17 September 2015.
Twenty years later, DCI Hannah Scarlett is the head of the local Cold Case Team. Hannah was a friend of detective Ben Kind, who died soon after his retirement, and she knows from him that he thought the inestigation into the deaths at the Dungeon House had been carelessly conducted. However, the case that Hannah's team is reviewing is not that of the Dungeon House but the disappearance of Grey Elstone's daughter, Lily, three years previously.
At the same time, a different CID team are investigating a second disappearance, that of Philip Whiteley's daughter, Shona, who has been missing a few days. There are similarities between the two cases: both men are single parents and both were connected to the Dungeon House tragedy, but there is no evidence that the same person has taken both of the girls.
Joanna Footit's mental health collapsed again after the deaths at the Dungeon House and she has led an empty and troubled life ever since. When Joanna sees Philip on the television, appealing for his daughter's safe return, she decides to return to Cumbria and see Philip and catch up with old acquaintances. Joanna's return to her childhood home empowers her but it results in the opening of old wounds and dangerous memories. In the meantime Hannah Scarlett and her team struggle to discover the truth about Lily's disappearance and untangle the web of deception, malice and evil before it claims more victims.
The Dungeon House is the seventh book featuring Hannah Scarlett. It is a complex and compelling book, with beautifully drawn characters and a wonderful sense of place. Hannah and her team are all likeable people with their own foibles and flaws. This is a superbly plotted and engrossing mystery, a real page-turner.
Reviewer: Carol Westron