An old case makes Detective Inspector Louisa Smith some new enemies in this spellbinding second installment of New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Haynes's Briarstone crime series that combines literary suspense and page-turning thrills.Read more...
An old case makes Detective Inspector Louisa Smith some new enemies in this spellbinding second installment of New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Haynes's Briarstone crime series that combines literary suspense and page-turning thrills.
Ten years ago, 15-year-old Scarlett Rainsford vanished while on a family holiday in Greece. Was she abducted, or did she run away from her severely dysfunctional family? Lou Smith worked the case as a police constable, and failing to find Scarlett has been one of the biggest regrets of her career. No one is more shocked than Lou to learn that Scarlett has unexpectedly been found during a Special Branch raid of a brothel in Briarstone.
Lou and her Major Crime team are already stretched working two troubling cases: nineteen-year-old Ian Palmer was found badly beaten; and soon after, bar owner Carl McVey was found half-buried in the woods, his Rolex and money gone. While Lou tries to establish the links between the two cases, DS Sam Hollands works with Special Branch to question Scarlett. What happened to her? Where has she been until now? How did she end up back here? And why is her family--with the exception of her emotionally fragile younger sister, Juliette--less than enthusiastic about her return?
When another brutal assault and homicide are linked to the McVey murder, Lou's cases collide, and the clues all point in one terrifying direction. As the pressure and the danger mount, it becomes clear that the silent, secretive Scarlett holds the key to everything.
- ISBN-13: 9780062276117
- ISBN-10: 0062276115
- Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
- Publish Date: March 2015
- Page Count: 496
- Dimensions: 8.07 x 5.25 x 1.18 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.79 pounds
Series: Briarstone #1
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-02-09
- Reviewer: Staff
In Haynes’s harrowing second novel set in the English town of Briarstone (after 2014’s Under a Silent Moon), Scarlett Rainsford, who disappeared on a family trip to Greece in 2003 when she was 15, is discovered a decade later during a raid on a brothel, living under an assumed name. The case is particularly vexing for recently promoted Det. Chief Insp. Louisa “Lou” Smith and her Major Crime team, as she worked the original case when Scarlett vanished. As Lou and her fellow officers attempt to determine if the beating of a local ne’er-do-well and the murder of a pub owner are related, Scarlett begins to talk about her ordeal as a prostitute for a European crime ring. When Scarlett vanishes again, Lou must try to find her before the dark forces of her former life can reclaim her. Vivid, unsparing prose, including brutal passages from Scarlett’s point of view, helps make this a haunting, highly disturbing mystery. Agent: Adrian Weston, Adrian Weston Literary Agency. (Apr.)