement made in Criminal
Court 3, Leicester Crown Court, by barrister, James Sheldon. His words are
chilling as he draws the jury attention to Grace Daniels. ‘This woman is guilty
of murder. And by the time this trial has finished, you will be in no doubt
that she should go to prison for life’.
In the third in the DI Will Jackman series,
Will has been assigned as regional lead on Adult Sexual Offences, and temporarily
promoted to Chief Inspector to review outstanding cases with a view to
streamlining methods of working on similar cases.
When the body of a young girl is found in
rural Leicestershire it bears similarity with two cases he had been reviewing. Both
young girls - Eugenie Trentwood attacked the previous year which had at the
time been linked to the attack on Shelley Barnstable, nine year earlier.
Despite endless hours of investigation and interviewing no link had been found
between the girls and both cases remained unsolved.
When the victim is identified as the daughter
of Grace Daniels, who had been attending a family wedding in the Market
Harborough, Grace is utterly devastated. While the murder investigation
continues around her she closes herself off from her husband, her daughter
Lydia, and friends. Her grief is all-consuming, as she grapples with horror
that has befallen her beloved daughter.Only a chance meeting with an old school friend Faye seems to bring her
Despite exhaustive enquiries and various
lines of investigation, the case appears to be going nowhere. Apart from the
case stalling Will is also under a different kind of pressure in his personal
life that is somehow spilling into his work space.Then there is another murder and Grace comes
under suspicion. Will she be able to hold onto her secrets?Will she be convicted of a crime she says she didn't commit?
Cleverly plotted and deeply
emotional, this is an absorbing mystery as we share the pain and confusion of a
mother who has lost her child to a ruthless killer, but is so entangled in her
grief she that she loses her sense of proportion and in doing so puts herself
and others at risk.
As the complex strands of the plot are
unravelled, the book becomes a terrific page-turner. Most highly recommended.
Reviewer: Lizzie Sirett
Jane Isaaclives with her husband, daughter and dog, Bollo, in
rural Northamptonshire, UK. Her debut novel, An Unfamiliar Murder, was nominated as best mystery in the
'Festival of Words Best of the Independent eBook awards 2013.' The Truth Will Out was nominated as
'Thriller of the Month - April 2014' by E-thriller.com and winner of
'Noveltunity book club selection - May 2014'. Jane's latest title, Before It's Too Late, waspublished by Legend Press on the 1st of June
Jane loves to hear from readers and writers. Visit her website at
www.janeisaac.co.uk , where you can email her through the contacts page or
peruse her blog, 'Caffeine's Not a Crime'.