ISBN 978-1-4472-8422-2 (PB).
DC Maggie Neville is the Family Liaison Officer in two cases. They are not apparently connected - except that each occurred within the victim’s own home, one is an assault on an old lady and the other involves a wife whose husband has attacked her with a knife and then tried to kill himself. Maggie finds handling these two cases takes a great deal of strength particularly when she has various problems in her private life. Her ability to get difficult and emotional subjects to talk to her enables her to advance the investigations. There have been other such attacks on elderly ladies by two robbers but does this fit into that pattern? The wife’s situation as her husband struggles to survive the effects of the drugs he has taken is emotionally fraught.
Maggie finds both the cases difficult to fathom and she digs into their backgrounds. She discovers how distant events may have produced current crimes. The transitions from one victim’s story to the other’s are very well achieved and the tensions build to a thrilling climax. The central and peripheral characters grab your attention and twists and turns of events hold your full attention. The ending does not disappoint though there are one or two looses ends deliberately left dangling in readiness for the next adventure!
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
The first thriller about Maggie was Gone Astray while the next one, False Witness is previewed at the end of Wrong Place.