A SAVAGE HUNGER is the fourth in the crime series featuring forensic psychologist Paula Maguire.
Victim: Female. Twenty-two years of age.
Reason for investigation: Missing person.
ID: Alice Morgan. Student. Last seen at a remote religious shrine in Ballyterrin.
Alice Morgan's disappearance raises immediate questions for forensic psychologist Paula Maguire. Alice, the daughter of a life peer in the Home Office, has vanished along with a holy relic - the bones of a saint - and the only trace is the bloodstains on the altar.
With no body to confirm death, the pressure in this high-profile case is all-consuming, and Paula knows that she will have to put her own life, including her imminent marriage, on hold, if they are to find the truth.
A connection to a decades-old murder immediately indicates that all may not be as it seems; as the summer heat rises and tempers fray, can Alice be found or will they learn that those that are hungry for vengeance may be the most savage of all?
A complex, disturbing, resonant novel that remains light on its feet and immensely entertaining - Irish Times
A knockout new talent - Lee Child
Astonishing, powerful and immensely satisfying - Peter James
I read The Silent Dead with my heart in my mouth . . . brilliant - Erin Kelly
A reminder why McGowan has been described as Ireland's answer to Ruth Rendell - Independent