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Published by Allison &
Busby, 19 October 2017. ISBN: 978-0749022662
is a mystery novel about a cold case. Teenager Annalise Wood went missing from
the small town of Lilling near Cambridge in 1976 and, although her body was
later discovered in a shallow grave, the police never found out who was
responsible. In the following decades, for the community of Lilling, the
teenager has become something of a celebrity and for one troubled young woman
an obsessive jealousy. When new DNA evidence comes to light the case of
Annalise Wood is reopened.
Part of a series, the
characters of Detectives Morris Keene and Chloe Frohmann are already
established as they re-examine the cold case details of Annalise Wood. Chloe
Frohmann is a first-time mum juggling work and the guilt of leaving her child
to go off on the investigation. Morris Keene, the lead investigator, is
adapting to life after an horrific injury that has seen him moved out of a job
he loved and onto the side-lines. There are elements of the police procedural,
but a lot of the book is also told from viewpoint of the other main characters:
Dr Laurie Ambrose, a University counsellor who is still grieving for her
husband even though she has remarried; and her obsessive and manipulative
patient Anna Williams. With these four viewpoints the reader can then
understand the coincidences that trigger the events of this story.
The writing style of
this book is unique as it feels as if it is set in small town America rather
than in the UK, so it came as no surprise to find out that Emily Winslow is
American but now living in the Cambridge. This is a light read that focuses on
the domestic situations of the characters but with a fast-paced climax where
the story of what happened to Annalise Wood is revealed.
Reviewer: Christine Hammacott
Emily Winslow is an American writer who in 2006 moved to Cambridge, England, with her
British husband and two little boys. Falling in love with Cambridge, its
gorgeousness and quirkiness and way the University permeates the city, Emily’s
first book began as her attempt to describe it The Whole World was
published in 2010.
Christine Hammacott lives near Southampton and runs her own design
consultancy. She started her career working in publishing as a book designer
and now creates covers for indie-authors. She writes page-turning fiction that
deals with the psychological effects of crime. To read a review of her debut
Taste of Ashclick on the