Lucy Black must protect the young and vulnerable... but can she protect herself?
Late December. A 16-year-old girl is found dead on a train line. Detective Sergeant Lucy Black is called to identify the body. The only clues to the dead teenager's last movements are stored in her mobile phone and on social media - and it soon becomes clear that her 'friends' weren't what they claimed to be.
Lucy is no stranger to death: she is still haunted by the memory of the child she failed to save, and the killer she failed to put behind bars. And with a new boss scrutinizing her every move, she is determined that - this time - she will leave no margin for error.
Hurt is a tense crime thriller about how, in the hands of a predator, trust can turn into terror.
Brian McGilloway was born in Derry, Northern Ireland, in 1974, and teaches English at St Columb's College, Derry. He lives near the Irish borderlands with his wife and their four children.
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Good police procedural in gritty NI setting
Pretty engaging. The child protection aspect is a bit new in police procedurals and was chilling and realistic.
The denouement when you realise the historical political implications which have impacted on this investigation of child grooming and murder.
No, but she was a good reader who could do a range of northern irish accents. I liked her style.
Going on the dark side to rescue vulnerable young girls.
It really showed how investigating child grooming and abuse demands both old police skills and new. It was a well plotted and paced novel with an understandable and sympathetic
female copper at its heart. Way less self indulgent than some modern police procedurals I have read recently.
Are 2nd books as good as the first??
- Mrs A