It has been a good summer for forensics expert Dr David Hunter. His relationship is going well and he’s in demand again as a police consultant. His life seems to be on an even keel.
But not for long. The call comes from an old associate: a body has been found, and she’d like Hunter to take a look . . .
St Jude’s Hospital now stands empty. Slowly rotting and silently awaiting demolition, the vast, oppressive building’s only visitors have been society’s outcasts, addicts and dealers. And it’s here that the partially mummified corpse has been discovered. Hunter is not sure how long the body has been hidden in the hospital’s cavernous loft, but he’s seen enough to know it’s a young woman. And that she was pregnant.
As the remains are removed for closer examination, a floor collapses revealing a previously sealed off part of a ward. Bricked up inside this hidden chamber are three beds. Two of them are occupied . . .
What other grisly secrets will St Jude’s reveal? The local community is alarmed and the police need answers. For David Hunter, what began as a challenging if straightforward case is about to become a twisted nightmare threatening him and those around him.
Featuring his trademark authentic forensics, claustrophobic sense of place and nerve-shredding tension, Simon Beckett’s new thriller will leave you gasping
I really enjoyed this story and found it to be highly addictive!
I thought that the plot in the book was excellent, it was well written and a fast paced story. I thought that the characters were very well developed and I enjoyed their interaction as the book progressed, it gave the story an added edge for me as I found them to be very believable. I think Hunter is a fascinating character!
The plot is multi-layered and it has plenty of depth without overloading the book with too much detail. This is the sixth book in the series but I found it read fine as a stand-alone, I have not read all of the books in the series and didn’t find myself at any detriment from not reading them in order.
It is 4.5 stars from me for this one, rounded up to 5 stars for Goodreads and Amazon – very highly recommended, it is a well written and thoroughly enjoyable story!!