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Published by Orion,
26 June 2012. ISBN: 978-1-4091-4086-3
The title of this crime
novel does not involve mediums or psychic phenomena of any kind. What it does
do is offer the reader is a fast-moving and exciting story set in and around
Cardiff and Swansea and the Pembrokeshire coast.
Griffiths is a keen and hard-working young detective dealing with her first
murder case. Problems from her own past seem to come to the fore as her
investigations continue into the brutal murder of a young mother and her
six-year-old daughter. She feels that the dead woman and her daughter are
somehow showing her the way as she delves deeper into a murky story of rich men
paying for Eastern European girls to be brought into the country for
prostitution. These unsuspecting females suffer rape, cruelty and abuse in a
remote ‘prison’ where their foreign abductors callously murder them when they
have outlived their usefulness.
It is a grim tale
but there are moments of humour and the characters are well-drawn and credible.
The pace of the book is good and the ending is exciting and satisfying. The
story is written in the first person and in ‘instant’ time (I believe this is
how this prose is described) e.g. ‘I sit down. She walks to the door.’ It may
not to be to everyone’s taste but once you get used to it, the book is an
Reviewer: Edna Jones
Harry Bingham is
forty-something, married and lives in Oxfordshire. He runs The Wruters
Workshop.Formerly a banker, is now
full-time writer. Enjoys rock-climbing, walking, and swimming.
Edna Jones has been
writing novels, articles, book reviews and short stories for some
years. Using the pseudonym Clare Dawson for crime novels and short stories, a
few other pseudonyms had been used for romantic fiction etc. Born in the West Midlands she has had a variety of jobs, is now
retired and lives in Cambridgeshire. Has had two crime novels published
(one as an e-book) and several short stories in various anthologies and
magazines here and abroad. Single. As well as reading, enjoys outdoor
life, travel, and crosswords.