This standalone from Mark Billingham is a far cry from his Tom Thorne series, but of the same high quality one has become accustomed to from this author. And it is a most unusual story. It begins with three British couples becoming acquainted while on vacation in Sarasota, Florida. When they return to England, they visit one another for dinner at the home of each, and we become familiar with the characters in three separate phases.
Toward the end of their stay in Sarasota, a girl goes missing. And the police, both in the United States and England, conduct an investigation. When a second girl goes missing in England, the British detective becomes suspicious of the six, suspecting that one of them could be responsible.
The novel is suspenseful and delves deeply into the characters and their relationships. It is less a police procedural seeking to solve the crimes than a series of surprising revelations leading to an unusual denouement. Cleverly constructed and carefully written, it is
Reviewer: Ted Feit
Mark lives in London with his wife and two children. He is currently writing his next novel.