When a three-year old girl is reported missing, DCI Andy Gilchrist is assigned the case. But Gilchrist soon suspects that the child's mother - Andrea Davis - may be responsible for her daughter's disappearance or, worse, her murder.
The case becomes politically sensitive when Gilchrist learns that Andrea is the daughter of Dougal Davis, a former MSP who was forced to resign from Scottish Parliament after being accused of physically abusing his third wife. Now a powerful businessman, Davis demands Gilchrist's removal from the case when his investigation seems to be stalling. But then the case turns on its head when Gilchrist learns that a paedophile, recently released from prison, now lives in the same area as the missing child.
The paedophile is interrogated, but hours later his body is found floating in the harbour with evidence of blunt force trauma to the head, and Gilchrist launches a murder investigation. As pressure relentlessly mounts on Gilchrist, he begins to unravel a dark family secret, a secret he believes will solve the fate of the missing child.
©2016 Frank Muir (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
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4 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 04-03-16

A Change of Tempo and Tone

Like many I’ve really enjoyed this series. The combination of action, fine characters, grisly yet multi-layered plots and excellent narration have been a powerful and winning combination. This time things have changed a little. Compared to The Meating Room and others that preceded it this is a much more considered and less frenetic episode. I still enjoyed it and the narration is, of course still excellent. The plot has the usual twists and turns and Gilchrist’s stress levels are indeed raised because of the case, his family and his relationship with Cooper. Gilchrist also has an interesting tussle with an old enemy within the force and Jessie continues to be a star in her own inimitable way.

It is undoubtedly a change of pace though. Don’t get me wrong it’s a way off becoming Midsomer Murders and there are some tough subjects at the core of this. I do wonder though if Muir struggled a bit with the child theme and reigned in his usual exuberance a bit as a result. Everything naturally becomes more sensitive once young children are at the core of a plot.

I’d still recommend this, I still enjoyed it but it is worth noting that it does run to a different tempo and tone in some ways to the other books. I think these things and the darkening relationship that Gilchrist has with Cooper mean that while still a worthy book it won’t go down as a favourite of mine in this series.

I'll still be buying the next one though!

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5 out of 5 stars
By The Dogs Mum on 18-11-16

Took a while...

Took a while to get into this book - it was my first T F Muir and I wasn't sure whether I should have read the other 5 first, but once I got into it I was glued to my earphones listening at every opportunity.
I shall be going back to start with Book 1.

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