Westford Police Department along with Detectives Annie Macpherson and her husband Dave Ellison have at last arrested Lyndsey Daley a known serial killer. She is in custody awaiting sentencing.
News comes in of her being transferred to a secure unit in hospital after an attack by one of the other female inmates. Annie and others at Westford are immediately suspicious that she engineered the attack as part of an elaborate escape plan. All too soon their fears are realised. When the team are then contacted by F.B.I. Agents it is revealed that Lyndsey has killed more people than at first thought and mainly men. She would befriend them and when they refused to do her bidding, she would dispose of them.
At the same time Annie and all at Westford are dealing with the murder trial of an ex-detective of theirs. This reveals in his past a grave miscarriage of justice, leading to an innocent man serving many years in prison.
Meanwhile, at least two men are found who survived Lyndsey’s attempts at their murders. Their accounts of what happened make the police realise just how warped and dubious Lyndsey’s mind is.
We then learn of her plans for Detective Dave Ellison and how she intends to spend the rest of her life with him. Can the team foil her very elaborate plans? Dave’s life may hang in the balance, time is of the essence.
I found the great interaction between the characters really absorbing. It is also a very intriguing story of how devious and determined a person can be. I also thought it makes a change to read about a woman serial killer.
Apparently, the author has won previous awards for
crime novels, and I highly recommend this one.
Reviewer: Tricia Chappell
Barbara has written a series about Annie beginning with Primed by the Past and a stand-alone novel and book of short stories.
Barbara Fagan Speake was born and brought up in Connecticut, on the eastern seaboard of the USA. She moved to the UK in 1972 following her marriage and had a varied career as a research psychologist, clinical psychologist and senior manager in the NHS. A previous author of non-fiction books, she turned her attention to fiction writing in 2001. Barbara creates her characters from both the US and the UK and draws on her experiences of both countries as well as on her professional background. A fictional city in Connecticut, Westford, was the setting for her standalone debut novel, Secrets Only Sleep (2005). She continued to use the setting for the novels in her Scottish Detective and has now written seven further books in the series featuring Detective Annie Macpherson Detective Annie Macpherson.
Tricia Chappell. 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.