Since the birth of their baby daughter, Cameron and Eleanor Sexton have ensured they have a regular date night. They have a regular teenage baby-sitter, Oliver, who is utterly reliable. But when they call from the restaurant to check in, there’s no answer. Panicking, they race home, but what they find is the last thing that they expect.
DS Jessica Daniel and her team investigate, but soon they find that a dangerous killer is at work. But there may be more dangerous people at large than just a murderer – a local club owner seems to be at the centre of everything and he has more than one way of destroying a life. But Jessica has trouble focussing on the case – the people she trusts most in the world are keeping secrets from her, secrets that could tear her life apart.
I’m never sure why I leave it so long between reading Kerry Wilkinson’s work – which is almost exactly the same thing I said when I reviewed Playing With Fire – because his books are always tense and gripping reads – this one took me about a day to finish (although I was off work with some unnameable lurgy which has since departed). As ever, Jessica Daniel is an endearing lead, relatively trauma free (until now?), with her main concern being that she might be getting a little bit old. Of course, as she’s sub-forty, she’s not… I’m halfway to ninety (give or take a few days) so this bit got on my nerves a little. It’s only mentioned very occasionally but my imminent decrepitude did make it stand out.
It’s a fairly clued mystery as well – that’s worth pointing out – although I doubt many readers will spot the killer. There’s quite a lot of distractions going on which should hinder the reader from working it out – although one early plot development that puts an interesting spin on the case is ditched early on in a disappointing manner.
Regardless, this is a winner of a book with some particularly nasty (but not in an explicit way) villains, charming leads and a twisty plot. I’ve still got a couple more of this series on the TBR pile – I’ll try not to leave it so long next time… but I’ve said that before, haven’t I? Regardless, this is Highly Recommended.