Published by Headline,
11 December 2008.
In July 1977 Laura Starr was found beaten to death with a baseball bat.
Now thirty years later Trish Verdure appears on a restaurant patio, where Lieutenant Jonathan Stride is dining and tells him that she was a close friend of his late wife Cindy and that she is writing a book about the murder of Cindy’s sister, Laura. But Jonathan has no recollection of Cindy ever mentioning Trish, even through she persists that she and Cindy were close friends since high school.
When Trish reveals new evidence Jonathan feels he has no option but to re-open the case, even though he is convinced that Trish knows more than she is saying. But for Jonathan it’s not straightforward, he was eighteen at the time and a decision taken then now comes back to haunt him. Which ever way he turns someone will be hurt, including him. But whilst he battles with his own problems, someone is desperate to keep the secrets of the past in the past.
A compelling and enjoyable
fast paced read as Jonathan Stride hunts for a thirty-year-old killer. Recommended.
Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes