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Published by Point Blank, 9 January 2020.
ISBN: 978-1-78607-569-7 (HB)
novel is the first in the Burrowhead Mysteries, an unusual trilogy set in a
decaying rural area on the northwest coast of England. Although DI Georgie Strachan has her fair
share of ups and downs, she is a thoughtful, unpretentious person who loves her
husband and is not your average damaged detective.
writer tackles ‘false memory syndrome.’ This is a psychological condition in which
the identity or interpersonal relationships of a person centres on a memory of
traumatic experiences that is objectively false or distorted but which the
person emphatically believes happened.
When psychotherapist Alexis Crosse is found gruesomely
murdered in the playground, the local police force, comprising threesome
George, Trish and Simon, grieving partner of Alexis, are challenged.Somehow the police station has managed to
survive swingeing budget cuts and closures but it’s in a run down state with out-of-date
equipment and limited resources worsened by Simon conflicted out of the
investigation.Embittered and resentful
villagers are scarily prejudiced; racism, misogyny and homophobia rear their ugly heads and
Pamila, a woman owner of a local convenience store that is repeatedly vandalised
is subjected to an appalling personal assault.
The story unfolds with a first person narrator hiding
in a cave and this sets up the atmospheric scene.Who is he/she and why is that person there?
Is it a real person or a figment of someone’s imagination? Is this happening
now or in the past?
The author has
created an intriguing plot with twists and turns underlaid with the supernatural
and her descriptions of the landscape and changing weather, brooding and
windswept, bright and sunny is an original metaphor for how the investigation
This is a stunning, complex, out-of-the mainstream
novel that’s completely immersive. I’m
always comfortable with head hopping and constantly changing points of view
because I believe this makes the characters come alive with their different
reactions and perspectives. I don’t find this technique to be distracting and
here the author cleverly deploys it to draw in and grip the reader and, best of
all, leaves questions unanswered.
Helen Sedgwick is the
author of The Comet Seekers (Harvill Secker, 2016) and The Growing
Season (2017). She has an MLitt in Creative Writing from Glasgow
University, she won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2012, and her
writing has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and widely published in magazines and
anthologies. Before writing her debut novel she was a research physicist, with
a PhD in Physics from Edinburgh University.
Serena Fairfaxspent her
childhood in India, qualified as a lawyer in England and practised in London
for many years. She began writing by contributing feature articles to legal
periodicalsthen turned her hand to
fiction. Having published nine novels all, bar one, hardwired with a romantic
theme, she has also written short stories and accounts of her explorations off
the beaten track that feature on her blog. A tenth, distinctly unromantic,
novel is a work in progress. Thrillers, crime and mystery narratives,
collecting old masks and singing are a few of her favourite things.