When forensic psychiatrist Dr Claire Roget
receives a call from DS Zed Willard it comes as something as a surprise as they
haven’t always seen eye to eye in the times they have met over previous cases. Hesitantly he explains that the killer Jonah
Kobi who is currently serving four life sentences for the killing of four
schoolgirls has always denied killing a fifth schoolgirl, and that he, Zed, is sure
that he did it. Zed is equally certain that
Kobi is keeping back that information as his last card. Could Claire, as a
psychiatrist find the right approach to get the truth out of him. He tells her
she is his last hope.
It's been six years since fourteen-year-old Marvel Trustrom
went missing, and her body never found. Now Marvel's father Tom Trustom, is terminally
ill and is desperate to know what happened to his daughter before he dies.
Before speaking with Kobi Claire researches his background,
giving her a long list of people, she feels that should speak with before attempting
to tackle the huge job that DS Zed Willard has asked her to do. Marvel’s family are all reluctant to talk with
Claire. Most are hostile – saying they
have put it behind them and are getting on with their lives.
Claire’s first meeting with Kobi is non-productive he is arrogant,
and narcissistic. He denies killing Marvel saying she wasn’t his type. Claire
is aware that he will continue to see her as he is enjoying the attention. Can
she by her questions lure him into giving himself away. But as the meetings
continue Kobi begins to make hints deflecting the attention away from himself, but by doing so ensuring that Claire continues
to visit him. Soon Claire is drawn into a battle of minds with a dangerous
But Kobi isn’t Claire only problem. She works at Greatbach Secure Psychiatric Unit
with several unpredictable patients one in particular is causing her a great
deal of concern. Her registrar Australian Simon Bracknell is also her lodger.
Which as been working well for them both, but then a complication arises which also
Grant, her ex-partner, who one day without warning left the house
they shared and never contacted her, is now back in touch. Six months passed before
she learned of the reason why he left, and now that reason is no longer a problem,
he wants to share her life again. Although Claire can see a possible further problem on the horizon, she
is clearly still in love with him. However, despite the feelings that he rekindles
in her, I found it difficult to warm to him. Will she, won't she?
This is the third book in the Claire Roget series and although
it works perfectly as a standalone, I urge you to read the two earlier ones. To this end I have been circumspect in not
giving to much away, regarding Claire’s personal life.
As with all previous books by Masters, it is cleverly and intricately
plotted. There are clues and red herrings, and the characters are well-drawn. This
book is most highly recommended.
Reviewer: Lizzie Sirett