This is the second book that I have read by Elizabeth Haynes and they have both been brilliant reads. I was given an advance review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and I am so pleased I was given the opportunity.
The story features some really tough subjects which I have come to expect from the author. This book focuses on an incident that happened ten years ago when a fifteen-year-old Scarlett Rainsford vanished while on a family holiday in Greece. The story throws up some queries – was she abducted, or did she run away? 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 Crimes team are already stretched working two troubling cases: nineteen-year-old Ian Palmer was found badly beaten; 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? 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…
The characters in the book work so well together, the content is very descriptive and gripping, without spoilers we are dealing in this book with child abuse, rape, people trafficking, prostitution, gang violence and murders – you can’t really get much more crammed in! Its a fantastic read for any crime fan. 5 stars from me.