In Mari Hannah's brilliant, dark mystery—set on the beautiful and wild Northumberland coast—skeletal remains have been discovered beneath the menacing shadows of Bamburgh Castle's fortified walls, and DCI Kate Daniels must solve her most intriguing case yet
Far from their Newcastle base, DCI Kate Daniels and her team find themselves on the rugged Northumberland coast, working their latest baffling investigation. As a blistering weather front closes in, Kate calls on a forensic anthropologist to help identify the remains of a corpse that has been found by the ancient castle on the barren beach. But the more she delves into the case, the more questions surface.
Meanwhile, newly widowed prison psychologist Emily McCann is lured into the twisted world of convicted sex offender Walter Fearon. As his sinister mind games become increasingly disturbing, is it possible that Kate's case has something to do with his murderous past? With Fearon's release fast approaching, Emily fears what he might have in store for her.
As the body count rises, Kate must scramble to outwit a clever, diabolical killer whose fatal games have only just begun.
About the Author
Mari Hannah, the award-winning author of three novels featuring detective Kate Daniels, was born in London and moved north as a child. Her career as a probation officer was cut short when she was injured while on duty, and thereafter she spent several years as a film/television screenwriter. She now lives in Northumberland with her partner, an ex-murder detective. She was the winner of the 2010 Northern Writers' Award and the 2013 Polari First Book Prize and longlisted for the CWA 2014 Dagger in the Library Award. Recently the Kate Daniels series was optioned for television in the UK.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I really liked this book. I mainly read romance or paranormal books. This book was very interesting. At first the two stories in the book are totally separate and interesting on their own. It was great reading how they become connected. Emily has recently lost her husband and now has a strained relationship with her daughter. She has gone back to work probably to soon. Kate Daniels is a great detective and is going through her own things. She misses her ex-girlfriend Jo and has a strained relationship with her father. Recently two bodies have been found on a beach and her team has been assigned to the case. All that is left are bones and they don't have much else to go on. The characters in this book are wonderful. Normally I can figure out who did and what is going to happen but I couldn't in this book. I was totally surprised and loved it. I will definitely be adding other books by Mari Hannah to my TBR list. This book was full of twists and turns, a little romance, angst, and drama. Kate and her team were great and worked so well together. I really felt for Emily she is still grieving for her husband, her daughter is grieving in her own way and Emily is trying to deal with that. Things at work are weird as one of the inmates is obsessed with her. So much happens in the book but I wasn't overwhelmed or lost. The ending was sad but everything was explained and came together wonderfully. I was given this book in return for an honest review