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Wednesday, 6 November 2013
‘The Backs’ by Alison Bruce
It is seven years since the murder of Becca Osborne, and her sister Jane had vowed never to return to Cambridge, but suddenly fate intervenes and against her will Jane finds herself back in the place that holds bad memories.
DC Gary Goodhew is investigating a burning car that leads to the discovery of a dead body.
Despite his murder investigation he is also looking into several report from drivers of a dishevelled blonde girl seen making her way barefoot on the outskirts of Cambridge, who looks as though she had been assaulted.
Whilst pursuing these three seemingly unrelated incidents Gary learns that the man convicted of Becca Osborne’s murder is now out on parole and has been seen in the vicinity of Jane Osborne, protesting his innocence of the crime. Although not one of the original investigating officers Gary’s current boss DI Marks was, and Gary becomes intrigues and looks at the old care file and does some investigations of his own. This brings him into contact with Jane’s volatile father, sculpturer Gerry Osborne.
I read this book in one sitting unable to put it down. Fast paced, the reader is drawn into three separate events, but are they totally unrelated? Then Gary makes a shocking discovery, and matters escalate. An intriguing mystery, that kept me guessing to the end. Most highly recommended.
Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes