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A case with no leads.
A victim with no enemies.
A killer with no conscience…
When Detective Beth Young is called to investigate a victim with multiple broken bones, nothing prepares her for what she finds.
James Sinclair is fighting for his life, and Beth can’t shake the idea that the nature of his injuries suggest someone with a personal grudge against him. But James’s devastated wife Laura insists that her kind, softly-spoken husband is a man with no enemies. She was the one with the fiery temper, but James was so calm, she’d never once managed to provoke even a cross word from him in their eight year marriage. And he was the same with everyone – she can’t name one person who might want to hurt him.
But she knows virtually no details about her husband’s childhood or his life before he moved to the Lake District as a young man, and Beth feels sure that the key to finding James’s attacker is hidden in the secrets of his past.
Who was he really? And what is the significance of the coded messages that Beth finds hidden on his laptop?
Then two more bodies are found in one of the deep, picturesque lakes that the area is so famous for, exhibiting similar injuries to the ones James Sinclair suffered. How are they connected? And how many more people are at risk?
Beth knows she is in a race against time to hunt a vicious killer who is both elusive and incredibly dangerous. A killer who knows what James did in the past. Who likes to be one step ahead. But who – if they realise they’re being hunted – might come for Beth next…
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Readers love Graham Smith:
‘If I was to sum up in 3 words: Exciting, spine-tingling and unpredictable. It had me on the edge of my seat at times, especially when we got a glimpse into the killer’s mind, and it literally kept me guessing until the very end.’ Booked up Girl
‘Every now and again something stunning comes along, and now is that time… Not only is the story original, and compelling, but the main character is one of the best fictional Police Detectives I’ve had the pleasure to be introduced to… A great book, just stunning.’ Nigel Adams Bookworm, 5 stars
‘Boy did I love every minute of it!... Everything that a true crime junkie wants and needs to satisfy that craving of thrills and chills… A dark and brooding read that totally held me captive. Parts chilled me to the core whilst other parts caught me off guard, causing an array of emotions. British crime writing at its best.’ By the Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars
‘I devoured this book, such a page-turner!... Still debating 'whodunnit' right up to the very end... Gripping and literally kept me wanting more.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Excelled all expectations and this is a series that is right up there with my favourites… The book is set in one of my favourite places the Lake District with its beautiful scenery but the storyline is gruesome, disturbing and complex.. A gripping, fast paced thriller that grabs all your attention and doesn’t let go, it’s a real whodunnit and I would urge you not to miss it. Highly recommended.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Twisted and gruesome. And brilliant… Hugely atmospheric… he action is full on, and the story is full of tension – my nerves were shredded!’ Suze Reviews
‘Wow is all I can say… A twisty, turny, fast-paced thriller.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Action packed, gritty, grisly in parts but also with some humour…and with a nail-biting build-up of tension this novel delivers on all counts for me. Great characterization and skilfully woven plot strands all add up to a captivating and very enjoyable read. Loved it and comes highly recommended.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would! Absolutely brilliant story and one of my favourites this year.’ Booking Good Read, 5 stars