by Gill Perdue
Pub Date 24 Mar 2022 | Archive Date Not set
'Terrific . . . a powerful blend of police procedural, fantasy and domestic noir' IRISH TIMES
A girl covered in blood. A missing man. A cryptic fairy tale.
Detective Laura Shaw seems to have it all: a supportive husband, a happy two-year-old and a great career. She is her team's top interviewer, brilliant at coaxing victims to open up.
Then, she meets Jenny - a 14-year-old assault victim - and the façade crumbles. Jenny's stepfather is missing, the blood on her clothes is not her own and Laura can't interpret the fairy tale she keeps repeating.
But Jenny isn't the only one with secrets. With every hour that passes, Laura loses more of her grip, grappling with the biggest question of all:
Is every life worth saving?
'Thrilling and utterly compulsive' LIZ NUGENT
'Propulsive' RTÉ GUIDE
'An incredible read, impossible to put down. Gill Perdue is a fresh, assured new voice in Irish crime writing' ANDREA MARA
'Daringly dark and packs a huge emotional punch - an exceptional crime debut that lingers in the memory long after the last page' CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD
'Great, great, great - I am giving it a lot of love...read this one!' RYAN TUBRIDY
'Incredible storytelling' ARLENE HUNT
'Haunting and hypnotic' PATRICIA GIBNEY
'An intense, emotional and utterly compelling narrative' JAKE ARNOTT
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An exceptional debut novel. A slightly slow start but the author has a wonderful way with words and before long the tension is ratcheting up until it is hard to put the book down. The interviewing detective is almost as damaged as the 14 year old victim who has the answers but communicates by creating a sinister fairy tale - and time is running out for the victim. The psychology is fascinating and the detective is forced to take risks to get to the answers. I very much enjoyed it; a change from the usual psychological crime books and I will be recommending it.
Thanks to Penguin and NetGalley for an ARC in return for an honest opinion.
A dark and disturbing novel about a police psychologist conducting an interview, which I couldn't put down until I had finished it.
It gives a harrowing insight into the way a damaged child just might react, and is a lesson in why children should be nurtured and protected. Heart rending stuff.
A fascinating insight into the world of the psychiatric profession and how they deal with trauma survivors. It was interesting and unusual to see a crime investigation conducted by a health care professional using the interview technique and how the victim responded.
Very well researched and an intelligent read which kept me gripped.