Detective Carrie Flynn has spent twenty years searching for her little sister, who was kidnapped and never found. The worst part for Carrie is that she was with Hattie on that hot summer day. Carrie saw her sister’s abductor, but she was just a little girl herself, and remembers nothing. She will never forgive herself for letting Hattie down.
When the chance came to join the police force, Carrie didn’t hesitate. She would solve missing person cases and fight for justice – no more families stuck in limbo, no more grieving mothers, no more sisters growing up alone… But now a serial killer is stalking Carrie’s hometown of Manchester: late at night, people are going missing down at the canal. Six years, a dozen disappearances.
When another victim is taken, Carrie is sure the family is hiding something and she’s determined to find out the secret behind their silence. Why does the mother not want to answer Carrie’s questions? Who is the mysterious girl next door? Carrie knows that to track down the killer, she must find out everything she possibly can about the innocents they have chosen to hunt.
Carrie holds on to one fact: last year, standing by the water, she caught a glimpse of the killer, and the distinctive tattoo on his arm. He slipped through her fingers, but she won’t let it happen again. She’ll never stop searching, for the grieving families, for her belief in justice, and her hope that, one day, something she finds will lead her back to her lost little sister.
Can she finally solve the case that has cast a long shadow over her career and will the demons in her own past help her to catch this deadly killer?
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A darkly, chilling , atmospheric walk on the night side of Manchester canals. Someone is killing but is there only one killer ?that’s the scenario detectives are facing along the miles of waterways. Even though some of the plot is about a murderer called ‘The Pusher ‘who gets their thrills from pushing their victims into the cold dark depths of the canals they are not the only focus. The main characters other than Carrie who is investigating the murders are one of the victims mum Emma and her best friend and neighbour Jade. Family dynamics, secrets and lies are all explored as well as the impact a violent death can have on the close family. We see Emma in the depths of despair, grappling with hope and desolation as she searches for answers about the fate of her son. As she struggles we are also investing time with Jade as she looks back on events that got her to where she is now and the big secret she has kept for the last few years. The story intertwines around Emma’s son Jordan who is missing and the police start to look at him and why he came to be missing. Yet no one really knows him, we are given glimpses of his character but no one person knows him well not even his own mother. Highlighting the story from the viewpoint of the families caught up in a police investigation it is a compulsive read. Full of emotion, tension, a dark read that grips you to the very last word.
Thanks to Noelle Holten and Bookouture for my copy of the book, as always these are my own thoughts and opinions.
STAR RATING 4
J.M. Hewitt writes crime fiction and is the author of two previous crime fiction novels and has been published in two short story publications. Her work usually incorporates twentieth and twenty-first century events and far flung locations, and her novels explore the darker side of human behaviour.
In contrast to the sometimes dark content of her books, she lives in a seaside town in Suffolk with her dog, Marley.
When she was ten years old she’d read all the books she owned, all those on her mother’s bookcase and everything the library had to offer. She decided the only course of action to take was to write her own stories. Thirty years later, she is still writing them.
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