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Published by Sphere, 25 January 2018. ISBN: 978-0-7515-6209-5
Detective Sergeant Frank Pearson is called to a crime
scene where the body of a young woman is found by an old man walking his dog on
the beach at Chalkwell, Southend, Essex. The “girl” turns out to be a young
man dressed as a girl, they give “her” the name of Rachel. At the post mortem it is revealed that Rachel
was strangled and had not been drowned.
An old friend of Pearson's mother,
Jack Morris, identifies the body to be that of his son Michael, whom he hasn't
seen for years and has been trying to trace.
Pearson and Detective Constable
Catherine Russell, known as Cat, discover that in1966 the body of another young
woman was found in exactly the same place, also strangled. A coincidence? Could
the two crimes be connected?
Frank and Cat then find out that
Michael was involved in dubious sex sessions, sometimes quite violent ones. It is slowly revealed that a
Richard Lennon had been experimented on in the 60's to change his identity and
personality, a practice that was carried out on criminals, but what was his
crime? A psychiatrist, Dr. Fitzgerald, tries to get through to him to find out
what happened and who he really is. However he is in a near vegetative state
and the only information she can get out of him is that he knew he had done
something “truly evil”. Can he be connected to the murder in 1966?
When there is another death MI5
intervene in their enquiries, what can it possibly be that they want covered
up? Quite a lot as it turns out.
Meanwhile it seems that Michael was
not the person everyone believed him to be. More hidden secrets.
Can the team headed by Pearson and
Cat solve not only the present deaths but also the one that took place in 1966?
There are so many people with so many things to hide in both the past and
present that it is a very difficult task and one that nearly costs them their
I really enjoyed this book, every
time I was convinced a certain person committed a crime, it was proved
otherwise. Very cleverly written.
It made things more interesting as
I know Southend and could picture where the bodies were found and the
surrounding areas. Added to the interest was the theories of why the Crowstone,
where the bodies were found, is so named.
Recommended for those who enjoy an
intriguing book full of surprises and a plot that gets the little grey cells
Mark Hardie began writing full time after completely
losing his eyesight in 2002. He has completed a creative writing course and an
advanced creative writing course at the Open University, both with distinction.
I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I
play the occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love is
cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for
plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots
of great new authors.